Dental nurse training: Interview tips

Dental nurse training: Interview tips

Do you want FREE staff?

As long as they’re good at what they do, keen to learn, and passionate about the dental profession, then why wouldn’t you want free staff?! Does such a phenomenon exist?

It does at Lotus Dental School! If you’re willing to help our trainee dental nurses pass their qualification by providing them with the vital in-practice experience that they need to hone their skills and complete their Record of Experience, then we have just the solution for you.

Simply put, our students have the drive and desire to succeed in passing their qualification in order to get out there and start making a difference. They are keen and ready to learn from brilliant dental teams like yours and the magic is, you don’t have to pay them while they are learning.

Even better than that, once qualified you will have the option to employ them in your practice and, although there is absolutely no obligation to do so, it works especially well for everyone involved… what better option than taking on a dental nurse who already knows your practice, team and patients and will hit the ground running?

If you’re interested in making a difference to someone’s career in a way that benefits your business too, please email Kelly now at or call 0207 183 4608.
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New faces at Lotus

While it is common for many of us to shy away from change, here at Lotus Dental School we like to embrace it and view it as a positive, driving force. While it can be scary, and in many cases a little sad when people leave, it is always best to use change to our advantage. So, with that said, we’d like to introduce you to three brand new, lovely faces at Lotus Dental Education…

Heidi Grimwood, Dental nurse tutor

Heidi’s primary focus will be to provide the dental nursing students at Lotus Dental School with the under-pinning knowledge to successfully pass their Diploma. In addition to teaching, she will be providing support to our students as when required, as well as monitoring individual progress in line with learning plans. Heidi brings a wealth of experience to this role, having held dental nurse positions since 1993, and training new dental nurses since 2013. During her teaching experience, she has consistently received excellent feedback, and prides herself on building strong relationships with her students in order to encourage them during the learning experience.

Iryna Mardle – ROE markerr

Iryna will be responsible for marking each Record of Experience (ROE) at Lotus Dental School, a vital part of each student’s training. This document provides a portfolio of evidence to show that the student is competent in a range of dental procedures. Iryna is a qualified dentist, with an additional qualification in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Alongside her in-practice skills, she has experience in teaching and lecturing dental and dental nursing students, and will bring huge expertise to this role.

Jane Bailey – Dental Assessor & Internal Quality Assurer (IQA)

Jane has an important role at Lotus Dental School to develop and promote high quality leadership, ensuring that all procedures for the quality of assessments is robust and applied consistently across the qualification by each assessor. She will be regularly monitoring and evaluating the performance of team members to ensure that all staff are continuously up to date. Jane has held a number of NVQ assessor and dental nurse tutor posts, and we are sure that her vast experience will be invaluable here at Lotus Dental School.

We’re extremely pleased to welcome Heidi, Jane and Iryna to the team and look forward to the skills and experience that they will be bringing to Lotus Dental School.

Interview/Interviewee tips

In our last newsletter, we provided some essential advice on how to get your CV in order, and promised to bring you some advice on how to nail interviews. Read on to discover our nuggets of wisdom for helping you to interview so well, they won’t be able to say no!

1. Prepare!

While every interview is different many will cover much of the same ground, so it is possible to prepare yourself for it. Questions like ‘what can you bring to the role/business’, ‘what are your strengths/weaknesses’, and ‘tell us about yourself’ are pretty common, so have something well rehearsed in advance.

2. Research

Try to find out a little bit about the dental practice beforehand, what treatments do they offer, are they private, NHS or mixed, etc. Have a few questions prepared in advance, such as what kind of progression there might be for you, or what training they may offer. This demonstrates ambition and a passion for your career.

3. Do a test run

Being on time is absolutely essential, a late arrival will make a lasting first impression – and not in a good way! Do a test run of the journey in advance, check for things like parking or public transport routes, and factor in traffic you may encounter at certain times of the day.

4. Little extras

Wear something smart but make sure you are comfortable. A dental nurse should be clean, presentable, and practical – so wearing sky-high heels may not be the wisest choice for this occasion. While this might sound obvious, remembering the name of the person you are meeting will go a long way towards making a great impression!

In our next newsletter, we’ll discuss the importance of a great cover letter and how to make yours stand out from the crowd!

Going vegan? Kelly’s top tips

In our last newsletter we discussed getting healthy and promised to bring you Kelly’s top tips on converting to a vegan lifestyle.

According to The Vegan Society, ‘veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.’ This means moving towards a plant-based diet in order to exclude anything sourced from an animal in any way, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, and even things like honey. However, it doesn’t stop at foods, as vegans will also ensure that the clothes that they wear aren’t derived from animals – so no products such as leather or fur – and cosmetics tested on animals are also a no go.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when opting for a vegan lifestyle – it’s not just about food ­– so whatever your reasons, it should never be a rash decision, it should be well thought out in order to be effective and maintainable.


The focus should always be on health, and Kelly truly believes that putting the body under stress or shock is never healthy, so a tapered approach towards a vegan lifestyle is often favoured. Veganism does result in cutting out quite a few food groups, so you should do this gradually to allow your body to adjust.

Many people find it easier to move to a vegetarian diet to start off with, cutting out meat first, and then fish. This means you can still consume dairy products such as milk and cheese, as well as eggs. It’s a good way to transition and in time, once your body has adjusted, you can then think about removing these items for your diet too. There are now plenty of plant-based alternatives available in every supermarket, such as milks made from almonds, cashews, or rice. These are really tasty and you can play around with them until you find the one you like the best. There are even soya or coconut oil based ‘cheeses’ – although we’re yet to find a really good one! Finding alternatives is essential though, otherwise you’ll risk missing out on essential nutrients.


As previously mentioned, a true vegan lifestyle eliminates animal products from all areas of your life, so you’ll also need to check your wardrobe. Leather shoes, bags and belts are an obvious place to start, as well as any real fur items – although we’re all for a bit of faux fur, just check the label before you buy! Don’t throw things away, instead donate them to your favourite charity shop to help raise vital funds for a good cause – it will also mean that those animals didn’t suffer in vain.

The next place is your bathroom, unfortunately this will probably be riddled with products that have been tested on animals because many of the big brands sadly still use this method (there’s many reasons why, but we won’t go into that). The great news is that more and more beauty and cosmetics companies are facing up to this and we’re seeing far more vegan-friendly products becoming more commonly available. PETA have an excellent list of cruelty-free and vegan companies on their website and most manufacturers will state on their packaging if they are against animal testing. The Body Shop is still a high street favourite, making it relatively easy to purchase plenty of your day-to-day items in one place, without spending a fortune.

Whether you’re currently converting to veganism, considering it as an option, or have followed the lifestyle for a number of years, we’d love to hear your top tips! Just email us at – you might even feature in an upcoming newsletter!

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