Specialist in Special Care and Community Dentistry

Location
Truro
Salary
OTE
Posted
05 Jun 2018
Closes
04 Jul 2018
Organisations
Community NHS
Contract Type
Associate
Hours
Full time
Practice Type
NHS
Want to make a real difference in the community? You couldn’t be in better company. This is an exciting opportunity to join our client's Dental Care team in providing Paediatric and Special Care dentistry to vulnerable children and adults resident in the county. They are a committed and friendly team that puts their people and patients first - join them 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.
As Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s leading primary care dental provider, our client owns and operates dedicated expert NHS clinics.  An award-winning, forward thinking and innovative company, they function as an employee-owned community interest company and social enterprise with clear rules about reinvesting their profits back into the communities in which they serve. Our client's programme brings practical tooth-brushing clubs, educational visits and fluoride varnishes to children in areas of high decay across Cornish communities and they recently acquired a specialist dental laboratory.
Role Summary:This is an exciting opportunity to join our client's 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 their people and patients first - join them 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. Our client is 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 incident reporting procedure
  • Provide mentoring and training for other members of the clinical team
  • Participate in appropriate community dental and oral health promotion activities
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as requested by the Clinical Director and 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 client's 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 the 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
  • Our client 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
  • Our client 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 client's 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.