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John G. Plummer & Associates

Bradwell, Caister-on-sea, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Hemsby, Lowestoft, New Cotessey, Oulton Village, Thorpe St. Andrew, Wymondham

About Us

We are a well-established family-run dental practice since 1971 and aim to provide quality NHS and Private dental care to the highest standards. It's our philosophy to promote dental health care with emphasis on prevention, education and cosmetic dentistry thereby offering our patients more treatment options and patient choice.

Our dental nurse training ensures members of the dental team remain highly skilled and knowledgeable working towards excellent patient care. Nurses that qualify with us are provided an excellent start to their careers with numerous opportunities for continuing professional development.

Careers and our School of Dental Nursing

Student Intake and Selection – - Educationally we are looking for students 16 to 21 years of age, with a good standard G.C.S.E. pass, Grade C or above in English Language and Maths is essential, with Science also preferred. An understanding of human biology is an asset.

Our apprentice dental nurses are recruited from the Eastern areas i.e. Lowestoft to Norwich and surrounding towns. All nurses are employed personnel from commencement of training and undertake practical in-house training at one or more of the group Practices. It is the policy of this practice to offer equal opportunities in employment and training to all staff.

Personal Qualities - A Dental Nurse requires a confident, but calm, friendly manner with an understanding and sympathetic approach towards all patients, especially those who are worried or nervous. A good standard of health and manual dexterity is required.

Training Programme - The training programme we offer is a 18-24 month Advanced Apprenticeship (Standards) in Dental Nursing. As an apprentice dental nurse, you will be enrolled with City & Guilds and complete the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing. 

Our apprentices are employed from their first day of training and remain with us after completion of the apprenticeship.

Apprentices work a five-day Monday – Friday week with practical competencies undertaken in surgery 4 days per week plus 1 day off-the-job training for underpinning theory knowledge sessions.  

The Role of Dental Nurse - A dental nurse supports the dentist/therapist/hygienist in all aspects of patient care, this includes getting the appropriate instruments and equipment ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort. They will also take notes from dentists’ dictation for records and once the patient has left the surgery, the dental nurse decontaminates the area and sterilises all of the instruments before preparing the surgery for the next patient.

In general practice, sometimes the dental nurse may help with reception work - making appointments, taking payments, dealing with paperwork and meeting and reassuring patients.

Dental nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can work as a dental nurse in the armed forces.

Career Prospects - Once qualified, nurses must register with the General Dental Council to be included on the National Register, allowing you to undertake post-qualification courses in areas such as Oral Health Education, Conscious Sedation, Orthodontics and Radiography. Qualification as a Dental Nurse is an asset for those wishing to become a Dental Hygienist / Therapist.

Training Information - If you wish for more details on the apprenticeship programme and course please contact the Director of Training: Mrs. Rebecca Sturman - rebecca@plummers.co.uk

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