Health (Dental Nursing) (Wales)

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Framework ID: FR04181
Issue number: 15
Issued: 25 January 2018

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Skills for Health

Contact name: Anne Clarke
Telephone number: 0117 9221155
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An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience along with essential and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.On completion of the Apprenticeship, an apprentice will be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the health sector.

About this framework:

Skills for Health is committed to engaging with Welsh employers, professional bodies and other stakeholders in the development of Apprenticeship frameworks. Engagement and consultation is through meetings including face to face and teleconferences and e-consultation. Consultation ensured that employer views are reflected in this framework on the minimum duration, the on and off the job learning time, the inclusion of Essential Skills Wales in IT and the use of a qualification to meet the requirements for ERR and Wider Key Skills Wales. Apprentices will learn new skills and knowledge whilst carrying out real work as part of the healthcare team.

As the Framework includes the City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing, it provides a competence based training route to qualifying as a Dental Nurse, supporting patient care and delivery of dental care.

Workforce Information:
There are about 2,400 Dental Nurses in Wales. All practising Dental Nurses must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), on an approved training programme or on a waiting list for such a programme. The route to registration is through obtaining an approved qualification.

An increasing number of Dental Nurses are being trained each year.  The Health (Dental Nursing) Framework at Level 3 provides a positive route for attracting staff into the dental sector and providing quality assured training to achieve the qualified standard required by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Further information about Dental Nursing Registration can be found at

The Role of the Dental Nurse
The role of a Dental Nurse is varied. Primarily a dental nurse provides chairside support for the clinical team. The team includes dentists, hygienists, therapists, clinical dental technicians and others. Some Dental Nurses undertake additional and extended duties within their scope of practice and clinical competence eg taking impressions, applying fluoride, taking radiographs and providing oral health education. Dental Nurses can also now see patients as part of a preventative programme without the prescription of a Dentist.

Dental Nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a Dental Nurse in the armed forces.

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