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Dental Therapist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
The Trust is seeking to recruit a compassionate and motivated individual to join our existing team of highly skilled clinicians and support staff to provide comprehensive dental care to our patients in Carlisle & Eden. This post is suitable for candidates who are looking to gain experience working in special care or paediatric dentistry in a community setting. The candidate should have a passion for child and adult dental health and be keen to make a difference to the vulnerable patients seen by our service. Being able to communicate effectively with both patients and staff is essential as you will be responsible for looking after some of the most vulnerable people in society. Previous experience in the use of inhalation would be desirable though certificated training in such would be provided if required.

We would envisage this being a part-time post for 22.5 hours a week. It would be based largely at the Carlisle Dental Centre, a five surgery clinic, with digital radiography, wheelchair tipper and bariatric bench. There would also be some clinical time based at satellite dental clinics either at Penrith Dental Unit, Penrith Hospital or Wigton Dental Unit, Wigton Medical Practice.

Main duties of the job

This role would suit dental therapists who wish to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the oral health of the local population through direct clinical contact and innovative working with our local health and social care partners and patients.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. There is an expectation for all staff to support this by familiarising yourself with the Trust's sustainability initiatives such as waste and recycling, going paperless, videoconferencing, sustainable transport and others.

We encourage you to think about what you can do as an individual and within your team to contribute in to embedding carbon reduction into the everyday running of our organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Structure of local NHS Dental services
  • Legislative framework governing the delivery of oral health care in England
  • Basic Life Support
  • Previous clinical activity


  • Knowledge of SOE dental software
  • Experience of and an understanding of the challenges presented by special care patients
  • Experience of dealing with confidential and sensitive material



  • Qualified Dental Therapist
  • Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy
  • Registered with the General Dental Council

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Ability to organise own workload and manage priorities
  • Expertise in a range of clinical dentistry
  • Good interpersonal skills with citable examples of working as part of a wider dental team
  • Empathy and understanding towards patients and other staff members


  • Demonstrable experience of audit
  • Experience of and an understanding of the challenges presented by special care patients
  • Training in the use of conscious sedation

Personal Circumstances


  • Current driving licence
  • Willingness to work with a variety of different patient groups
  • Able to work in different clinical settings throughout a working week.
  • Comply with the NHS policy on smoking

Other requirements


  • Equality and Diversity (from KSF core dimension 6- one to be selected) Act in ways that support equality and value diversity (Level 1) Support equality and value diversity (Level 2)


  • Refer to the KSF matrix for appropriate level http://cptportal.cumbr y/learningnetwork/Pa ges/KnowledgeandS killsFramework.aspx

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Carlisle Dental Centre

Infirmary Street



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