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Associate Dentist

Job Reference: 00015821
Date Posted: 21 December 2018
Employer: Smile Together
Location: Newquay, Cornwall
Salary: Market Rate
Sector: General Dental Practice > Dentist
Job Type: Part-Time
Closing Date: 16 April 2019

Job Description

Want to make a real difference? You couldn’t be in better company.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Dentist at Smile Together Dental CIC, working within our Brighter Dental team to support our continuing business growth and development.

Reporting to the Brighter Dental Area Manager, this position will suit someone who is an experienced Dentist looking for a change or who would be interested in relocating to a beautiful part of the country and working in our Newquay practice.

Responsibilities will include working as part of the practice team to ensure our patients are well looked after and we continue to deliver the highest levels of patient care.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join us – we’re having a major impact in the South West and we’re different!

Covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Smile Together is one of the South West’s largest NHS referral and emergency primary dental care providers. We own and operate dedicated expert practices under the name of West Country Dental Care, deliver competitively priced private dentistry under our Brighter Dental brand and own a specialist dental laboratory DPS (Dental Prosthetic Solutions).

An award-winning, forward thinking and innovative company, we function as an employee-owned community interest company and social enterprise with clear rules about reinvesting our profit back into the communities in which we serve. Our Brighter Smiles campaign brings practical toothbrushing clubs, fluoride varnishing and oral health education to children and their families in areas of high decay across Cornish communities, and we reach even deeper into our communities with outreach activities such as Smiles at Sea.

We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first – join us in providing a valued dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Please send in your current CV with a covering letter outlining why you’d be a great appointment for us to

Interviews will be held on - TBC

Job Title: Associate Dentist (Private)

Salary: Competitive – see below for further details

Hours: 21 hours (part time – Monday - Wednesday)

Responsible and accountable to: Brighter Dental Area Manager

Location: Brighter Dental Newquay

Role summary:

This position is based on 3 working days per week, Monday - Wednesday 9am - 5pm, including the option to work at weekends.

The post-holder will deliver dentistry for patients attending on our growing patient list, including those who attend under our patient plan scheme. Delivery of NHS emergency access dentistry will also be a requirement for the post-holder to complete.

The post-holder will:

  • Work as part of the whole dental team to assist in the provision and delivery of dental care services to patients.
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken at the practice are in line with GDC guidelines and Brighter Dental policies and procedures.
  • Be flexible with duties to ensure the smooth running of the practice and take ownership of tasks to ensure these are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Actively engage with Smile Together teams and participate in audit activities, planning and development sessions, and in-house meetings etc.
  • Be responsible for safe working and practice on a day-to-day basis in sites of clinical activity, ensuring compliance with clinical governance and legislation, appropriate health, safety and security procedures within the work area, and report accidents, incidents and near misses using the Smile Together incident reporting procedure.
  • Participate in appropriate community dental and oral health promotion activities – for an example see more about our Smiles at Sea initiative at
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as requested by the Area Manager and Smile Together Management Team.

Key accountabilities:

  • Experience of clinical audits
  • Considerable knowledge and experience of clinical governance
  • Experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience
  • Good IT skills (we use the Dentally Practice Management System)
  • Trained to recognise and respond to medical emergencies (ie. Immediate Life Support techniques)
  • Maintaining and developing your clinical competency and continuing professional/personal development according to agreed training needs via our Smile Together Training Academy
  • Working alongside clinical and professional support colleagues in facilitating ongoing organisational change and development
  • Working in our practice in Newquay

This post requires Occupational Health clearances, DBS clearance and two satisfactory references prior to start date, with all interview and appointment expenses covered including travel and DBS check.

Working conditions:

  • It is expected that the post-holder will be familiar with NHS dental services regulations and will be willing to receive appropriate ongoing training and professional/personal development
  • The work is primarily practice-based and will include use of computer and telephony equipment
  • The work may include occasional light lifting duties such as stationery boxes, files, dental consumables or other deliveries
  • There will be occasions when travel to work in other locations will be required, with paid business mileage

Our environment:

  • Cornwall has a largely rural population of over 530,000 – about half of these people are unable to access a General Dental Practitioner
  • There are about 200 General Dental Practitioners in the county
  • Smile Together operates as an employee-owned community interest company from 13 locations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, employing around 30 full and part-time dentists
  • Our 100-plus team comprises dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses, dental lab technicians and professional support colleagues
  • Smile Together is proud to have won a number of accolades including Highly Commended in the Social Enterprise UK Awards 2018, Employer of the Year in the Cornwall Business Awards 2017, Dental Nurse of the Year in The Dental Awards 2017, Highly Commended in the Employee Ownership Awards 2017 for Positive Impact of the Year and runner-up in the Schülke ‘Infection Prevention and Control Awards 2017’ - see more at

Our package includes:

  • Private treatments to patients (including Patient Plan) and there will be agreed targets in place with a rolling % depending on delivery from 45% to 50% where targets are achieved
  • Deductions would include NHS pension contributions (where applicable), lab bills (charged at 50%), and contribution to non-standard requested materials (charged at 50%)
  • Flexible working to accommodate child or other caring responsibilities
  • A friendly support network with an induction colleague assigned to assist your transition to our company
  • Access to reliable equipment including digital x-rays
  • Outstanding work life balance in a beautiful part of the country

Equality and Diversity:

The post-holder is required to abide by the organisation’s policies and procedures and to actively support the company’s commitment to equality and diversity in both employment and the delivery of services. All patients, staff and visitors must be treated equitably, with dignity and respect, taking into account their race, gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexuality etc.


This job description is not exhaustive and may change as the post develops, but such change will not take place without consultation between the post-holder and his/her manager. Job descriptions should be reviewed at least annually at the appraisal meeting.

Person Specification:

In support of your application, please evidence your skills and experience against the following criteria, giving specific examples






Knowledge, training and experience

Bachelor of Dental Surgery


Full registration with the General Dental Council


Current Performer Number


Substantial postgraduate experience of a full range of clinical dentistry


Considerable knowledge and experience of clinical governance


Trained to recognise and respond to medical emergencies (ie. Immediate Life Support techniques)


Awareness of and ability to keep patient confidentiality


Knowledge of the Data Protection Act/General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and NHS Confidentiality Guidelines (eg. Caldicott) and their implications


General skills and experience

A current full driving licence


Occupational health clearance


Experience of clinical audits


Experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience


Good IT skills (we use the Dentally PMS system)


Effective time management skills and ability to work within time frames


Good interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal)


Ability to demonstrate understanding and patience, balancing compassion, diplomacy and assertiveness


Well organised and able to work efficiently and effectively under pressure, multi task and prioritise


Ability to work authentically as part of a team, doing what you say you will do and building trust


Ability to use own initiative and apply sound judgement, confident to voice an opinion, offer innovative solutions and feel part of decision making


Ability to interact effectively with management, colleagues, the public, advisory bodies and other external stakeholders in a professional and courteous manner


Flexibility and preparedness to change and adapt as circumstances dictate, able to look to the future and do what you can to make things better


*Assessment will take place with reference to the following:

A = Application I = Interview T = Test C = Certificate