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Dental Therapist

Job Reference: 00014484
Date Posted: 16 February 2018
Employer: Smile Together
Location: Mid and East Cornwall
Salary: £26,260 to £32,320
Sector: General Dental Practice > Dental Therapist
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 30 June 2018

Job Description

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

Whether you’re a recently qualified dental therapist looking for that early career opportunity with mentoring, training and development, are returning from a career break or simply seeking to refocus your dental therapy career in a salaried non-UDA driven role, we have a range of exciting full and part-time opportunities with West Country Dental Care in both Mid and East 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

We’re happy to build flexibility into our recruitment process to best suit you and your circumstances.

Job Title: Dental Therapist

Salary: £26,260 - £32,320 p/a (pro rata)

Hours: 37.5 hours (full time)

Responsible and accountable to: Clinical Director

Location: Mid and East Cornwall

Role Summary:

Whether you’re a recently qualified dental therapist looking for that early career opportunity with mentoring, training and development, are returning from a career break or simply seeking to refocus your dental career in a salaried non-UDA-driven role, we have a range of exciting full and part-time opportunities in both Mid and East 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 therapists who genuinely want to make a difference in their community.

The post holder will:

  • Provide clinical dental treatment within our service on prescription of a Dental Surgeon, for children and adults in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who would otherwise not be able to easily access treatment, and for visitors to the county requiring emergency care
  • Provide specialist treatment and advice to patients who have been referred by a general dental surgeon as being untreatable in General Practice - this is likely to include:
  • Children and adults, some of whom may have a disability
  • People who have challenging behaviour
  • People who are extremely anxious, phobic or distressed by treatment
  • People who are in pain/frustrated and who can be verbally threatening
  • People who are confined to a wheelchair or bed, or who are medically compromised with an illness or disability
  • People who require complex treatment and may also have a debilitating medical condition (eg Multiple Sclerosis)
  • To promote oral health in schools by providing resources for teachers to use and by giving presentations as part of the National Curriculum and in FE Colleges to Child Care and other students (as appropriate)
  • Provide Oral Health support/training/education for patients, carers, schools, fellow professionals and professionals in other areas (eg Health Visitors)
  • Network with the Health Promotion team for key events and participate in appropriate community dental and oral health promotion activities - for an example see more about our mobile dental tour in 2017 at
  • Be actively involved in the Smile Together Dental CIC teams
  • 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
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by your line manager and the Smile Together Management Team

Key accountabilities:

  • Treating target numbers of patients but with time to apply your patient skills, enabling genuine quality care provision
  • Working in clinics within Mid and/or East Cornwall
  • Maintaining and developing your clinical competency and continuining 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 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


  • 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 Consultant 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 or 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.


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
  • Access to reliable equipment including digital x-rays
  • Flexible working to accommodate child or other caring responsibilities, extended study or other breaks
  • 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 Mission – Creating healthier, happier communities


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

Person Specification:

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






Clinical knowledge, training and experience

BSc in Dental Therapy


Diploma of Dental Therapy plus Certificate of Extended Duties in Dental Therapy


A minimum of 3 years dental experience


Full registration with the General Dental Council


Competency in the common aspects of clinical dentistry and experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience, including for example:

  • Fillings in deciduous and permanent teeth which entails cavity preparation using high speed cutting equipment and a variety of materials
  • Giving local anaesthesia by infiltration and/or block injection
  • Pulp treatment of primary teeth
  • Extraction of primary teeth under local anaesthesia
  • Taking and developing intra and extra oral radiographs
  • The application of fissure sealants and topical fluoride treatments
  • Scaling, polishing and root surface debridement
  • Taking impressions
  • Re-cementing of crowns to permanent teeth
  • Deciduous tooth preparation and fitting of preformed metal crowns
  • Individual oral hygiene, diet instruction and advice


Demonstrable understanding of all aspects of pain and anxiety management, particularly for anxious patients


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


Evidence of/commitment to continuing professional and personal development


Experience in treating a range of oral conditions in various primary healthcare dental settings


Familiarity with NHS dental services regulations and knowledge / acceptance of NHS / local policies and guidelines


Trained to recognise and respond to medical emergencies (ie. Immediate Life Support Techniques)


Knowledge of systems of care provision and current health and safety regulations including adherence to COSHH guidelines and ionizing radiation regulations


Awareness of and ability to keep patient confidentiality


Knowledge of the Data Protection Act/General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and NHS Confidentiality Guidelines (eg. Caldicott) and their implications


General skills and experience

A current full driving licence


Occupational health clearance


A criminal record (DRB) check satisfactory to the organisation


Efficient IT skills and confidence in utilising new technology


Ability to handle patient monies and oversee banking arrangements


Effective time management skills and ability to work within time frames


Good interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal)


Ability to demonstrate understanding and patience, balancing compassion, diplomacy and assertiveness


Well organised and able to work efficiently and effectively under pressure, multi task and prioritise


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


Ability to use own initiative and apply sound judgement, confident to voice an opinion, offer innovative solutions and feel part of decision making


Ability to demonstrate leadership within a small team, generously going the extra mile for colleagues, patients and the community


Ability to interact effectively with management, colleagues, the public, advisory bodies and other external stakeholders in a professional and courteous manner


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


*Assessment will take place with reference to the following:

A = Application I = Interview T = Test C = Certificate