Dental Nurse Apprentice

Type: Apprentice
Region: South West

Are you looking to start a career in Dental Nursing? We have exciting opportunities available for individuals to work with us whilst studying to become a qualified Dental Nurse at our Dental Education Facility in Exeter.

Role: Trainee Dental Nurse Grade: National Minimum Wage

Reports to: Clinic Team Leader / Clinical Educator

Role summary:

The role holder will be enrolled with an online training provider and will be mentored by experienced clinical staff to support the provision of high quality, safe, clinical care which includes all aspects of Primary Care Dentistry and the associated administrative tasks.

The role holder will also be required to take part in student activities such as induction and assessments.

Key accountabilities:

Effective and efficient engagement with all processes required to support the provision of clinical care

Liaison with clinic staff and students to maximise the efficiency of the clinics

Ensure all activities are undertaken in compliance with Equality and Diversity regulations for staff, students and patients

Ensure all clinicians and students are adhering to policies, protocols and processes

Work as a chairside Dental Nurse

Measures of success:

Excellent time management and self-motivation to achieve targets and meet set deadlines

Successful outcomes to items listed in role summary and other delegated tasks

Successful delivery of key priorities and objectives agreed with manager and as part of the performance development review

Positive customer feedback

Manages competing demands

Knowledge, Education and Training:

Excellent numeracy and literacy skills (minimum GCSE grade C, or equivalent, in maths and English)

Computer literacy, including competence with Microsoft Office


Evidence of work in, or an interest in working in, a clinical dental environment


Demonstrates self-leadership

Demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment at all times

Demonstrates commitment and support to PDSE, to PDSE managers and to colleagues

Self-motivated and committed to the training programme

Uses initiative to start and complete tasks without direct supervision

Takes ownership of tasks

Uses own expertise and uses it to develop others

Supports others to achieve goals

Forms good working relationships with colleagues to achieve successful outcomes

Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing demands

Trainee Dental Nurses may occasionally be required to work at other sites. In addition, for Trainee Dental Nurses based in Plymouth, there is a contractual requirement to work across both sites to meet operational requirements.

Exeter and Truro based staff will routinely be based in one site and may occasionally be required to work in any of the other sites.

Other Information:

This job description provides a general reflection of the key accountabilities associated with the post; it is expected that the role holder will undertake any other reasonable activities to assist in efficient service delivery.

This job description is not exhaustive and may change as the post develops, but such change will not take place without consultation between the post holder and their manager. Job descriptions should be reviewed at least annually at the appraisal meeting.

Normal working hours are 08:45 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, however on occasions to meet business need you will be required to work revised hours, typically between 08:00 and 18:00.

This post is subject to pre-employment checks which includes enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post holder will also require clearance from Occupational Health, including clearance for Exposure Prone Procedures (EPPs) and Hepatitis B immunisation.

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