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Specialist in Special Care and Community Dentistry

Job Reference: 00014448
Date Posted: 12 February 2018
Employer: Smile Together
Location: Cornwall
Salary: £72,234 to £83,118
Sector: General Dental Practice > Dentist, Specialist , Specialist > Paediatric Dentist
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 31 August 2018

Job Description

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

 
This is an exciting opportunity to join our West Country Dental Care team in providing Paediatric and Special Care dentistry to vulnerable children and adults resident in the county. We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first - join us in providing this valued NHS dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in a salaried position with the benefit of an NHS pension.
 
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!
 
As Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s leading primary care dental provider, Smile Together own and operate dedicated expert NHS clinics under the name of West Country Dental Care and high street dental practices under our Brighter Dental brand. 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 profits back into the communities in which we serve. Our Brighter Smiles programme brings practical tooth-brushing clubs, educational visits and fluoride varnishes to children in areas of high decay across Cornish communities and we recently acquired a specialist dental laboratory.
 
Please send in your current CV with a covering letter outlining why you’d be a great appointment for us to joinus.smiletogether@nhs.net
 
We’re happy to build flexibility into our recruitment process to best suit you and your circumstances.

Job Title: Specialist in Special Care and Community Dentistry

Salary: £72,324 - £83,118 p/a

Hours: 37.5 hours (full time)

Responsible/

accountable to: Clinical Director

Location: Cornwall

Role Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity to join our West Country Dental Care team in providing Paediatric and Special Care dentistry to vulnerable children and adults resident in the county. We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first - join us in providing this valued NHS dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in a salaried position with the benefit of an NHS pension. We are seeking an experienced dentist who genuinely wants to make a difference in the community, and to occasionally treat visitors to the county on an emergency basis only.

The post holder will:

  • Provide comprehensive Special Care dentistry to vulnerable children and adults who are unable to access general dental practice due to complex physical, medical, mental, behavioural, social, emotional, intellectual, sensory impairment or disability.
  • Treat referred patients, providing treatment with general anaesthesia and sedation as deemed necessary for adults and children
  • Occasionally treat visitors to the county requiring emergency care
  • Work in collaboration with other dental health professionals, and health care and social care professionals
  • Actively engage with Smile Together teams and participate in audit activities, development 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
  • Provide mentoring and training for other members of the clinical team
  • Participate in appropriate community dental and oral health promotion activities - for an example see more about our mobile dental tour in 2017 at: https://smiletogether.co.uk/2017/07/18/impact-special-edition-reaching-communities/
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as requested by the Clinical Director and Smile Together Management Team

Key accountabilities:

  • Prioritising and treating an agreed number of patients per annum
  • Managing patients within current 18 week regulations, where appropriate
  • 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 on-going organisational change and development
  • Working in a number of clinics within East, Mid and/or West Cornwall

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
  • It is expected that the post holder will be willing to receive appropriate on-going training and professional/personal development
  • The work is primarily clinic 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
  • Patients and/or their carers and companions may on occasions be aggressive and abusive and this places emotional demands of which the post holder should be aware
  • There will be occasions where 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 a half of these people are unable to access a General Dental Practitioner
  • There are about 200 General Dental Practitioners in teh county
  • There are two Consultant Oral Surgeons and one Consultant Orthodontist at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro - oral surgery and orthodontics are also provided at Plymouth and Barnstaple
  • Smile Together operates as an employee-owned community interest company from 13 Dental Clinics in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly employing around 30 full and part-time dentists
  • Our almost 100-strong Dental Service 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 'Employer of the Year' in the Cornwall Business Awards 2017, runner up in the Schulke 'Infection, Prevention and Control Awards 2017'. 'Dental Nurse of the Year' in The Dental Awards 2017, and Highly Commended in the Employee Ownership Awards 2017 for 'Positive Impact of the Year'  

Our package includes:  

  • Paid indemnity and GDC registration
  • 32 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays each year
  • Personal relocation support and package of up to £8,000 (where appropriate)
  • A dedicated training package, both clinical to maintain your CPD and wider professional development via our Smile Together Training Academy
  • A friendly support network with an induction colleague assigned to assist your transition to our company
  • Staff benefits package
  • 100% laboratory fees paid
  • Access to reliable equipment including digital x-rays
  • Great work life balance in a beautiful part of the country
  • Opportunity to become a shareholder and have a voice in our employee-owned business  

Equality and Diversity:

The post holder is required to abide by our organisational 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.  

Other:

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.  

Our vision, mission and values:  

Vision – Dentistry with social impact Mission – Creating healthier, happier communities  

Values:

Be generous - demonstrate understanding and patience and go the extra mile for colleagues, patients and the community  

Be bold - feel confident to voice an opinion, offer innovative solutions and feel part of decision making

Be inspirational - look to the future and do what you can to make things better

Be authentic - do what you say you will do and build trust

https://westcountrydentalcare.co.uk 

www.smiletogether.co.uk

 

Person Specification:

Please evidence your knowledge, skills, training and experience against the following criteria:

Factors

 

Description

Essential

Desirable

Assessment*

Clinical knowledge, training and experience

Have a degree/ diploma in Dentistry

 

 

A/C

Have an appropriate higher dental qualification suitable for the role

 

 

 

A/C

 

A background of specialisation in Special Care Dentistry to Masters level

 

 

 

A/C

 

A background in Community Dentistry including paediatrics and GA/or on the GDC Special Care Dentistry or other Specialist List

 

 

 

A/C

 

Full registration with the General Dental Council and Professional Indemnity Insurance

 

 

 

A/C

 

Have or be eligible for a current NHS Performer Number

 

 

 

A/C

 

Competency in the common aspects of clinical dentistry and experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience

 

 

 

A/C/I

 

Experience in all aspects of surgical and general dentistry

 

 

A/C/I

 

A working knowledge of orthodontics in relation to surgical procedures

 

 

 

A/C/I

 

Demonstrable understanding of all aspects of pain and anxiety management, particularly for anxious patients

 

 

A/C/I

 

Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner, and be competent and confident in dealing with patients who need special care dentistry

 

 

A/C/I

 

Ability and knowledge to assess patients’ needs and make the appropriate treatment planning decisions

 

 

A/I

 

Ability to see the wider picture and use diplomacy skills to obtain a satisfactory result for all parties

 

 

 

A/I

 

Evidence of/commitment to continuing professional and personal development

 

 

 

A/C/I

 

Experience in treating a range of oral conditions in various primary healthcare dental settings

 

 

A/I

 

Familiarity with NHS dental services regulations and knowledge / acceptance of NHS / local policies and guidelines

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

 

A/I

 

Knowledge of systems of care provision and current health and safety regulations

 

 

A/C/I

 

Awareness of and ability to keep patient confidentiality

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

 

A/C/I

   

General skills and experience

A current full driving licence

 

 

A/I

 

Occupational health clearance

 

 

A/C

 

A criminal record (DRB) check satisfactory to the organisation

 

 

A/C

 

Efficient IT skills and confidence in utilising new technology

 

 

A/I

 

Ability to handle patient monies and oversee banking arrangements

 

 

A/I

 

Effective time management skills and ability to work within time frames

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

 

A/I/T

 

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

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

 

A/I

 

Ability to work authentically as part of a team, with both clinical and professional support colleagues, doing what you say you will do and building trust

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

 

A/I

 

Ability to demonstrate leadership within a small team, generously going the extra mile for colleagues, patients and the community

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

 

A/I

 

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

 

A/I

 

*Assessment will take place with reference to the following:

 

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