Dentist opportunity for Service Lead and Specialist in Special Care Dentistry

Smile Together Dental CIC

job description

Dentist opportunity for Specialist in Special Care Dentistry – Full Time – brand new, purpose-designed dental centre in Bodmin, Cornwall


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



An exciting opportunity for an experienced dentist and specialist in special care to join Smile Together Dental CIC, as Service Lead within our West Country Dental Care team, to support our continuing business growth and development.



Reporting to our Clinical Director this position will suit someone who has strong leadership and team-working attributes who is enthusiastic, visionary and self-motivated, with the presence and credibility to generate commitment and support from other team members and external partners



Responsibilities will include leading the Special Care and Community Team comprising dentists, therapists and nurses and provide comprehensive Special Care dentistry to vulnerable children and adults who are unable to access general dental practice due to complex physical, medical, mental, behavioural, social, emotional, intellectual, sensory impairment or disability



It’s never been a more exciting time to join us – we’re having a major impact in the County and we’re different!



Covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Smile Together is one of the South West’s largest NHS referral and emergency primary dental care providers. Our West Country Dental Care team provides urgent dental treatments for people who don’t have their own dentist, run out-of-hours surgeries and apply expert skills to treat children and adults with a range of special care needs alongside oral surgery, children’s orthodontics and treatments under general anaesthetic in a hospital setting. Under our Brighter Dental brand we provide competitively priced private dentistry from practices based in the heart of their communities, and we own a specialist dental laboratory DPS (Dental Prosthetic Solutions).



An award-winning and innovative organisation, we function as an employee-owned community interest company and social enterprise with clear rules about reinvesting our profits back into the community. Our Brighter Smiles campaign brings practical tooth-brushing clubs, fluoride varnishing and oral health education to children in areas of high decay across Cornish communities, and we reach further into our communities with outreach activities such as Smiles At Sea.



When we launched in 2016 as an employee-owned dental social enterprise and community interest company, one of the things our team felt passionately about was enhancing our clinical environments and treatment options for patients – to improve our community dental services, exceed patient expectations and enable everyone to deliver above and beyond what we’re commissioned, contracted and inspired to do. Underpinning our mission of delivering ‘dentistry with social impact’. We therefore purchased a wonderful old building in Bodmin and are currently transforming it into a brand new, purpose-built dental centre in the heart of our community. Our shared vision for the building is to enhance dental services and quality of provision, delivering an outstanding patient experience. Ultimately it will be a development for us all to be proud of – in line with our vision of creating happier healthier communities, it will transform dentistry in Cornwall. Please see https://smiletogether.co.uk/harleigh-road-bodmin/



We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first – join us in providing a valued dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.



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





Job Title: Service Lead and Specialist in Special Care



Salary: Band C (excellent salary and package open to discussion)



Hours: 37.5 hours (full time)



Responsible and accountable to: Clinical Director



Location: Bodmin, Cornwall



 



Role summary:



Bring an outstanding community approach to our brand new purpose-designed special care facility, as well as delivering a range of treatments in local secondary care centres, thus ensuring continuity of care in the best interests of our patients. Whilst treating referred patients, providing treatment with general anaesthesia and sedation as deemed necessary for adults and children.



 



The post holder’s responsibilities include:




  • Leading the Special Care and Community Team comprising dentists, therapists and nurses

  • Providing comprehensive Special Care dentistry to vulnerable children and adults who are unable to access general dental practice due to complex physical, medical, mental, behavioural, social, emotional, intellectual, sensory impairment or disability

  • Treating referred patients, providing treatment with general anaesthesia and sedation as deemed necessary for adults and children

  • Bringing an outstanding community approach to our new purpose-designed special care dental centre, as well as delivering a range of treatments in local secondary care centres, thus ensuring continuity of care in the best interests of our patients

  • Working in collaboration with other dental health professionals, and health care and social care professionals

  • Actively engaging with Smile Together teams and participate in audit activities, development and in-house meetings etc

  • Being the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children Lead

  • Being the Controlled Drugs Lead for Smile Together

  • Being responsible for safe working and practice on a day-to-day basis in sites of clinical activity, ensuring compliance with clinical governance and legislation, appropriate health, safety and security procedures within the work area, and report accidents, incidents and near misses using the Smile Together incident reporting procedure

  • Participating in the Quality Committee

  • Providing mentoring and training for other members of the clinical team

  • Representing Smile Together on the local Special Care MCN and other external bodies

  • Being responsible for further developing relationships with the regional acute hospital departments, Peninsula Dental School (and other schools) and other local dental providers

  • Actively engaging with Smile Together teams and participate in audit activities, planning and development sessions, and in-house meetings etc

