Relocating to the UK as a Dental Nurse
If you have been fantasising about visiting Hogwarts, spotting a Banksy or tasting fish and chips by the seaside, now is your chance to live your dream and find the next step in your career with a perfectly matched Dental Nurse job in the UK.
This article tells you everything you need to know if you’re thinking about relocating to the UK as a Dental Nurse.
Cost of Living
What you can expect from your cost of living will vary notably depending on where you choose to live in the UK. Expenses such as rent and eating out in restaurants will be more costly in the south of England and major metropolitan hubs such as London, Manchester, and Edinburgh, but cheaper in smaller cities such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol.
On average, you can expect to pay around £1,651 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment in London, £160 a month in transport and £45 for a monthly gym membership. In comparison, a one-bedroom flat in Liverpool will set you back £649, public transport will be £65 and your gym membership just £24.
However, if a major city is at the top of your wishlist, it’s safe to say you’ll find plenty of job opportunities there, so keep an eye out for other benefits that can help balance out the higher cost of living. For example, many organisations build in supplements for workers based in London. The NHS (National Health Service) pays 20% on top of the base salary for roles in Inner London, 15% for Outer London and 5% for Fringe. Just remember, Dental Nurses are in demand all over the country so there are still plenty of jobs out there if the big city life (and price tag) isn’t for you.
Finally, don’t forget to factor in the expenses of your relocation, such as your flights and initial set-up costs like finding somewhere to live. Here at WESolutions, we offer Dental Nurses a great relocation package to ease the transition, which includes covering the cost of your CDC final payment, medical exam, visa fee, COS, flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Click here to register your details and find out more about how we can help you with relocating to the UK.
One of the top reasons to move away from your home city is to immerse yourself in a different culture. Wherever you’re relocating from, you’re bound to find numerous new and exciting cultural activities on offer in the UK.
The British pub scene is legendary, and you’ll be able to sample some of the best pub grub in the world. We’re talking classic fish and chips, hearty roast dinners and sticky toffee puddings covered in custard – all washed down with a pint of local brew. Or if music is more your style, there is a thriving club and live music scene in almost every city. This is, of course, the home of legendary artists and bands like The Beatles, Elton John and Adele.
For a more low-key lifestyle, you can get out into the countryside and hike in the rolling Peak District, romantic Yorkshire Moors or alongside magical Scottish lochs. Travelling further afield is easy with train rides to destinations like Paris or Brussels, and low-cost flights to anywhere on the continent.
Visa & Immigration
There are a few steps you’ll need to follow if you want to apply for a job as a Dental Nurse in the UK.
1. Registration with the General Dental Council (GDC)
If you gained your qualifications outside the UK, you would need to register with the profession’s governing body. This process involves completing an assessment application form, and it can take up to four months before you receive approval. You will need to supply Health and Character certifications, a certificate of your current professional status and in some cases an IELTS certificate.
2. Gain a Skilled Worker visa
Dental Nurses are currently eligible for the UK’s Skilled Worker visa, which means there is a shortage of qualified candidates in the country where recruitment is taking place. When applying for the visa, you will need to have a current job offer because your employer will need to apply for a sponsorship reference number.
Here at WESolutions, we can help you navigate this process and also, match you with openings that will get you one step closer to working as a Dental Nurse in the UK.
As we mentioned previously, Dental Nurses are in demand across the country, and there are opportunities both within the NHS and the private sector. It’s also known as a career that supports flexible working conditions, with many Dental Nurses in the UK working part-time or as locum nurses.
There are clear pathways for progression, and you can take additional training courses to expand your skills into taking x-rays, impressions and making models of teeth. With additional training, you can forge a career path as a Dental Hygienist, Orthodontic Therapist or Dental Therapist.
If you’re not sure what you are looking for in your next role or career in the long term, give one of our experienced team a call to chat through different options.
Start Your Next Adventure in the UK
So, what are you waiting for? A new career and lifestyle await in the UK, ready for you to grab with both hands.
Get in touch with one of our international Dental Nurse recruitment specialists and start planning your exciting overseas adventure today.