Level 3 Apprentice Dental Nurse Church Square Dental Practice
The practice is looking to recruit an Apprentice Dental Nurse. You will carry out various dental nursing tasks, working in a busy, fast-paced dental practice, whilst working towards a Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard. No dental qualifications are required as full training will be provided.
Closing date: 17 Feb 2023
£4.81 per hour rising to £5.28 in April, rising to National Minimum Wage after 12 months.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
Total hours per week: 37.5
Possible start date
20 Feb 2023
20 Jan 2023
Level 3 (A level)
What will the apprentice be doing?
The role includes:
- Working alongside the Dentist taking instruction from them and responding in an appropriate manner
- Maintaining good infection control procedures and adhering to policies and protocols
- Ensuring cleanliness of surgery, equipment and instruments used and carrying out general housekeeping duties
- Dictate information from dentist and recording patient information correctly
- Arrange appointments, answering calls and inputting data on the computer
- Assist with administration tasks and ensure records are kept up to date and to maintain confidentiality at all times
Dental nurses interact daily with patients and therefore you must be able to make patients feel welcome and offer reassurance to anxious patients endeavouring to make their experience as comfortable as possible.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Level 3 Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:
- Level 2 functional skills in maths and English (if required)
- End-Point Assessment (EPA)
- There will be limited sessions that will require college attendance at our Walsall Campus, during the training period. All other sessions remain virtual on a once weekly basis.
Full-time apprentices will typically spend 15 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off the-job training. As this vacancy is not a full-time apprenticeship the duration has been extended.
The purpose of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) is to test that an apprentice is fully capable of doing their job before they receive their apprenticeship certificate. It also helps to demonstrate that what an apprentice has learned can be applied in the real world.
EPA methods of examination examples:
- Assessment method 1: Knowledge Test
- Assessment method 2: Observation of Practice
- Assessment method 3: Interview underpinned by a portfolio
The focus is now on the outcome of an apprenticeship and apprentices have to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers have identified they need.
Training is virtual once per week however there are x3 taught sessions that will require mandatory college attendance. Notice of these will be provided upon enrolment.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Once qualified you can register as a dental nurse with the General Dental Council. Progression routes are available and you can study further in dental related qualifications at Level 4:
- Oral Health Practitioner
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential
Things to consider
About the employer
Dental nurse (integrated)
Level 3 (A level)
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