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Being a dental nurse is demanding but a highly rewarding profession where you can use your personality to welcome and reassure patients. You will appreciate the need for excellent customer care paired with the very best dentistry.

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Closing date: 20 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual 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

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 08:30 - 17:00 (1 hour lunch) Wednesday, Friday, 08:30 - 16:00 (30 min lunch)

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    06 Mar 2023

  • Date posted

    21 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We are searching for a motivated, confident, bubbly and friendly individual to join our team. 

Below is a summary of the role of an apprentice Dental Nurse.  The training will be supported and supervised by the Practice Manager and other team members. This is what will ultimately be achieved.

Employment duties:

  • Assist dentist, hygienist or therapist by providing dental chairside support duties relevant to stage of competence under supervision of a named GDC registrant in accordance with the GDC guidance for trainee dental nurses
  • Work towards a nationally recognised qualification leading to the registration with the GDC
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures
  • Establish, promote and maintain productive working relationships with all of the dental team
  • Liaise with the practice manager on all matters concerning administration, pay and conditions
  • Assist with reception duties and perform other clerical duties if required
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work

Develop and demonstrate competence in:

  • The chairside support procedures
  • The manipulation and application of dental materials across a range of dental treatment procedures
  • Knowledge and application of a wide range of dental instruments and equipment relevant for dental procedures
  • Decontamination and preparation of treatment rooms for a range of dental procedures
  • Decontamination of dental devices using appropriate practice decontamination equipment after receiving the necessary vaccinations
  • Decontamination equipment maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Waste segregation and disposal in accordance with the practice policies and procedures
  • Use of the practice computer and X-ray systems
  • Completion of laboratory request forms and keeping records of all items sent, received and fitted
  • Checking that all necessary laboratory work is returned and ready for each session

Provide patient support by:

  • Liaising with reception over appointments for each patient
  • Escorting patients from the waiting room to the surgery, confirming the patient’s medical history is up-to-date and communicating to the dentist or hygiene therapist any change in medical history or problems that he/she has noted
  • Monitoring, supporting and reassuring patients
  • Supporting the patient and colleagues if there is an emergency
  • Providing appropriate advice to patients

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Progression from watching to shadowing and then ‘flying solo’ over the space of a few months, depending on the learner

Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Dental Nursing can lead to several post qualifications including radiology, oral health education and further education to become a dental hygiene therapist
  • You will learn how to become a fantastic dental nurse which will in turn open opportunities to further your career within dentistry

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Customer care skills, Practical, Dexterity, Friendly, Empathetic, Polite, Confident, Hard working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 4/Grade C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 4/Grade C or above) Desired

Things to consider

Dental nurse involves lots of hard work and being on your feet for much of the day.

About the employer

White Friars House is a long established, family dental practice located in the heart of historic Chester. Based in a wonderful Georgian building and staffed with a team of superb dentists, the practice has been looking after many generations of patients and their families. It is believed that dentistry started in that building back in 1859! The team at the practice are immensely proud to be able to offer contemporary, family dental care in a modern environment, while maintaining the character and history of White Friars House.







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Training provider



Claire Garner

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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