Dental Nursing Apprenticeship WINDERMERE DENTAL PRACTICE LTD

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Dental Nurse based in Windemere, Cumbria. As an Apprentice Dental Nurse, you will help the dentist in performing any type of dental care treatment and processes.

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Closing date: 27 Oct 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 to Friday 8:15am to 4:45pm.

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Nov 2023

  • Date posted

    31 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Dental Nursing is a varied and challenging job, no two days are ever the same. You need to be organised, with a friendly personality and be able to deal with sometimes stressful situations.

Chair-Side Support:

* As a dental nurse you will spend much of your day providing chair-side assistance to the dentist during all clinical procedures. It is your job to make sure the equipment and materials that the dentist requires are always available and ready for use, and to support the patient during their treatment, making sure they are as comfortable as possible.


* You may also work on Reception, greeting patients, arranging appointments, taking patient payments, answering the phone, and liaising with other practices, labs or suppliers.

Setting up & cleaning down:

* Just as important as the above, effective setting up, cleaning down and decontamination of instruments is vitally important in a dental practice. As a dental nurse it is your responsibility to maintain excellent standards of hygiene, infection prevention and cross-contamination control at all times to establish a safe working environment for the practice and the patients. 

Stock Control:

* You might be asked to take charge of regular inventory checks and ordering of materials, making sure the dental practice is never out of stock of instruments, materials and equipment for patient or decontamination procedures.


* Being organised and prepared is an important part of being a dental nurse; a large part of your day is spent planning ahead, anticipating what materials or instruments you might need for a particular procedure. Sometimes, a patient will need different treatment to the procedure they have originally been scheduled for and this can sometimes cause delays & stress for everyone. You will also need to be able to help the patient feel at ease throughout their time with you and be able to get on with the wide variety of people you will meet in a day.

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

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • A level 3 qualification which has been approved by the General Dental Council as meeting the requirements for entry to the professional register as a dental nurse.
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English
  • Safeguarding
  • First Aid
  • Preparation for the end point assessment

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Dental Nurses can go on to train as a Hygienist, Therapist or Dentist if they have appropriate qualifications.
Qualifications in OHE, taking of Radiographs or Impressions, move into Practice Management or Senior Dental Nurse positions

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Working week to be confirmed at interview. Please do not contact the company direct. Please note; we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a suitable number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply ASAP if you wish to be considered for this role.

About the employer

Windermere Dental Practice is in the heart of Windermere village. Our relaxed and calm environment warmly welcomes you and your family. We talk in in a language that you will understand and provide the kind of care we would choose for ourselves, friends and family. We offer Denplan Care, Denplan for Children and Private dentistry accessible to everyone.






LA23 1DX

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Training provider



Lauren Reddaway

01254 54659

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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