There are a variety of roles in the Dental sector. Providing dental care is a team responsibility, and each member of the dental team has a vital role to play in the promotion and maintenance of oral health.
The majority of Dental Professionals are usually found outside hospitals, working in local communities and high street practices providing care to the general public. With an excellent knowledge of human anatomy and oral disease, they use the best clinical skills to help their patients.
The dental team is made up of the following professions all of which are registered with the general dental council. Dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists, dental therapists, orthodontic therapists, dental technicians and clinical dental technicians.
The focus of dental care is prevention; educating and supporting the public to help them look after their mouths, gums and teeth. When dental disease does occur, however, dental team members can use a variety of sophisticated techniques to treat the patient’s problems.https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/2022.03.08-Dental-Apprenticeship-Standards-Factsheet.pdf
Members of the dental team can pursue their careers in a variety of areas: the high street dental practice, specialised dental, the salaried primary dental care service, acute hospitals , universities and the armed forces.
The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of around 114,000 members of the dental team.
The Dental Occupations Apprenticeship Standards printable gives an overview of the apprenticeships available in this area.
The following apprenticeship standards are approved for delivery in this area.
- Level 3 Dental Nurse
- Level 3 Laboratory Technician (dental)
- Level 4 Dental Practice Manager
- Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner
- Level 4 Orthodontic Therapist
- Level 5 Clinical Dental Technician
- Level 5 Dental Technician
- Level 6 Enhanced Clinical Practitioner
- Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practitioner
Follow the links to see more about each apprenticeship including the stage of development, funding band and duration. You can also download the standard and end point assessment documents as well as checking the training providers and end point assessment organisations that may be available.
You can access our Pathways Tool here.
This tool allows you to see more about how apprentices may progress from one occupation to another.
- IfATE Occupational Maps – Useful for exploring apprenticeships by occupational route
- Dental Hygienist apprenticeship standard – FAQ (This standard is currently in development)
- Dental Nurse apprenticeship – Resource Pack
- Guidance for wider primary and community healthcare teams – Apprenticeships in Dental, Pharmacy and Optometry
- Apprenticeship Costing Calculator / Planning Tools
- Enhanced Clinical Practitioner – Employer Guidance
- Dental apprenticeships information pack
Real Life Stories:
The below individuals are undertaking the Level 3 Laboratory Technician (Digital Dental) apprenticeship standard:
- Emily Makinson
- Jeremy Bunt
- Lucy Gent
- Oliver (Oli) Everest
- Sarah Mastrogiannopoulou
- Panagiotis (Panos) Mastrogiannopoulos
Rebekah Martin is undertaking the Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard.
Chris Little is undertaking the Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard.
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- Meet the Chairs – Dental Trailblazer
- Becoming an Oral Health Practitioner – Real Life Stories
- Case Study: Lauren Cork – L3 Dental Nurse (integrated) apprenticeship