Dental Nurse Apprentice Horizon Dental Clinic Blyth

Northern Skills are recruiting on behalf of Horizon Dental Clinic. Horizon Dental provide NHS and Speciality Dental Care in the North East, with practices in Monkseaton and Blyth. The successful candidate will assist the dentist with the day to day running of the practice. They will work towards a Level 3 Qualification in Dental Nursing.

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Closing date: 05 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Days and shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    02 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties include:

  • Follow the practice procedures for infection prevention and control
  • Set-up and prepare the treatment room appropriately for each patient
  • Prepare the necessary materials and instruments, making sure that equipment and instruments are in good working order and maintained regularly in accordance with practice policy
  • Segregate waste in accordance with the practice procedures and ensure its safe disposal
  • Assist in taking radiographs according to your level of training
  • Process, mount and file dental radiographs
  • Maintain and decontaminate equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and your training
  • Liaise with reception over appointments for each patient
  • Escort patients from the waiting room to the surgery, confirm the patient’s medical history is up-to-date and communicate to the dentist [hygienist/therapist] any change in medical history or problems that he/she has noted
  • Provide chair side support to the dentist [hygienist/therapist] during treatment
  • Prepare dental materials as required
  • Monitor, support and reassure patients
  • Assist in the keeping of full and accurate patient records and ensure that they are regularly updated and stored securely
  • Support the patient and colleagues if there is an emergency
  • Provide appropriate advice to patients
  • Monitor and maintain stock within the practice as necessary, informing the practice manager and liaising with the dentists [hygienists/therapists] over orders or any shortages of materials
  • Perform chaperoning duties for dentists [hygienists/therapists] when treating patients

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

  • The successful candidate will work towards a Level 3 Qualification in Dental Nursing
  • Day release at Newcastle Site (Stamp Exchange, Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1SA)  

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Depending on the circumstances of the business upon completion of the apprenticeship programme there could be a potential position of employment available

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Ability to multi-task


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

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. The closing date, interview date and start date are subject to change.  This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they currently hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. Individuals can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or lower level than a qualification they already hold as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship. Northern Skills will check candidates' eligibility prior to any interviews. Please be aware that as Northern Skills provide a recruitment matching service, we will also consider you for roles which pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage.

About the employer

Welcome to Horizon Dental, providing NHS and Speciality Dental Care in the North East, with practices in Monkseaton and Blyth. We pride ourselves in providing high quality care, with a holistic approach, to ensure our patients are happy and confident with their healthy smile.


Horizon Dental Clinic Blyth


58 Beaconsfield Street


NE24 2DS

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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