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Senior Dental Officer

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Depending on experience pro rata for part time
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a Band B Senior Dental Officer to work within the Worcestershire Community Dental Services providing clinical and managerial leadership to dentists. The role will include recruitment, training and development and direct line management.

As part of the Dental Management Team, you will work closely with the Clinical Director and Consultants in Special Care and Paediatrics providing routine examinations to advanced specialist treatments. It is expected that clinical work will be integral to this leadership role.

As a Consultant-led service we provide dentistry to a wide range of patients including those requiring Paediatric and Special Care Dentistry. Several of our clinics are equipped to provide dental treatment with inhalation and/or intravenous sedation and the service also provides dental treatment under general anaesthesia at Kidderminster Hospital.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical care to adult and paediatric patients at Tier 2 level
  • To provide a comprehensive dental treatment service for patients who require special care
  • To provide clinical care under sedation when required and undertake further training if required to achieve this
  • To demonstrate professional and clinical leadership in the clinical setting in providing treatment safely and to a high standard
  • To provide clinical care, when required, in clinics across Worcestershire other than their base clinic, and in other settings such as care homes and hospitals
  • To lead and provide exodontia services to paediatric patients under general anaesthetic
  • To take on clinical and managerial projects as required
  • To undertake appraisal of Band A dentists
  • To attend and participate in the Dental Management Team meetings
  • To undertake programmes of research that have been approved by the Clinical Director (CD) and which are relevant to the development of the service
  • To advise the CD on the oral health needs of adults and children with additional needs and how services might be developed to meet those needs
  • To contribute to departmental programmes in clinical governance innovation and service development.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will line manage and carry out appraisals and PDPs for a number of dental officers as an agreed part of the line management structure.

There is no specific budgetary responsibility in this post.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Experience of conscious sedation (IV and RA)
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Experience of working within a general anaesthetic setting


  • Experience in Intravenous Sedation (IV)
  • Experience of comprehensive care under general anaesthesia
  • Experience of leading clinical governance projects
  • Management experience
  • Experience of service development

Additional Criteria


  • Motivated and has the ability to work on their own initiative
  • Conscientious
  • Commitment to a high standard of patient care at all times


  • Ability to manage change and work flexibly within teams



  • Competent in the use of RA sedation
  • Effective communication and team working
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work with other health care professionals
  • Maintains PDP and CPD relevant to the post
  • Knowledge of working within a CDS
  • Knowledge of mental capacity act and obtaining valid consent
  • Experience of managing dental emergencies


  • Competent in IV sedation techniques
  • Training of colleagues
  • Knowledge of SOEL
  • Experience of managing colleagues/ difficult situations
  • Attendance at The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) Course or equivalent within the last 3 years



  • GDC Registration
  • BDS or equivalent
  • Inclusion on the appropriate Performer list


  • Portfolio of management of cases with anxiety techniques (behaviour, RA, IV)
  • Additional sedation qualification
  • Additional qualification in Special Care Dentistry and/ or other dental area

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Team worker
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively supervise dental therapist and dental nurses
  • Ability to demonstrate skills and pass on knowledge to others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post


  • Experience of working with people with challenging behaviour
  • Patient empathy
  • The ability to provide support and guidance to colleagues
  • The ability to lead teams

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Moor Street Dental Clinic

7 Moor Street



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