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FAQs

Welcome to our FAQs page! Here, we have compiled answers to commonly asked questions. If you can't find the information you're looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us directly for further assistance.

For Practices

For Practices:

How do I request a locum dental nurse from Opal Dental Locums?

 

To request a locum dental nurse, you can contact our team through phone, email, or our online booking portal. Provide us with the details of your requirements, including the dates, times, and any specific qualifications or skills you prefer. Our team will work closely with you to find the best match for your practice.

 

How quickly can you provide a locum dental nurse?

We understand the urgency when it comes to requiring a locum dental nurse. We prioritise prompt response times and strive to provide cover within hours of your request. For non-urgent needs, we recommend giving us as much notice as possible to help us find the perfect fit for your practice.

 

Are your locum dental nurses fully qualified and registered?

 

We prioritise providing highly skilled locum dental nurses. All of our candidates are fully qualified and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). We maintain a meticulous screening process to ensure they meet our high standards.

 

How does your pricing and payment system work?

 

Transparency and flexibility are essential to our pricing and payment terms. We offer competitive rates and customised pricing options for each assignment based on its duration and specific requirements. For more detailed information, please get in touch with our team.

 

Can you provide locum dental nurses for specialist dental practices?

 

Yes! Our locum dental nurses have expertise in various dental specialisations, and we cater to all types of dental practices, including specialist clinics. We prioritise understanding your unique requirements and finding the best match to provide seamless support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

 

What is the minimum duration for a locum dental nurse placement?

 

We believe in providing customised solutions to meet your practice's unique needs. We offer flexible placement durations ranging from half-day to long-term arrangements, depending on your requirements. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs, and we will find the best possible match for you.

 

How do you ensure the quality and reliability of your locum dental nurses?

 

Ensuring high quality and reliability is our priority. We have a rigorous screening process that includes verifying qualifications and registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), as well as conducting extensive background and reference checks. We also provide ongoing support and training to our locum dental nurses to ensure they consistently deliver exceptional care.

 

Do your locum dental nurses carry their own indemnity insurance?

 

Yes, all our locum dental nurses carry their own indemnity insurance. This provides comprehensive coverage while working at your practice, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on providing high-quality dental care.

 

Can I request a specific locum dental nurse who has previously worked with my practice?

 

While we cannot guarantee the availability of a specific locum dental nurse, we value building strong relationships. Please inform us of your request during the booking, and we will do our best to accommodate it, subject to the locum dental nurse's availability.

 

What happens if a locum dental nurse is unable to attend their scheduled shift?

 

If a locum dental nurse is unable to attend their scheduled shift, we understand the importance of reliable support. We will promptly notify your practice and work to find a suitable replacement as quickly as possible. Our focus is on ensuring that your practice operates smoothly and your patients receive the care they need.

 

Do your locum dental nurses have experience with different dental software systems?

 

Yes, our locum dental nurses have experience with various dental software systems commonly used in practices. They can quickly adapt to your practice's specific software and workflow, ensuring a smooth and efficient transition.

 

Can your locum dental nurses assist with dental practice administration tasks?

 

Our locum dental nurses are highly skilled clinical professionals. However, depending on their experience and your practice's requirements, they are also able to assist with administrative tasks such as appointment scheduling and patient record updates. Please inform us of any additional administrative support needs during the booking process, and we will do our best to meet your requirements.

 

How can I provide feedback or raise any concerns regarding the locum dental nurse?

 

We value your feedback and take any concerns seriously. If you have feedback or need to raise any concerns regarding the locum dental nurse, please contact our team directly. We will address the matter promptly and work towards a satisfactory resolution. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us maintain our high standards of service.

 

Can I schedule a locum dental nurse for weekends or public holidays?

 

Yes, we understand that dental practices may require support on weekends and public holidays. We can arrange locum dental nurses for these specific timeframes to ensure continuity of care for your patients. Please let us know your requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

For Nurses
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For Nurses:

How can I become a locum dental nurse with Opal Dental Locums?

 

To become a locum dental nurse with Opal Dental Locums, you can start by contacting our team by phone or email. We will guide you through the registration process and provide you with the necessary forms and information. Our team will assess your qualifications and experience to ensure you meet our requirements.

 

What qualifications and certifications do I need to work as a locum dental nurse?

 

To work as a locum dental nurse, you will need to hold a recognised dental nursing qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). Additional certifications and qualifications in specialised areas of dentistry can enhance your opportunities for placement assignments.

 

How much flexibility can I expect as a locum dental nurse?

 

As a locum dental nurse, you can enjoy a high degree of flexibility in your work schedule. You can choose the assignments that best suit your availability and preferences. We offer placements ranging from half-day to long-term arrangements, providing you with the flexibility to manage your work-life balance.

 

What types of dental practices can I expect to work in as a locum dental nurse?

 

We cater to various types of dental practices, including general practices and specialist clinics. You may have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, such as NHS practices, private practices, hospitals, and community clinics. This diversity allows you to gain valuable experience and exposure to different practice environments.

 

How will I be matched with suitable dental practices for locum assignments?

 

We carefully match locum dental nurses with suitable dental practices based on their skills, experience, and preferences. Our team takes into account factors such as location, specialisation, and working hours to ensure a good fit between you and the practice. We strive to provide placements that align with your expertise and professional goals.

 

What support can I expect from Opal Dental Locums during my locum assignments?

 

We are committed to providing ongoing support to our locum dental nurses. We offer assistance with the administrative aspects of placements, including booking confirmations, documentation, and coordinating travel arrangements if needed. Additionally, our team is available to address any queries or concerns you may have during your assignments.

 

What happens if I am unable to attend a scheduled locum shift?

 

We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, making it difficult for you to attend a scheduled locum shift. If you are unable to fulfil a shift, please notify us as soon as possible. Our team will work to find a suitable replacement and ensure minimal disruption to the dental practice.

 

How often will I be paid for my locum dental nursing services?

 

We have a prompt payment system in place for locum dental nurses. We typically process payments on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on the arrangement with the dental practice. Our team will provide you with detailed information regarding payment terms and procedures upon registration. 

 

Will I need my own professional indemnity insurance as a locum dental nurse?

 

Yes, as a locum dental nurse, it is essential to have your own professional indemnity insurance. This coverage helps protect you in the event of any unforeseen incidents or claims that may arise during your locum assignments. We make contributions to your indemnity depending on the amount of shifts you have worked.

 

Can I provide feedback or share my experience working as a locum dental nurse with Opal Dental Locums?

 

Yes please, we value your feedback and encourage you to share your experience working as a locum dental nurse. We strive to continuously improve our services and appreciate your insights. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to our team. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us maintain a high standard of service for both locum dental nurses and dental practices.

 

Am I considered an employee (PAYE) or self-employed as a locum dental nurse with Opal Dental Locums?

 

As a locum dental nurse with Opal Dental Locums, you are considered an employee and will be engaged under a PAYE (Pay As You Earn) arrangement. This means that taxes and national insurance contributions will be deducted from your earnings, and you will receive a payslip detailing your income and deductions.

Can I choose the locations where I want to work as a locum dental nurse? 

 

Yes, you can indicate your preferred locations for locum assignments. Our team will consider your preferences and try to match you with dental practices in those areas. However, please note that the availability of placements may vary depending on the demand in specific regions.

 

What happens if I encounter challenges or unfamiliar equipment at a dental practice during a locum assignment?

 

We understand that each dental practice may have different equipment and workflows. If you encounter challenges or unfamiliar equipment during a locum assignment, we encourage you to reach out to the practice manager or staff for guidance. Additionally, our team is available to provide support and answer any questions you may have.

 

Can I work as a locum dental nurse while maintaining a permanent position elsewhere?

 

Yes, many locum dental nurses work on a part-time or flexible basis while maintaining a permanent position elsewhere. Locum work allows you to supplement your income, gain additional experience, and explore different practice settings. We can offer flexible placement options to accommodate your schedule.

 

What professional development opportunities are available to locum dental nurses?

 

We encourage ongoing professional development for locum dental nurses. We provide access to training programs, webinars, and workshops to help you enhance your skills and stay updated with the latest advancements in dental care. We believe in supporting your continuous learning and professional growth. You will have access to free CPD, and more opportunities to grow.

 

How far in advance should I inform Opal Dental Locums about my availability for locum assignments?

To ensure efficient scheduling and maximize your opportunities for locum assignments, it's best to inform us about your availability as early as possible. This allows our team to consider your availability when matching you with suitable placements and helps us plan ahead to meet the needs of dental practices.

 

Are there opportunities for long-term placements as a locum dental nurse?

 

Yes, we offer long-term placement opportunities for locum dental nurses. If you are seeking more stability and continuity in your locum work, we can explore long-term assignments that span several weeks, months, or even longer, based on your availability and the requirements of the dental practice.

 

How can I update my availability or preferences for locum assignments?

 

If you need to update your availability or preferences for locum assignments, you can do so on the app or do so directly. Our team will update your records accordingly and consider your updated information when matching you with suitable placements.

 

Can I choose to decline a locum assignment if it doesn't fit my preferences or availability?

 

We appreciate that personal circumstances or preferences may change, and sometimes an assignment may not be suitable for you. While we encourage professionalism and commitment, if you find yourself unable to accept a locum assignment due to valid reasons, please communicate promptly with our team, and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative if possible.

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