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Dental Nurse Opportunities

Job Reference: 00014483
Date Posted: 15 February 2018
Employer: Smile Together
Location: Cornwall
Salary: £19,409 to £22,683
Sector: General Dental Practice > Dental Nurse
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 31 May 2018

Job Description

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

Whether you’re a recently qualified dental nurse looking for that early career opportunity with mentoring, training and development, are returning from a career break or simply seeking to refocus your dental nursing career in a salaried role with non-UDA targets, we have a range of exciting full and part-time opportunities in clinic locations across Cornwall. We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first - join us in providing a valued ‘safety net’ NHS dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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: Dental Nurse

Salary: £19,409 to £22,683 p/a (pro rata)

Hours: 37.5 hours (full time)

Responsible and accountable to: Clinical Lead Dental Nurse

Location: Cornwall – immediate opportunities in St Austell and Truro

Role Summary:

Whether you’re a recently qualified dental nurse looking for that early career opportunity with mentoring, training and development, are returning from a career break or simply seeking to refocus your dental nursing career in a salaried role with non-UDA targets, we have a range of exciting full and part-time opportunities in locations across Cornwall. We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first - join us in providing a valued ‘safety net’ NHS dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We are seeking dental nurses who genuinely want to make a difference in their community.

The post holder will:

  • Assist the dentist during clinical procedures and make independent judgments with regards to equipment, instruments and materials as would be expected of an experienced, qualified dental nurse
  • Book patient appointments and undertake other clinic-based administrative duties as part of a team, working with the dental reception staff when clinical duties permit
  • Recognise and assist with any medical emergencies
  • Provide clinical support for clinicians within a surgery setting, and give appropriate pre-treatment and post treatment advice to patients
  • Ensure high standards or patient care are maintained at all times
  • Assist the dentist when patients are treated with inhalation sedation, where this is offered
  • If appropriately trained and/or qualified to work in General Anaesthetic and Sedation clinics, support the clinical team including the monitoring of patients
  • Provide support and reassurance to patients undergoing dental procedures
  • Monitor and maintain stock control with due regard to efficient use of resources
  • Accurately record patient data, filling and archiving patient records
  • 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/
  • Be responsible for safe working and practice on a day-to-day basis in sites of clinical activity
  • Be responsible for ensuring compliance with appropriate health, safety and security procedures within the work area, and report accidents, incidents and near misses using the Smile Together incident reporting procedure
  • A working knowledge of HTM-01-05 document and Infection Control procedures
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by your line manager

Key accountabilities:

  • Adhering to the GDC standards for the dental team
  • Compliance with CQC standards
  • Working in clinics across Mid, West and/or East Cornwall
  • Maintaining and developing your clinical competency and continuing professional/personal development according to agreed training needs via our Smile Together Training Academy
  • Consider becoming a shareholder and having a voice in our business to help drive forward as an employee-owned Community Interest Company
  • Accommodating on-going organisational change demonstrating flexibility and adaptability

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 post holders will be familiar with NHS dental services regulations
  • It is expected that post holders 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 telephone 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 when travel to work in other locations will be required, with paid business mileage

Environment:

  • Cornwall has a largely rural population of over 530,000 - about 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 Consult 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 13 Dental Clinics in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly employing around 30 full and part-time dentists
  • Our almost 100-strong Dental Services team comprises dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses, dental lab technicians and professional support colleagues
  • Smile Together is proud to have won a number of awards including 'Employer of the Year 2017' in the Cornwall Business Awards, runner up in the Schulke 'Infection, Prevention and Control Awards 2017, 'Dental Nurse of the Year 2017' in The Dental Awards, and Highly Commended in the Employee Ownership Awards 2017 for 'Positive Impact of the Year'

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.

Package includes:

  • Paid indemnity and GDC registration
  • 27 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
  • In-house mentoring and/or a friendly support network with an induction colleague assigned to assist your transition to our company
  • Staff benefits package
  • 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
Our vision, mission and values:

Vision - Dentistry with social impact

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:

In support of your application, please evidence your skills and experience against the following criteria, giving specific examples

Factors

Description

Essential

Desirable

Assessment*

Clinical knowledge, training and experience

NEBDN National Certificate in Dental nursing or NVQ level 3 in Dental Nursing

A/C

Post qualification experience, minimum 2 years

A/C

Registration with the General Dental Council

A/C

Competency in all aspects of chair side dental nursing, assisting in clinical dentistry and experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience

A/C

Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner, and be competent and confident in dealing with patients

A/C/I

Evidence of/commitment to continuing professional and personal development

A/C/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

A/I

Knowledge of systems of care provision and current health and safety regulations including adherence to COSHH guidelines and ionizing radiation regulations, and compliance with HTM 01 05 infection control procedures

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 enhanced disclosure and baring (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, and generously going the extra mile for colleagues, patients and the community

A/I/T

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 interact effectively with management, colleagues, other health professionals, 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