Job Description and Person Specification
About the University of Suffolk Dental Community Interest Company (CIC)
The University of Suffolk Dental Community Interest Company (CIC) is an exciting and innovative collaboration between the University of Suffolk and the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board, seeking to provide high-quality NHS dental services to the population of Suffolk through brand-new, state of the art clinical facilities situated on the scenic Ipswich Waterfront.
Embracing the latest technology and innovation, the facility will offer fully equipped surgeries, intraoral cameras, digital radiography, and access to CBCT diagnostics.
As a new provider of NHS dental care in the region the CIC is well-placed to offer ordinary dental care delivered with extraordinary care. Our ethos is all about enabling dental care, improving oral health by increasing access to dental services and at the same time providing opportunities for those starting or continuing a dental career in the East of England.
In line with current good practice and optimum care delivery, an opportunity to deliver patient-centered care with a focus on prevention, stabilisation, and disease management.
Purpose of the job:
To be part of a wider dental team providing clinical and managerial leadership to dentists, dental therapists/hygienists including recruitment, training & development, supervision and direct line management.
This will include providing a full range of dental care to patients of the dental service from routine examinations to advanced specialist treatments. It is expected that clinical work will be integral to this leadership role.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
◼ Undertakes thorough examination and assessment of adults and children
◼ Undertake the assessment and treatment planning of patients referred in by medical and dental colleagues.
◼ Undertakes the diagnosis, selection of appropriate periodontal techniques and delivery of periodontal care in an effective way. May undertake more advanced periodontal treatment procedures if trained to do so.
◼ Routine exodontia and/or simple surgical extractions. May undertake more advanced surgical procedures if trained to do so.
Undertakes the diagnosis, selection of appropriate restorative technique and the delivery of restoration or replacement of teeth in an effective way. Undertakes a range of restorative techniques utilising developed skills.
◼ Identify commonly occurring emergencies and leads the dental team in the appropriate first line management of the emergency, using appropriate techniques, equipment and drugs. Keeps up to date in this area and is able to advise the dental team. Takes responsibility for organising the training and resources for the acute management of medical emergencies within the service
◼ Lead the team to ensure that patient care from check-in to discharge is of a high standard and operates in accordance with CIC policies on the provision of care.
◼ Assist with post-graduate supervision and training of newly qualified dental graduates and dentists, as necessary. To participate in and provide in-service training and continuing education for other members of the Service.
◼ Participate in Clinical Governance, clinical audit, peer review and other quality initiatives.
◼ Undertake in-service training as required and to demonstrate and record a commitment to continuing dental education. To comply with GDC CPD requirements
◼ Maintain appropriate standards of clinical notes in accordance with the University of Suffolk Dental CIC’ Record Keeping Policies and FGDP guidance.
◼ The post holder may be asked to undertake duties in other clinics within the Service and other Health service establishments when required for holiday or sickness relief or temporary redeployment.
Professionalism, Leadership and Management:
◼ To be responsible for promoting the Organisation’s values and high-performance standards both individually and as a team, in the achievement of our strategic objectives and priorities
◼ Liaise with the dental team, senior leaders and wider colleagues to maintain the effective running of the dental service.
◼ To ensure clinical performance and professional development needs are addressed and that the culture of a learning, innovative organisation delivering high quality clinical services permeates throughout the organisation, with a specific focus on:
- GDC registrant staff and locums
- Foundation Dentists and Foundation Therapists
- Secondees and honorary contract staff
◼ To support mechanisms in place to implement systems and monitor organisational learning from untoward incidents occurring within the social enterprise or from other health care providers.
◼ To develop and maintain a deep knowledge of the clinical landscape, inform service expansion opportunities and support wider recruitment of a talented workforce.
◼ Work collaboratively with primary and secondary care dentistry, unitary authorities, voluntary sector and other NHS and non-NHS stakeholders for the promotion and development of services across the CIC portfolio.
◼ To build a strong external image of clinical excellence for the organisation and create opportunities to enhance the profile of the social enterprise and its services, ensuring high social responsibility.
◼ To carry out any other duties which are commensurate with this grade and role.
◼ Act within the General Dental Council’s (GDC) ethical guidance and standards commensurate to that of a dental professional.
◼ Act within other professional laws and systems including Health and Safety, Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Legislation.
◼ Observe all policies and procedures and maintain the Staff Confidentiality Code of Conduct at all times.
◼ Follow and implement clinical policies and procedures to comply with legislation.
◼ Apply safe working practices and take responsibility for own actions.
◼ Support other members of the dental and wider healthcare team in the interest of patients.
◼ Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through education, training and practice against agreed occupational standards and in accordance with GDC guidance.
◼ Apply an evidence-based approach to learning, practice, clinical judgement and decision making and utilise critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Take responsibility for personal development planning and reflective practice.
◼ Maintain professional behaviour and appearance, including being punctual and polite.
The duties of this post may vary from time to time as a result of new legislation, changes in technology or policy changes. In this case, appropriate training may be given to the post holder to undertake this new varied work.