The work of the dental nurse 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 this apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and the duties of a dental nurse’s role. It provides the apprentice with the relevant qualification to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) for professional registration as a dental nurse.
Dental nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the GDC Scope of Practice document (Sept 2013).
Knowledge and Skills:
The focus of the final assessment is on the apprentice being able to prove their competence in the role of a dental nurse. This entails demonstrating sufficiency of skills, knowledge and behaviours derived from the competencies set out in the standard. The final assessment will begin around three months before the end of the apprenticeship.
The final assessment forms 100% of the assessment of achievement of the apprenticeship standard. The components of the final assessment and the assessment tools being used in this apprenticeship all require the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours in an integrated manner to deliver the learning outcomes required to meet the standard. The final assessments will be synoptic in their design, sampling a sufficiency of skills and knowledge across the training programme and apprenticeship standard.
The final assessment will contain two components: Synoptic Project and Interview.
Your employer will need to provide you with any PPE required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.
Other qualifications within this area are Dental Hygiene Therapist, Laboratory Assistant and Practice Manager.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.