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DENTAL NURSE TRAINING FAQ's

The training we run is an 18-month programme to achieve a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification, through an Advanced Apprenticeship Standard. All nurses are employed from commencement of the programme and undertake on and off the job training within our own Practices and with our dedicated in-house training team. Practical competencies are undertaken in surgery 4 days per week plus 1 day off-the-job training for underpinning knowledge of practical tasks. It is all about you obtaining hands-on workplace experience, learning academic theory to underpinning competencies at the practice Education Centre, then being assessed when performing tasks to meet National Occupational Standards.

 As one of our dental nurses, you’ll be there as vital and reliable chair-side support to our dental team. A dental nurse supports the dentist/therapist/hygienist in all aspects of patient care, this includes

  • getting the appropriate instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort.
  • taking notes from dentists dictation for records
  • and once the patient has left, the dental nurse disinfects, prepares the surgery for the next patient and decontaminates/sterilises all of the instruments.

In general practice, sometimes the dental nurse may help with reception work – making appointments, taking payments, dealing with paperwork and meeting and reassuring patients.

Dental nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a dental nurse in the armed forces.

From July 2008 all Dental Nurses in the UK must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). The GDC sets the standards for the profession and dental nurses have to comply with the guidance and rulings. City & Guilds is the course awarding body and has a legal responsibility under Dentist Act 1984 to check the quality of all Professional Complementary to Dentistry (PCD) accredited education training providers which lead to registration with GDC.

Student Intake and Selection
Educationally we are looking for students 16-22 years of age, with a good standard GCSE pass, with Grade C or above in English Language and Maths. Science is also preferred, and an understanding of human biology is an asset.
Our apprentice dental nurses are recruited from the Eastern areas i.e. Lowestoft to Norwich and surrounding towns. Most of our Nurses are “home-grown” and they commence their training on leaving school and remain with the practice after qualification. All Nurses are employed personnel from commencement of training.
It is the policy of this practice to offer equal opportunities in employment and training to all staff irrespective of their sex, colour, religion, age or disability or sexual orientation.
Personal Qualities
A Dental Nurse requires a confident, but calm, friendly manner with an understanding and sympathetic approach towards all patients, especially those who are worried or nervous. A good standard of health and manual dexterity is required.
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Career Prospects
Once qualified, nurses are eligible to be included on the GDC national register, allowing you to follow post-qualification courses in Oral Health Education, Conscious Sedation, Orthodontics and Radiography etc.
“The objective of the Practice is to provide the highest quality dental treatment by highly trained staff with total commitment to the National Health Service” -ISO9000
In 1998 the school received accreditation by the “Training and Enterprise Council” as an approved training organisation. In 2001 we were accredited as a City & Guilds “Approved

Earn while you LEARN & DEVELOP!
This is a great alternative to university – at the end of the apprenticeship you’ll already have a job (your salary will increase once you’re qualified too) and you’ll be debt free.

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As an apprentice dental nurse, you will be enrolled on an “ESFA” scheme. We work a five-day Monday – Friday week. If you wish for more details on the course, please contact the

Practice Tutor: Mrs. Rebecca Sturman
Education Centre, 7 Queen Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QP. Tel. 01493 332143

Apprenticeship opportunity in Dental nursing

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Training Information
As an apprentice dental nurse, you will be enrolled on an “ESFA” scheme. We work a five-day Monday – Friday week. If you wish for more details on the course, please contact the Practice Tutor: Mrs. Rebecca Sturman
Education Centre, 7 Queen Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QP