Dental Nurse Induction

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NHS Education for Scotland (NES) recognises the importance of ensuring all staff begin their work in a positive and supportive environment.

Dental Nurse Induction Programme Overview
Dental Nurse Induction Programme

The Dental Nurse Induction Programme is a blended learning programme which meets the requirements of the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the National Unit: Dental Nursing: Introduction to Safe Working Practices within the Dental Environment at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 5, which is awarded by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Upon booking candidates will have access to learning resources to complete and submit before attending the online study day session.

The Induction study day will consolidate in-practice learning and research towards completing an online assessment at which a pass of 65% is required.

Following successful completion candidates must progress to undertake a pre-registration dental nurse training programme.

Registration to undertake the Dental Nurse Induction programme towards being considered for the 22-23 Modern Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing Programme is now closed and programmes fully booked.

Trainees should now register for the following dates towards being considered for the 23-24 Modern Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing Programme.

Courses are online and the following dates are available for booking:

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Course Booking will close four weeks before the course date to allow sufficient time to complete the Orientation Pack.

The registration and booking should be made by the person wishing to undertake the Dental Nurse Induction Programme.

The course cost is £30.

Cancellations: Please note refunds can only be provided following cancellation up to 30 days prior to the booked session.  Cancellations following this will not be refunded. Please see the programme Terms and Conditions for further information.

Note: You will need to sign in to your Turas account to view and access the Dental Nurse Induction course. If you do not have an account, please register for a free Turas account.

Access the induction programme below to view upcoming dates and book a place:

Dental Nurse Induction Programme: Orientation Pack

The Orientation Pack has a series of tasks that must be completed prior to attending the Induction study day.  The tasks cover four of the most important aspects of their role: 



Health and Safety

Health & Safety

Infection Control

Infection Control

Medical Emergencies

Medical Emergencies

The various tasks within each of the sections require trainees to undertake some research and investigation through reviewing websites and engaging in discussion with colleagues in the practice.

Upon completion of this pack the trainee dental nurse should have a very clear idea of their role and responsibilities as a dental nurse.

Register to undertake a recognised dental nurse training programme

The General Dental Council (GDC) states that Dental Nurses must either be registered or be undertaking a recognised training programme that will lead to registration.  Providing entry requirements have been met, the trainee dental nurse will be eligible to register for NES’ Dental Nurse Training Programme - SVQ and PDA in Dental Nursing.  

Contact Us

For information on the Dental Nurse Induction Programme or for advice on registering contact:

DCP Hub:

Useful Information

For information on employing trainee dental nurses: