Medical and medical support

Dental Nurse

RAF Dental Nurses work alongside our dentists and dental hygienists, providing key support and ensuring patients receive the highest level of treatment.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Select and prepare fillings and impression materials
  • Cast the models on which dentures or appliances are constructed
  • Select, prepare and maintain dental equipment

Similar civilian roles include Dental nurse or Practice manager.

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Dental Nurse in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 Years

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim 
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex  
612 Sqn Leuchars Station, Fife 
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire 

In the RAF

My Role

‘As a dental nurse, I’m part of the team that makes sure everyone is dentally fit – especially before they get deployed. The last thing you want is someone on the front line suffering from toothache.'


My Day

‘My days vary a lot. Sometimes I’ll be working in the surgery and setting it up ready for patients and other days I’ll be in reception making appointments. We’re responsible for the whole base, which means I get to meet everyone. That’s the fun, social side to my job.’

Jenny, Dental Nurse

Training

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

Recruit Training (Phase 1)

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training for unqualified Dental Nurse

The next step is a specialist training course, which lasts for 15 weeks, at Lichfield, Staffordshire. You will learn the tasks of a Dental Nurse and gain an understanding of dental equipment and materials; in addition, you will learn basic first aid skills. Included in the 15 weeks you will complete a 4 week clinical placement at an RAF Unit where you will put the theory and practical skills learned into practice. On completion of this formal course, you will be posted to your first dental centre where you will continue on your training your National Examining Board for Dental Nurses training pathway, completing your Record of Experience under the guidance of a nominated mentor and witness. In order to become a qualified Dental Nurse, you must achieve the National Diploma in Dental Nursing and be professionally registered with the General Dental Council. Unless you meet these criteria you will not be allowed to practice as a Dental Nurse and your retention in the Service will be reviewed. We aim to produce a caring, knowledgeable, competent and skilful Dental Nurse who accepts professional responsibility and appreciates the need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Specialist Training for qualified Dental Nurse

You must be registered with the General Dental Council before this training. Dental Nurses joining the RAF who already hold a professional qualification will comprise of one week Transition to Military Practice course. On completion of this formal course, you will be posted to your first dental centre where you will be inducted into the military under the guidance of your Practice Manager.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

Some Dental Nurses support military oral surgeons and orthodontists with an opportunity to gather additional clinical skills and qualifications which are all transferable once you return to civilian life.

Your First Tour

For your first tour, you’ll be posted to work within an experienced dental team. You’ll have a lot of contact with patients and develop a close working relationship with the other dental nurses, dentists, hygienists and other members of the dental team.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of 12 years on a Notice Engagement. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass Basic Trade Training and a Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. When you reach the rank of Corporal you could work either in a dental practice as the practice supervisor, in a Regional Dental Headquarters or as a dental nurse instructor.

Transferable Skills

The skills and qualifications you can gain are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a job as a civilian Dental Nurse or Practice Manager.

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Requirements

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

You need:
GCSE at Grade C/4-5 in English Language
GCSE at Grade G/1 in Maths
or
SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English
SCE Standard Grade at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in Maths

Qualified Dental Nurses need to have current General Dental Council (GDC) registration. You will also need to have Enhanced DBS clearance.

If Unqualified you must fully research the training pathway leading to the NEBDN Diploma in dental nursing, the General Dental Council (GDC) Standards and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) before attending the specialist interview.
You will also need to have Enhanced DBS clearance.

Age:

  • 16 - 30

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications:

Professional qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). You will need to be working currently as a Dental Nurse and have GCSE/SCEs at grade C/3 in English Language and Mathematics.

Age:

21 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

Be Prepared

THIS ROLE REQUIRES YOU TO TAKE THE AIRMAN SELECTION TEST

Apply

Register your interest for Regular service, and apprenticeships. Use the link below or call the Regular information line.

Full Time Regular

Full Time Regular

Apply for Reserve service now using the link below or by calling the Reserve information line.

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve