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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.

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Closing date: 17 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,379.50

    £4.81 per hour rising to £5.28 in April, rising to National Minimum Wage after 12 months.

    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

    Specific days and shifts are to be confirmed upon interview, with the practice.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    20 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000123683

  • Positions

    1 available

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:

  • Radiography
  • Oral Health Practitioner
  • Sedation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Lang or Lit) (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

Require Hep B inoculation, DBS- Disclosure Barring Service required. There will be exposure to bodily fluids – blood, saliva etc. You will be dealing with nervous patients and children in a very busy and fast paced environment.

About the employer

Church Square Dental Practice is the perfect choice for you! Whether your teeth are in need of a general check up, or you want veneers, we are here to help you. We've been open for more than 40 years, serving the people of Oldbury and Sandwell Valley area. We aim to provide a calming, welcoming and comfortable environment for your visit.

Employer

Church Square Dental Practice

Address

10A CHURCH SQUARE

OLDBURY

B69 4DX

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Training

Training provider

WALSALL COLLEGE

Contact

Emma Worth

eworth@walsallcollege.ac.uk

01922 688638

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)


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