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Dental Nursing Apprenticeship

Level: 3
Duration: 18 months
Description:

The Dental Nurse role complements the role of other dental professionals. One of the primary roles is to provide chair side support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care.

Dental Nurses may work in a variety of clinical environments and the Apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and duties of a dental nurse’s role and will provide the apprentice with the relevant qualification to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) for professional registration as a dental nurse.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of two GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English is essential. A pleasant disposition, good communication skills, the ability to remain calm and maintain confidentiality is also required.

Where will I study:

Blackburn, Blackpool, Carlisle or E-learning modules

Aim:

You would work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Functional Skills – Level 2 English and Maths
  • Additional Qualification – First Aid Certificate
  • End Point Assessment is essential to complete your Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing.

 

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Useful information

It comprises of a Level 3 Standard including a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing followed by the end-point assessment (EPA). Within the Dental Nursing Pathway, the standards are split into three key areas at the end of your apprenticeship, you will have the knowledge and skills listed below:

KNOWLEDGE – THE DENTAL NURSE WILL HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF:

• Dental and regional anatomy

• Respiratory and circulatory systems

• Health promotion and disease prevention

• Transmission of infectious diseases and their prevention

• Materials , equipment and resources

• Medical Emergencies

• Legislative compliance and regulatory requirements

• The Dental team and GDC guidelines

• Communication

• Self-Management

 

SKILLS – THE DENTAL NURSE WILL BE ABLE TO:

• Advise patients on oral health maintenance

• Prepare and maintain the clinical environment before, during and after dental procedures

• Recognise and comply with systems and processes to support safe patient care

• Put patients’ interests first and act to protect them

• Act without discrimination, show integrity and be trustworthy at all times

• Manage own performance and development

• Communicate with the dental team in relation to the direct care of the individual

• Advise patients on oral health maintenance

• Prepare and maintain the clinical environment before, during and after dental procedures

 

BEHAVIOURS – THE DENTAL NURSE WILL DEMONSTRATE:

• Commitment to the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team

• Reliability, working to high standards

• A caring approach toward patients and colleagues

• Take responsibility for own actions and act in accordance with GDC Standards

• Awareness of own impact and influence when working with others

Date last updated:23 February 2021

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