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Dental Nurse

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Dental nurses work as part of a dental team. They help dentists with all aspects of patient care. They assist dentists during treatments as well as possibly taking payments and dealing with paperwork.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

At present many dental nurses work for private dental surgeons. A trainee might start on around £13,000 a year while a qualified nurse might start on around  £18,000 a year.

Dental nurses who work for the National Health Service (NHS) are paid on the Agenda for Change scales. The current pay scales are from April 2018. They start off at Band 3, £18,292 to £21,349 a year. Qualified dental nurses are on Band 4, £20,911 to £23,597 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

In order to work as a dental nurse you must be registered by the General Dental Council (GDC). In order to register you must complete a course approved by the GDC.

The GDC approves two qualifications that are available in Scotland: The National Diploma in Dental Nursing awarded by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN); and SVQ at SCQF Level 7 and PDA in Dental Nursing awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The GDC website has details of qualifications recognised for registration. Most dental nurses work in general practice and hospitals. You might get a job in the community dental service or the armed services. Some companies have their own health centres and you may find work in one of these.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
6250
3.5 %
RISE
2023
6471
  United Kingdom
2018
61719
4.2 %
RISE
2023
64306

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association of Dental Nurses (BADN)
Tel: 01253 338360
Website: http://www.badn.org.uk/
Twitter: @BADNUK

General Dental Council
Tel: 020 7167 6000
Website: http://www.gdc-uk.org/
Twitter: @GDC_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeneralDentalCouncil/

National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)
Tel: 01772 429917
E-mail: info@nebdn.org
Website: http://www.nebdn.org/
Twitter: @NEBDNoffice

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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