Dental Nursing Apprenticeship Durham Family Dental

Durham Family Dental are seeking a hardworking and enthusiastic Dental Nursing Apprentice to join their team. The successful candidate will gain a Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 26 Feb 2024

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

    Shifts and days to be confirmed at a later date. 1 Saturday shift per month.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Full time apprentice dental nurse position within a fully digital private practice.

Roles of a Dental nurse – training will be given in all areas to comply to with the current job description:


●     Keep the clinical areas and all equipment and instruments clean, tidy and sterile as appropriate according to the practice’s health and safety and infection control procedures and manufacturers' instructions.

●     Use all equipment and machinery in accordance with manufacturers' recommendations and ensure that they are maintained regularly and in good working order.

●     Provide chairside assistance, ensuring that the correct equipment is available.

●     Ensure the care and welfare of patients.

●     Accurately complete patient clinical records as directed.

●     Handle all substances in accordance with health and safety policies.

●     Be familiar and comply with all health and safety rules and guidance, including PPE, COSHH, mercury handling, infection control, waste disposal etc.

●     Complete laboratory request forms, keep records of work sent, received and fitted.

●     Ensure adequate stocks of materials and other items within the surgery.

●     Order new stock supplies as necessary.

●     Ensure computer/written records are accurately maintained and securely stored.

●     Liaise with reception to ensure smooth patient communications and transfer of records.

●     Attend and participate in practice meetings.

●     Other duties as necessary for the efficient operation of the practice (perhaps including the duties and tasks of receptionist as required).

●     Undergo training as may be required to develop skills and abilities.

●     Attend refresher and update training for medical emergencies and CPR.

  • Act in accordance with the practice rules and code of conduct.

The training you will be getting

  • On the job training
  • Day release at Newcastle training offices
  • level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your 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


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

At Durham Family Dental we believe that dentistry is about the whole person and their life – not just the teeth inside your mouth. We want to give people the confidence to stand up, be seen and appreciated for who they truly are. Our purpose is to make everyone feel at home and part of the family. We invest in continuous training for new treatments and technology to provide the very best and most up to date dental health care. Our aim is to ensure you experience a comfortable, relaxed, caring and friendly environment and are always sent home with a smile.


Durham Family Dental


677 Durham Road



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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