Vacancy Detail

Dental Nurse Apprentice

Salary: £15,000 to £18,000
Location: Peterborough, Spalding, Bourne, Market Deeping, Crowland
Ref: 411 - DNA - MH
Job description

Great opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to complete an apprenticeship to become a dental nurse. Full training will given through an accredited training programme within the practice. Once qualified, the successful individual will have exceptional career opportunities and income potential should they wish to extend their knowledge, skills and experience within the industry. Opportunities within the sector such as this are few and far between.

Background requirements:
Some patients will be there for a check-up while others will have more complicated treatment. You’ll need to reassure people and put them at ease, while supporting the team in all aspects of patient care.
You’ll welcome patients into the treatment room and provide direct support with the treatment itself:
• taking responsibility for the decontamination of instruments
• maintaining dental operating equipment
• ensuring that all relevant materials and supplies are in place
• looking after patient records – including making notes when the dentist is examining a patient
• preparing treatments for the dentist during surgery
• working closely with the dentist, responding quickly to requests and generally keeping the surgery
ready for use
• You'll also be responsible for ensuring high standards of cleanliness and control of infection.

Must have skills
Tact and discretion are important qualities for a dental nurse - you will be handling confidential patient information and caring for people who may be anxious. You must be happy to work as part of a team and willing to learn and understand the science behind dentistry. You’ll be dealing with a broad range of people, each with their own characteristics and concerns so you’ll need to be tactful and friendly and able to offer advice and educate others. You will often need to follow instructions from the dentist.

Career development
With extra training you could take x-rays and clinical photographs, take impressions, make models of teeth and apply fluoride varnish to prevent tooth decay. With experience you could training to be a dental hygienist, dental therapist or orthodontic therapists.

You can also acquire additional skills such as impression-taking and providing fluoride varnish as part of dental public health programmes.

Due to the high amount of interest that we receive for each of our roles unfortunately we cannot respond to each application individually, therefore if you do not hear back from one of our consultants you have not been shortlisted for this role.
Please note that our client is an equal opportunities Employer and adheres to all relevant legislation and offer services regardless of age, race, sex, disability or religious belief.
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