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Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Dental Nursing (Apprenticeship)

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The dental industry is an increasingly competitive and expanding profession and in the UK alone is worth around £9 billion.

Dental Nurses assist Dentists with all aspects of patient care, from sterilising instruments and recording patient information to passing instruments and participating during advanced, specialist treatment.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on?the?job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2015, this is £3.30 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. This is also the same for apprentices over the age of 19 but in their first year of their apprenticeship.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a qualified Dental Nurse.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Decontamination of instruments and infection control before, during and after a dental procedure.
  • Helping ensure health and safety in the workplace.
  • Setting up the surgery for dental procedures.
  • Caring for all patients before, during and after treatment.
  • Assisting the clinician in all chair side procedures by anticipating, passing and receiving instruments and items.
  • Handling dental materials.
  • Recording charting.
  • Processing and mounting radiographs.
  • Ordering stock.
  • Liaising with dental labs; communicating to ensure a smooth running practice. Effective communication is key to good teamwork.
  • Communicating with patients.
  • Putting patient's best interests first, always ensuring a patient clearly understands and is at ease.
  • Complying with all organisational and legal requirements.
  • Working well as a team; ensure all tasks are completed on time and to the required standard.
  • Ensuring patient records are saved and stored according to confidentiality.
  • Keeping up to date with the latest training and requirements.

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

Excellent communication skills Time management skills Good organisational skills Teamworking skills as well as the ability to work on own initiative

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs. If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 18 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work?related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship has been developed in response to the increasing demand for highly skilled employees in a wide range of organisations and to up skill the existing workforce to meet their skills priorities.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Julie McKenzie

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