General Dental Services
The majority of dental care takes place in General Dental Practice. Practices are often on the high street or with in Health Centres. Most provide dental services as part of the National Health Service, but some also provide private care. Routine Dental care is provided to adults & children with some practices providing more specialist services e.g. Orthodontics (braces).
Salaried Primary Care Dental Service
This dental service provides care to people who cannot access it through the General Dental Service. This may be due to a patient’s physical or mental disability or due to limited NHS dental care in their locality. The salaried dental service may also undertake dental surveys & oral health promotion programmes. In some areas, specialist areas such as Orthodontics or Oral Surgery are also available.
Specialist Dental Services
Some dentists undertake further training in the following specialties:
- Dental Public Health
- Oral & Maxillofacial surgery
- Oral Surgery
- Restorative Dentistry
- Paediatric Dentistry
- Special Care Dentistry
This enables them to undertake more specialist work in Primary Care or hospital services and may be trained to become consultants within the NHS. Some dentists undertake training in Dental Public Health. This is a non-clinical speciality working in NHS organisations to identify dental health needs & ensure dental services meet those needs.
Qualified dentists may take on additional training to pursue a career in academic dentistry where they may undertake training & research, usually within dental teaching hospitals.
An apprenticeship is where an individual works in a job
role whilst gaining a qualification at the same time. Apprenticeships are
work-based training programmes where most of the training is on the job and the
qualification is gained in the workplace or during day release at college.
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups, both adults
and young learners (aged 16+ years). Apprenticeships can be used to train
school leavers and young people new to your organisation or to upskill your current workforce into a new role
or gain skills and a qualification in a current role.
There are a number of apprenticeships suitable for dental
Apprenticeships can be suitable for:
- Administration roles
- Management and leadership roles
Apprenticeship qualifications are a cost effective way of
developing a flexible and skilled workforce fit for the future of dental
The government currently provides funding for
apprenticeship qualifications. The level of funding will vary on the age of the
apprentice and the qualification being undertaken.
You will need to pay the apprenticeship wage for any new
apprentices you are employing. This currently starts at £3.50 per hour. The government offers funding for smaller organisations.
To enquire about taking on an apprentice, please contact:
Conrad Newbold, Widening Participation Manager, Health
Education England, working across the West Midlands.
Please visit the website https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/resources/ for more information on apprenticeships within healthcare.