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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Apprentice Dental Nurse to join our friendly team. A dental nurse will use their knowledge of dentistry gained during training, to anticipate what is needed during treatment sessions. You will prepare and maintain the clinical environment including the equipment.

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Closing date: 13 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

    4.5 days/week This will rotate between 1x Monday am, 1x Monday pm and 2x Friday pm’s on a 4 week timetable. Exact working days and times to be discussed.

    Total hours per week: 36.25

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Prepare and maintain the clinical environment including the equipment
  • Carryout infection control procedures to prevent physical, chemical, and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory
  • Greeting patients and escorting them to the surgery
  • Record dental charting carried out by the dentist and hygienist
  • Prepare, mix, and handle dental materials
  • Provide chairside support to the operator during treatment
  • Keep full and accurate patient records including their medical history
  • Prepare equipment, materials, and patients for dental radiographs
  • Monitor, support and reassure patients
  • Give appropriate advice to patients
  • Cleaning of staff, clinical and patient areas
  • Assist in the treatment of patients who are under conscious sedation
  • Support the patient and colleagues if there is a medical emergency
  • Make appropriate referrals to other health professionals
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the dentist/hygienist
  • Read, understand, and implement practice policies
  • Ensure vaccination status up to date (including Hepatitis B)
  • Ensure maintain General Dental Council ‘standards for the dental team’
  • Provide cover for staff sickness and holiday

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

College lessons are delivered by Sandwell College in the workplace/online. You will not be required to travel to the college site.

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

  • Extended 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.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

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
  • Implant 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 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential

About the employer

Wall Heath Dental Practice Est. 1974 (Thompson and Gibbs) We are a family run dental practice focused on providing preventive, modern dental care to the whole community. We strive to help you improve your dental health, in turn promoting your general health and wellbeing. Restoring your smile is a rewarding and important part of this. It is our priority to make sure you are at ease and well looked after. We take pride in our friendly approach to delivering dental treatment of a high standard. We have been members of the Denplan Quality programme since 1995 and qualified for Denplan Excel accreditation in 2002 affirming our high standards.








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Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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