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Overview of the role

Assisting other dental health professionals, providing chair side support and a high level of patient care.

Reference Number: ST0113

Details of standard

The funding band for this standard has been reviewed as part of the apprenticeship funding band review. The new funding band is £6000 and will be implemented for all new starts on 1 January 2019. 

Occupation

Dental nurse

Occupational Profile

The Dental Nurse role 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 the Apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and duties of a dental nurse’s role and will provide 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 professional and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the GDC Scope of Practice document (Sept 2013)  http://www.gdc- uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Documents/Scope%20of%20Practice%20September%202013%20(3).pdf

Competencies

Knowledge - The Dental Nurse will have knowledge of:

Dental and regional anatomy

A thorough understanding of dental / oral anatomy and physiology

Respiratory and circulatory systems

How to recognise the range and functions of normal human structures

Health promotion and disease prevention

The basic principles of a population health care approach, including oral and general health care. Factors that can affect oral and general health care. Clear understanding of the role of dental professionals and healthcare teams during the delivery of health promotion. The delivery of oral health care information and preventive information which encourages patient self-care and motivation

Transmission of infectious diseases and their prevention

The potential routes of transmission of infectious agents in a dental environment and mechanisms for the prevention of infection. The scientific principles of decontamination and disinfection and relevance to health and safety and current best practice guidelines

Materials , equipment and resources

Commonly used dental materials and equipment and their uses and applications. Correct usage, handling, storage and disposal of materials and equipment in accordance with workplace and legislative requirements. How to select correct equipment, materials and instruments for all stages during general chair side procedures

Medical Emergencies

The role of the first aider and understanding of equipment, record keeping, recommended good practice and maintaining hygiene throughout. Recognise and support action to deal with medical emergencies

Legislative compliance and regulatory requirements

The appropriate Health and Safety guidance related to the dental environment and equipment, and how to follow these, including maintenance requirements of equipment and resources. Current legislative and statutory requirements relating to personal information, including the recording, storage and protection of personal information.

The Dental team and GDC guidelines

A thorough understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Dental Nurse and other Dental Care Professionals involved in patient management. Legal and ethical responsibilities involved in protecting and promoting the health of individual patients

Communication

The methods of communicating with patients, the dental team and members of the wider health care sector

Self-Management

Understand principles relating to evidence based approaches to learning, clinical and professional practice and decision making. Know consequences of own professional actions, attitudes and behaviours and effects on the dental team, the workplace and public opinion. How to assess own capabilities and limitations in the interest of providing high quality patient care; seeking and using feedback from colleagues or supervisors where appropriate

 Skills - The Dental Nurse will be able to:

Health Promotion

Advise patients on oral health maintenance. Support members of the dental health care team in the delivery of health care advice and preventative support. Recognise and comply with national guidance and best practice, and acknowledging local health initiatives.

Clinical skills

Prepare and maintain the clinical environment before, during and after dental procedures. Prepare records, equipment and resources for all stages of treatment including dental radiography. Work in a safe and efficient manner. Undertake audits, testing and maintenance of equipment and maintain appropriate records to reflect this. Manage and perform effective decontamination and infection control procedures complying with legislative, local and current best practice guidelines. Provide chair side support to the operator during clinical dental procedures. Prepare, mix and handle dental materials in correct manner whilst ensuring manufactures requirements for storage, usage and disposal are facilitated. Record dental charting and oral tissue assessment carried out by other Registrants.

Patient Care

Recognise and comply with systems and processes to support safe patient care. Recognise and take into account the needs of different patients throughout the patient care process. Contribute to obtaining and recording patient clinical history Monitor, support and reassure patients throughout all aspects and processes. Give appropriate patient advice in relation to their needs and treatment plan.

Patient Management

Put patients’ interests first and act to protect them. Act as an advocate for patients’ where appropriate. Communicate with colleagues in relation to the direct care of individuals. Demonstrate safe, prompt and effective first aid in emergency situations Support patients and colleagues in event of medical emergency. Discuss the health risks of diet, drugs and substance misuse and the use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs on oral and general health.

Professionalism

Act without discrimination, show integrity and be trustworthy at all times. Be respectful of patients’ dignity and choices.

Management Skills

Manage own performance and development. Manage the clinical environment within own scope of practice. Recognise and comply with the team working requirements in the Scope of Effectively manage own time and resources.

Communication Skills

Communicate with the dental team in relation to the direct care of the individual. Implement correct methods of communication for spoken, written and electronic records. Have open and effective communication methods with patients and the dental team.

Health Promotion

Advise patients on oral health maintenance. Support members of the dental health care team in the delivery of health care advice and preventative support. Recognise and comply with national guidance and best practice, and acknowledging local health initiatives.

Clinical skills

Prepare and maintain the clinical environment before, during and after dental procedures. Prepare records, equipment and resources for all stages of treatment including dental radiography. Work in a safe and efficient manner. Undertake audits, testing and maintenance of equipment and maintain appropriate records to reflect


Behaviors - The Dental Nurse will demonstrate:

Ethical

Commitment to the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team

Professional

Reliability, working to  high standards A commitment to excellent customer service Effective time management and self-management Appropriate use and storage of confidential information

Commitment

A caring approach toward patients and colleagues A commitment to striving for the best at all times

Responsible

Take responsibility for own actions and act in accordance with GDC Standards. Act and raise concerns as described in the Principles of Raising Concerns. Be responsible for own development and currency of skills, knowledge and understanding whilst ensuring current guidelines and best practice guidance is adhered to. Tale a patient centred approach to working with the dental and wider healthcare team Recognise the impact of own personal behaviours and work/act professionally. Recognise the signs of abuse or neglect and raise concerns where necessary. Implement the processes of informed consent. Recognise and act upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in the protection and promotion of health care to individuals

Reflection and Self Awareness

Awareness of own impact and influence when working with others. An awareness of how to get the best from each individual The ability to reflect on own practice to support self development

Duration

24 months (minimum 18 months)

Level

Level 3

Link to professional registration

On completion of this apprenticeship the apprentice can register with the General Dental Council as a qualified Dental Nurse.

Review

The apprenticeship should be reviewed after a maximum of 3 years.


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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0113
Version: 2
Date updated: 07/11/2018
Approved for delivery: 12 November 2015
Route: Health and science
Typical duration: 18 months
Maximum funding: £9000
Trailblazer contact(s): mustafa@genixhealthcare.com
Employers involved in creating the standard: Genix Healthcare, 211 Dental, 543 Dental Care Centre Ltd, Azam & Associates Healthcare Ltd, Bupa Dental Services, Den Dental Group Practices Ltd, Integrated Dental Holdings, Oasis Healthcare Ltd, Rodericks Dental, Smile Care Group, Acodent Dental Laboratory, Aesthetic Dental Laboratory, Bremandent Premier (Bristol) Ltd, CosTech Elite, Knight Dental Design, Optimum Dental Laboratories, PDS Dental Laboratory, A S Harrison Lab Ltd, S4S (UK) Ltd, Sparkle Dental Labs
EQA Provider: Ofqual

Version log

Version Date updated Change Previous version
2 07/11/2018 Assessment plan updated to meet Ofqual requirements as EQA body

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1 03/10/2018 The funding band for this standard has been reviewed as part of the apprenticeship funding band review. The new funding band is £6000

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1 12/11/2015 Assessment plan added. This standard is now ready for delivery. Previous version
1 12/03/2015 Standard first published.

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