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Dental Nurse & Decontamination Lead

Job Reference: 00015548
Date Posted: 04 October 2018
Employer: Harbourne Dental Practice
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary: Market Rate
Sector: General Dental Practice > Dental Nurse
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 30 November 2018

Job Description


We are a well-established privately owned Dental Practice with a mix of Private, Plan and NHS Patients. We are looking to recruit a Lead Dental Nurse/Decontamination Lead to join our expanding team based in Harborne, Birmingham.


The position is a full time role.

The Candidate will require at least 3 years experience.


Qualifications and Skills:


Fully qualified Dental Nurse is essential.

Applicants MUST be GDC Registered.

Additional qualifications i.e. sedation, implants, radiography preferred though not essential.
Experience in completing clinical checklists and knowledge of HTM10-05 requirements is desirable.


Purpose of the job


The Decontamination Lead is ultimately responsible for the decontamination and infection control element. The Decontamination Lead must be responsible for all processes in place and ensure that the daily testing of equipment is performed adequately. The individual is also responsible for ensuring that all validation, maintenance, testing and servicing documentation is in place.


Employment duties


  • Perform high quality dental nursing whilst assisting each dentist, hygienist in all procedures in a safe and effective manner in accordance with the ‘Code of Ethics’ of the British Association of Dental Nurses, the GDC’s ‘Scope of Practice’
  • Follow practice policies and procedures
  • Maintain professional indemnity and registration with the GDC
  • Undertake CPD in line with the GDC guidelines
  • Establish, promote and maintain productive working relationships with all members of the dental team
  • Liaise with the practice manager on all matters concerning administration and service conditions
  • Assist with the supervision of trainee dental nurses in the practice
  • Assist with reception duties and perform other clerical duties if required
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work



Key tasks


  • Responsible for all processes in place regarding HTM10-05
  • Ensure that the daily testing of equipment is carried out
  • Responsible for ensuring that all validation, maintenance, testing and servicing documentation is in place.
  • Prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment
  • Carry out infection prevention and control procedures to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory
  • Record dental charting and oral tissue assessment carried out by other registrants
  • Keep full, accurate and contemporaneous patient records and ensure that they are stored securely
  • Prepare equipment materials and patients for dental radiography
  • Monitor, support and reassure patients
  • Give appropriate patient advice
  • Perform the following additional procedures following appropriate training:
  •               Oral health education and oral health promotion
  •               Assist in treatment of patients with special needs
  •               Assist in the treatment of orthodontic patients
  •               Carry out shade taking
  • Segregate waste in accordance with the practice procedures and ensure its safe disposal
  • Liaise with reception over appointments for each patient
  • Monitor and maintain stock within the practice as necessary, informing the practice manager and liaising with the dentists and hygienists over orders or any shortages of materials
  • Follow all professional ethical guidelines including all rules on confidentiality
  • Complete laboratory request forms and keep records of all items sent, received and fitted
  • Check that all necessary laboratory work is returned and ready for each session
  • Assist in all clerical and administrative duties as required by the principal
  • Attend practice annual training for medical emergencies and CPR
  • Perform other tasks in accordance with additional skills you have developed within the GDC ‘Scope of Practice’
  • Identify your training and development needs and undertake appropriate training to maintain and increase competence in nursing skills by following an agreed CPD programme to comply with the GDC requirements



The ideal candidate will be:


Friendly, self motiviated, enthusiastic, well presented, reliable and punctual.

Able to effectively communicate and have strong people skills.

Training will be available in SOE software, though experience with this would be preferred.

Required language – English

Salary will be based on previous experience and discussed at the interview stage.