Dental Nurse

Eligibility and qualifications

What are we looking for

You’ll need excellent technical and clinical skills and a bright, caring outlook. Our emphasis is on maintaining the highest standards of dental care and in managing patients, so you’ll need to be able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. Above all, you should enjoy working as part of a team, whether in the surgery or helping with routine and emergency tasks on board ship.

Qualifications

Two GCSEs (A* to C) or Scottish Standard grades or equivalent, which must include English language.

You must be aged between 17 and 36.

Skills and interests

You should like

  • Helping People
  • Working in Challenging Environments
  • Working as Part of a Team
  • A Sense of Adventure

You should have these skills

  • Highly Organised
  • Methodical
  • Compassionate and Caring Nature
  • Decisive

 

Career progression

Skills for Life

Training will be a constant feature of your time with us. We’ll help you gain academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. You can also work towards NVQs and other vocational awards. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer.

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Promotion

You’ll start your career as an Able Rate. With some experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand. After that, you may go on to become a Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, then a Warrant Officer. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you may also have the chance to become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be chosen for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can quickly rise through the ranks.

Pay & benefits

You’ll generally join us on a full career, which is 18 years or to age 40, whichever is later. You may have the opportunity to serve beyond this, depending on what you want and the needs of the Royal Navy. If you want to leave, you can send us your request one year before completing your specified return of service. How long this return of service is, will depend on the branch you join. You will need to give 12 months’ notice.

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