Deputy Chief Dental Officer

Welsh Government
Cardiff, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
£61,090 - £71,475
20 Aug 2019
10 Sep 2019
Full time

Deputy Chief Dental Officer

Salary range: Executive Band 1 - £61,090 - £71,475

Closing date: 10/09/2019

The post is pan-Wales, although the post holder is expected to work in Cardiff for part of the week. However they may work from any of the Welsh Government offices and be willing to travel across Wales for meetings and events and support Government business in Wales and in the UK.

Purpose of Post / Pwrpas y swydd:

  • To support the Chief Dental Officer (CDO), ensuring the First Minister, Minister for Health and Social Services, Director General for Health and Social Services and the CDO receive appropriate, timely, high quality and professional advice in respect of the practice of dentistry and the promotion of good oral health.
  • The role provides essential and regular support to the CDO, Deputy Director of Primary Care, Head of Dental Branch and the wider dental team. The CDO’s lead role in policy requires close support from the DCDO to facilitate delivery and to handle much of the day-to-day work of the dental agenda. The DCDO supports the CDO in professional matters and in the delivery of the vision for dental services and oral health in Wales. The work of the DCDO also has a direct impact on delivery of the organisations policies and priorities.

The post has considerable development opportunities in both management and in the areas of policy development, implementation and delivery.

The post-holder will have the ability to develop strong interpersonal skills, working with a wide range of contacts in the NHS, the dental profession, Welsh Government, other Government departments and devolved administrations. They will gain first-hand experience of policy development including helping to formulate secondary legislation and the drafting of policy documents and guidance.

The Deputy Chief Dental Officer represents Welsh Government and is responsible for making decisions regarding specific areas of work. With a view to future career development the post offers successful applicants the opportunity to gain experience and mentorship that will help prepare a clinician for a lead policy role. By the very nature of the job, on occasion the post holder will deputise for the Chief Dental Officer providing an opportunity for someone who may have ambitions to apply for a Chief Dental Officer post in the future.

Job Specific Criteria / Meini Prawf Penodol i’r Swydd

  1. Hold full registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) and have a total of at least 5 years experience working as a registered (or equivalent) dental practitioner;
  2. Experience of working on strategic dental and/or oral health issues and involvement and experience at national, as well as local level, in dental professional organisations, associations or societies.

A wide experience and understanding of dentistry and oral health, of the organisation and governance of the profession and of the relationship of dentistry with other parts of the healthcare system particularly the NHS.

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