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Christmas Break

Last updated Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 15:11

Christmas and New Year shutdown is from 12 noon on Friday 19 December 2014 until Monday 5 January 2015. Part-time course applications during this period can be made online but will not be confirmed until after 5 January.

We hope that the Christmas break will be a happy time for all students but if you need help or support during the College closure, you should contact one of the following helplines: Swindon Family Contact Point - 01793 466903; Wiltshire County Council Children’s Social Care - 01380 826200; Childline – 0800 1111; Samaritans- 08457 90 90 90; Wiltshire County Council Emergency Safeguarding – 0845 60 70 888

Dental Nursing

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Career progression and wage information

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Overview

Dental Nurses are a high priority within the Dental Care Professionals (DCP) group. This is a growth occupation area due to the increased numbers of dentists and dental therapists.

The primary role of the dental nurse is to support the dentist and other members of the dental team in patient care.

In addition to the support role a dental nurse’s range of duties can include patient care, pre- and postoperative decontamination of dental instruments and the surgery environment, and non-clinical duties such as patient education and participation in clinical and practice management issues.

Dental nurses, after appropriate training can now also take and process x-rays.1

Starting salary (once qualified) ranges from £15,000 - £17,000.

What is an Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship is a mix of real work and learning. Apprentices earn a wage and get experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications. An Apprenticeship follows a Level 2 programme and can lead onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which is a Level 3 programme.
 

Example Job Roles as an Apprentice

  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Therapists and Hygienists
  • Oral Health Promotion Team
  • Dental Practice Management
  • Working within related Healthcare roles such as Nursing and Radiography

Apprenticeship Framework

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the framework. Each Apprenticeship framework has three main strands:

  • competence based element
  • technical element
  • skills element

The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job.

1 Skills for Health; Advanced Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing.
Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Competence Element

Advanced – NVQ Level 3 Dental Nursing

Technical Element

Advanced – Level 3 Award in Dental Nursing

Skills Element

Advanced –

Application of Number Level 2

Communication Level 2
 

Other Additional Study

Employment Rights and Responsibilities
 

Apprenticeships Available

  • Apprenticeship 7
  • Advanced Apprenticeship 3 (Average 18 months)
  • Higher Apprenticeship 7

Progression Routes

  • Further Education
  • Higher Education/Foundation Degree
  • Professional Qualifications
  • Management positions
  • Progression to roles within dental sector or health sector

Already Employed?

Are you currently employed but not working towards qualifications? Speak to your employer about converting to an Apprenticeship and ask them to call 08000 150 600 for more information. For more Information and to Apply

Visit:

www.apprenticeships.org.uk
http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk

If you require further advice or support on Apprenticeships please contact your local Connexions or Careers Advice Service.

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