  • Being responsible for safe working and practice on a day-to-day basis in sites of clinical activity, ensuring compliance with clinical governance and legislation, appropriate health, safety and security procedures within the work area, and report accidents, incidents and near misses using the Smile Together incident reporting procedure

  • Participating in appropriate community dental and oral health promotion activities – for an example see more about our Smiles at Sea initiative at https://smiletogether.co.uk/smilesatsea/

  • Undertaking other reasonable duties as requested by the Clinical Director and Smile Together Management Team



 



Key accountabilities:




  • Managing patients within the current 18-week regulations, where appropriate

  • Maintaining and developing your clinical competency and continuing professional/personal development according to agreed training needs via our Smile Together Training Academy

  • Working alongside clinical and professional support colleagues in facilitating on-going organisational change and development

  • Working in our brand new, purpose-designed dental centre in Bodmin



 



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.



 



Knowledge, Education, Training and Skills:




  • Have a degree in Dentistry and a background of specialisation in Special Care Dentistry to Masters level

  • Be on the General Dental Council Specialist list for Special Care

  • A background in Community Dentistry including GA

  • Full registration with the General Dental Council

  • Have or be eligible for a current NHS Performer Number

  • Ability to travel around the county and in some cases out of county



 



Working conditions:




  • It is expected that the post holder will be willing to receive appropriate ongoing training and professional/personal development

  • The work is primarily clinic based and will include use of computer and telephony equipment

  • The work may include occasional light lifting duties such as stationery boxes, files, dental consumables or other deliveries

  • There will be occasions when travel to work in other locations will be required, with paid business mileage



 



Our 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

  • Smile Together operates as an employee-owned community interest company from 13 locations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, employing around 30 full and part-time dentists

  • Our 100-plus team comprises dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses, dental lab technicians and professional support colleagues

  • Smile Together is proud to have won a number of accolades including Highly Commended in the Social Enterprise UK Awards 2018, Employer of the Year in the Cornwall Business Awards 2017, Dental Nurse of the Year in The Dental Awards 2017, Highly Commended in the Employee Ownership Awards 2017 for Positive Impact of the Year and runner-up in the Schülke ‘Infection Prevention and Control Awards 2017’ - see more at https://smiletogether.co.uk/our-achievements/



 



Our 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

  • A dedicated training package, both clinical to maintain your CPD and wider professional development via our Smile Together Training Academy

  • A friendly support network with an induction colleague assigned to assist your transition to our company

  • 100% laboratory fees paid

  • Access to reliable equipment including digital x-rays

  • Outstanding work life balance in a beautiful part of the country

  • Opportunity to become a shareholder and have a genuine voice in our employee-owned business



 



Equality and Diversity:



The post holder is required to abide by the organisation’s 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.



 


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*



Knowledge, training and experience



Have a degree in Dentistry





 



A/C



 



Be on the GDC Specialist list for Special Care





 



A/C



 



A background of specialisation in Special Care Dentistry to Masters level





 



A/C



 



A background in Community Dentistry including GA





 



A/C



 



Full registration with the General Dental Council and Professional Indemnity Insurance





 



A/C



 



Have or be eligible for a current NHS Performer Number





 



A/C



 



Competency in the common aspects of clinical dentistry and experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience





 



A/I



 



Experience in all aspects of surgical and general dentistry





 



A/I



 



A working knowledge of orthodontics in relation to surgical procedures





 



A/I



 



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





 



A/I



 



Ability to deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner, and be competent and confident in dealing with patients who need special care dentistry





 



A/I



 



Ability and knowledge to assess patients’ needs and make the appropriate treatment planning decisions





 



A/I



 



Ability to see the wider picture and use diplomacy skills to obtain a satisfactory result for all parties



 





A/I



 



Evidence of/commitment to continuing professional and personal development





 



A/I



 



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







A/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 (ie. Immediate Life Support Techniques)





 



A/I



 



Knowledge of systems of care provision and current health and safety regulations





 



A/I



 



Awareness of and ability to keep confidentiality and handle sensitive data





 



A/I



 



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





 



 



A/I



 



 



 



 



 



General skills and experience



Ability to travel between locations and out of county if required





 



 



A/C



 



Occupational health clearance





 



C



 



A criminal record (DBS) check satisfactory to the organisation





 



C



 



Efficient IT skills and confidence in utilising new technology





 



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)





 



I



 



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





 



I



 



Ability to work authentically as part of a team, doing what you say you will do and building trust





 



I



 



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





 



 



I



 



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





 



 



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



 





 



 



 



 



I



 











*Assessment will take place with reference to the following:



 



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






contact information

business: Smile Together Dental CIC
address: Stephenson House
Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SF
phone: 03334050290 (Call Now)
website: http://www.smiletogether.co.uk