Apprentice Dental Nurse D P RUNDLE

D P Rundle are offering a fantastic opportunity to join their team as an apprentice dental nurse. The role will involve preparing the dental surgery for the patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols. You will also prepare the patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating and draping the patient.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Shifts between Monday- Thursday: 8.30am-1pm, 2pm-6/7pm. Friday 8.30am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    22 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day


  • Prepare the dental surgery for the patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols
  • Prepares the patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating and draping patient
  • Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests
  • Provides instrumentation by sterilising and delivering instruments to the treatment area, positioning instruments for the dentist's access, suctioning, passing instruments
  • Keep the clinical areas and all equipment and instruments clean, tidy and sterile as appropriate and according to the practice’s health and safety and infection control procedures and manufacturers' instructions
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols
  • Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements, following manufacturers instruction, requesting repairs and evaluating new equipment
  • Provide chairside assistance, ensuring that the correct equipment is available
  • Handle all substances in accordance with health and safety policies
  • Provides materials by selecting and mixing materials to the dentist's specification upon request. Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish jobs
  • Provides diagnostic information by digitally developing radiographs
  • Helps the dentist to manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, emergency drug preparation, administering oxygen and telephoning emergency services. Attends compulsory refresher and update training for medical emergencies and CPR
  • Educates patients about oral hygiene, plaque control and giving post-operative instructions
  • Accurately complete patient clinical records as directed
  • Maintains patient confidentiality and does not discriminate
  • Ensure the care and welfare of patients
  • 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, as directed
  • Ensure adequate stocks of materials and other items within the surgery
  • Maintains dental supplies by checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies and highlighting items which require re-ordering in advance
  • 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
  • Undergo training as may be required to develop skills and abilities
  • Act in accordance with the practice rules and code of conduct
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, maintaining continual professional development requirements and continually reviewing and updating their personal development plan.
  • Contributes to team effort

The training you will be getting

  • You will study towards a Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship
  • Your trainer will complete their training at our offices in Newcastle once a week and then you will be with the employer for 4 further days a week

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Depending on the circumstances of the business and 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, Team working, Timekeeping


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

About the employer

Fantastic Dental practice in Newcastle. Offering a wide range of services.




18 Netherby Drive

Newcastle Upon Tyne


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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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