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Apprentice Dental Nurse Poynton House Dental Surgery

You will be required to assist the Dentist, Receptionist and other Dental Nurses with all daily duties in the practice. You will also be providing assistance with all aspects of routine dental care, heavily focused on patient care and disease prevention. Working towards a Level 3 Diploma.

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Closing date: 26 Nov 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    30 hours per week across five days - to be discussed at the interview.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    29 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    09 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The role of an Apprentice Dental Nurse encompasses:

  • Preparing and maintaining the dental equipment, instruments and materials within a dental surgery
  • Carrying out infection control and decontamination procedures
  • Recording dental charting carried out by clinicians
  • Preparing, mixing and handling dental materials
  • Providing chairside support to dentists, therapists and hygienists throughout a range of dental procedures
  • Providing support and reassurance to patients
  • Providing administration support in making appointments, taking payments and dealing with paperwork
  • An experienced dental nurse will use his/her knowledge of dentistry to anticipate what is needed during treatment sessions, a skill that is highly valued by the clinician

On completion of your probation period with the employer, you will be enrolled onto the college course and will gain a professional certificate - Diploma in Dental Nursing at Level 3 which will enable you to register with the GDC as a dental care professional.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You must be a team player with good written and verbal communication skills, excellent organisational skills and good manual dexterity
  • This role will require you to travel to other practices to cover, therefore, you need to be able to adapt to new situations and work well using your own initiative

Personal qualities

  • We expect a friendly, responsible attitude and positive approach to people
  • The dental nurse must be well presented and show a willingness to study
  • Apprentices must maintain a high level of personal hygiene presenting a clean, neat, tidy, smart, safe and practical appearance at work. Apprentices attending training should not be wearing work uniform. Work uniform must not be worn entering or leaving the Practice
  • Footwear should be of a nature that protects the apprentice, flat closed toe shoes (not fabric). Work tunics/scrubs should be presentable and clean every day. Jewellery worn must be consistent with health and safety and professional standards and must not obstruct or prevent an apprentice carrying out their duties. Small stud earrings and a wedding band are the only acceptable forms of jewellery
  • Nails should be short and free of polish, false nails, including but not limited to, shellac, acrylic and gel will not be tolerated. Hair must be kept clean and tied back, hairpieces are not tolerated. Eyelashes must be natural, false eyelashes are not permitted. Make up should be kept to a minimum to maintain a professional image

Desired qualifications

  • To be accepted onto the apprenticeship, you must hold GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent/Functional Skills at Level 2) in both maths and English. Predicted grades can be discussed

Future prospects

There are a wide range of opportunities available to enable registered dental nurses to extend their clinical duties and develop their knowledge and skills within particular areas of interest, for example:

  • Dental radiography
  • Oral health education
  • Sedation dental nursing
  • Orthodontic dental nursing
  • Special care dental nursing
  • Oral surgery dental nursing
  • Taking dental impressions
  • The application of topical fluoride

Dental nurses may also progress onto university to become a dental hygienist/therapist.  

Things to consider

You will need to undertake Hepatitis B vaccinations and a clear DBS check to work in the clinical environment. 

About the employer

Poynton House Dental Surgery is a small friendly practice offering all types of dental treatment for both NHS and Private patients. With an on-site carpark and disability friendly access.

In September 2019 the practice was inspected by the Care Quality Commission and received a good report across all five aspects of the inspection.


Poynton House Dental Surgery



Shropshire Street

Market Drayton


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sandwell College


Ruth Richardson 07981142826

  • College lessons are delivered by Sandwell College in the workplace/online.

You will be trained in the City and Guilds Level 3 Dental Nurse Apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Emergency first aid in the workplace qualification at Level 3
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Completion of this qualification will enable candidates to register with the GDC as a qualified dental nurse. The practice also offers a full in-house training programme to cover the practical aspect of the job role.

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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