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Apprentice Dental Assistant


£159 - £178 per week

Opportunity type


Available hours

33-37 hours per week

Closing date

Job Description

Are you able to recognise that every patient has different needs and expectations, and pride yourself in the courteous service you would deliver to each person who walks through the doors of the practice?

An apprentice will provide clinical support to dentists, hygienists and patients under supervision and assist with reception or any clerical duties as required by the employer.

Please apply now for immediate starts.

Employment duties:

  • Assist dentist, hygienist or therapist by providing dental chairside support duties relevant to stage of competence under supervision of a named GDC registrant in accordance with the GDC guidance for trainee dental nurses
  • Keep a log of your structured induction and on-going compliance training using Training Record template (M 222E) and ensure each training session is counter-signed by your supervisor - a named GDC registrant
  • Work towards a nationally recognised qualification leading to the registration with the GDC
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures
  • Establish, promote and maintain productive working relationships with all of the dental team
  • Liaise with the practice manager on all matters concerning administration, pay and conditions
  • Assist with reception duties and perform other clerical duties if required
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work

Key tasks to be carried out under supervision

  • The chairside support procedures outlined in your Competence Record (M 225)
  • The manipulation and application of dental materials across a range of dental treatment procedures
  • Knowledge and application of a wide range of dental instruments and equipment relevant for dental procedures
  • Decontamination and preparation of treatment rooms for a range of dental procedures Decontamination of dental devices using appropriate practice decontamination equipment after receiving the necessary vaccinations
  • Decontamination equipment maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions
  • Waste segregation and disposal in accordance with the practice policies and procedures Use of the practice computer and X-ray systems
  • Completion of laboratory request forms and keeping records of all items sent, received and fitted
  • Checking that all necessary laboratory work is returned and ready for each session

Provide patient support by

  • Liaising with reception over appointments for each patient
  • Escorting patients from the waiting room to the surgery, confirming the patient's medical history is up-to-date and communicating to the dentist [hygienist/therapist] any change in medical history or problems that he/she has noted
  • Monitoring, supporting and reassuring patients
  • Supporting the patient and colleagues if there is an emergency
  • Providing appropriate advice to patients

Perform chaperoning duties for other clinical GDC registrants

Follow professional ethical guidelines including all rules on confidentiality

Perform reception duties:

  • Answer telephone, receive mail, email
  • Meet and greet patients and/or carers
  • Manage the appointment book, send appointments by mail/email
  • Maintain recall systems
  • File patient clinical records and correspondence securely and ensure they are kept up-to­date
  • Maintain and promote patient confidentiality in relation to patient medical history, details of treatment, financial transactions or any conversation overheard
  • Process patient payments

Attend agreed competence and development training

  • Induction and other structured in-house sessions
  • External training sessions leading to your qualification
  • Practice compliance meetings and training, including annual training for medical emergencies and CPR

Perform other tasks

  • Assist in all clerical and administrative duties as required by the principal
  • Report equipment failures or breakages to the practice manager
  • Bring to the attention of the principal or practice manager any concerns about aspects of the practice, its performance or the performance of others in the practice
  • Attend all practice meetings as requested
  • Perform any other tasks that are reasonably requested by the principal

Skills Required:

  • Highly professional approach
  • Hard Working
  • Flexible
  • Able to multitask
  • Great maths and English skills (both speaking and writing)

Personal Qualities:

  • Able to communicate with customers
  • Likeable
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy

Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum A-C or 9 – 4 GCSE’s in Maths and English or Functional skills level 2