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Level 3 Apprenticeship

Dental Nursing

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.

Apprenticeship information

  • Entry requirements

    A minimum of two GCSE at grade 4 (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?

    In centre at Training 2000 Blackburn or online for remote learners

  • Duration

    18 months

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Functional skills

You may need to complete your English and Maths Functional Skills depending on your GCSE grades or if you cannot provide evidence of your GCSE results.

The Functional Skills programme runs as an addition to the time you are already required to spend doing your 20% off the job and will last a minimum of 2 weeks per subject; if you need to complete both English and Maths that is a minimum of 4 weeks. If a subject then needs re-sitting, this will therefore be more time in the classroom on top of the minimum 2 weeks per subject.

Our Apprenticeship includes:

  • Flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for development and support, this comprises of one day classroom delivery and work based learning
  • Access learning on e-portfolio
  • Awarding body registration and certification
  • Assessor visits

What you'll learn

  • Know and understand the General Dental Council Scope of Practice and Standards for the Dental Team for your role as a dental nurse and that of others in the team
  • Know and understand legislation, policy and procedures related to your role as a dental nurse
  • Know and understand the wider dental and healthcare system that dental nurses work in
  • Know and understand the principles relating to evidence-based approaches to learning, clinical, professional practice and decision-making
  • Know and understand the basic principles of a population healthcare approach including safeguarding, oral and general healthcare and your duty of care
  • Know and understand how to raise concerns as described in the current General Dental Council guidance
  • Know and understand dental and regional anatomy
  • Know and understand the respiratory and circulatory system
  • Know and understand legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients
  • Know and understand duty of candour
  • Know and understand the principals of preventative dentistry
  • Know and understand a range of communication methods, including verbal and non-verbal, listening skills, being aware of the barriers to communication and of how to check you have been understood
  • Know and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality and protecting all data relating to patients and their treatment
  • Know and understand the importance of gaining patient consent
  • Know and understand the equipment, instruments and materials used to provide chair side support to dental professionals, and operate in the clinical environment
  • Know and understand how to assess, reduce and manage risks as outlined in current best practice guidelines
  • Know and understand how to raise concerns that affect the running of the clinical environment inline with local policy and procedures
  • Know and understand the potential routes of transmission of infectious agents in dental practice
  • Know and understand the mechanisms for the prevention of infection
  • Know and understand the scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and the irrelevance to health & safety
  • Know and understand local infection control protocols and your own responsibilities
  • Know and understand the appropriate materials for different treatments
  • Know and understand how to prepare materials in line with manufacturers recommendations
  • Know and understand Health & Safety legislation relating to dental materials and other medication
  • Know and understand the importance of maintaining accurate and current patient records in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements
  • Know and understand the principles of information governance
  • Know and understand the scientific principles of medical ionising radiation
  • Know and understand the statutory regulations in relation to radiography
  • Know and understand the different types of radiographs used in dentistry including how to process and store them
  • Know and understand contributing factors that can impact on oral and general health
  • Know and understand a range of conditions that could contribute to medical emergencies
  • Know and understand the principles of First aid in the workplace
  • Know and understand the regulatory requirements regarding documentation of medical emergencies and first aid incidents
  • Know and understand your own competence and limitations in dealing with medical emergencies
  • Know and understand ways to maintain your professional knowledge and competence including reflecting on your own practice
  • Know and understand the importance of appraisal, training and ongoing review including ways to give and receive feedback
  • Know and understand the consequences of own professional actions, attitudes and behaviours and their effect on own registration, other registrants, the dental team, the workplace and public opinion
  • Know and understand audit and quality improvement processes
  • Know and understand health and safety policy related to your role as a dental nurse
  • Know and understand the importance of maintaining your own network of dental professionals and other stakeholders involved in the care and support of patients

Next steps

On completion of this course you may want to consider the following options to further your career.

Where can you progress to?

Frequently asked questions

Your workplace will provide you with a uniform

Yes you would need a laptop or computer as your portfolio is electronic

You will need to have a hep B vaccination and TB if you haven’t already had it

Yes you will be observed for a variety of procedures. This will be agreed with you prior to any observations happening

If we have any vacancies we will put your name forward for an interview

Yes there is no upper age limit on doing an Apprenticeship

There are so many different routes you could take including: Dental Therapist, Oral Health Educator, join the Armed Forces or Dentist. As we are part of the University of Central Lancashire, you can easily progress to one of their Degrees.

Unfortunately you will be required to fund your own travel costs

You will be paid the Apprenticeship national minimum wage, although some workplaces may pay you more.

This would depend on your workplace, but a minimum of 28 days if working full time, this may include your bank holidays.

This depends on your workplace but no more than 40 hours per week

Yes you will be allocated a mentor in your workplace

You can apply and we may accept you on the programme if we feel you could achieve a Level 2 Functional Skill whilst completing your Apprenticeship.

The minimum amount of time to complete the diploma qualification is 15 months then you have 3 months to complete your End Point Assessment.

Yes, you have four exams to sit during your Apprenticeship and then an End Point Assessment which assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the Apprenticeship.