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Mouth Care Matters Lead

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Mouth Care Matters Lead - Band 5

This is a fixed term post to support initial foundation work completed in organisation.

The successful applicant will provide training and support for hospital staff involved in provision of mouth care to patients. They will train key staff groups in good principles of mouthcare skills and assessments. They will have ambition to improve care provided to most vulnerable in our hospitals. They will support with mouth care policy development and report to NHS England North East commissioners.

They must be self-directed and have ability to work in a busy environment.

The successful applicant will have a flexible approach to working hours to ensure that we provide a consistent service to our patients across the services we support.

Our values are shared across North Cumbria Integrated Care NHSFoundation Trust & NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

They are:
  • Kindness- Kindness and compassion cost nothing, yet accomplish a great deal
  • Respect- We are respectful to everyone and are open, honest and fair - respect behaviours
  • Ambition- We set goals to achieve the best for our patients, teams, organisation and our partners
  • Collaboration- We are stronger and better working together with and for our patients

Main duties of the job

  • Provide training and support for hospital staff involved in the provision of mouth care for patients. This would be modified according to the ward patient base, for example intensive care, coronary care, geriatric, chemotherapy, palliative care etc.
  • Training - delivery of interactive training sessions (ward based, classroom based and virtually) to groups of healthcare assistants, nurses and other staff involved in the provision of mouth care (dieticians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists etc.)
  • Mouth care risk assessments and recording - train and assist staff where necessary to complete mouth care assessments and mouth care plans.
  • Actively participate in service improvement, including staff/patient surveys, focus groups, case studies/patient stories and audits. Liaise with senior management to ensure sustainable improvements in oral care and identify future training needs.
  • Ensure that a Trust mouth care policy is written and accepted by the Trust Board and implemented across all inpatient sites.
  • Ensure that the commissioned contract and key performance indicators are achieved and reported to NHS England North East.
  • Provide oral health advice and instruction to specific client groups with complex needs.

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.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.

The Trust will provide a twelve month preceptorship period for all newly registered healthcare professionals.

Healthcare Professionals returning to practice, moving into new roles or changing clinical environments, may access an agreed preceptorship period.
  • 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

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

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



  • Registration with the General Dental Council
  • National Examination for Dental Nurses (or equivalent)
  • Oral Health Education Diploma + significant experience


  • A qualification in management/ leadership/teaching



  • Knowledge of oral diseases symptoms and treatment options
  • Experience of providing healthcare preventive advice
  • Ability to lead an area with sound clinical judgement
  • Able to meet the challenges and health issues facing vulnerable patient groups in hospital


  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Knowledge of carrying out mouthcare assessments and mouthcare plans

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Negotiation, persuasion, motivation, reassurance and influencing skills
  • Understand and overcome barriers to communication
  • Able to give and receive feedback
  • Able to manage time effectively and work to a deadline Presentation skills
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team
  • IT literate
  • Empathy and understanding towards patients and other staff members.


  • Ability to coach others
  • Experience of teaching/training



  • Able to work flexibly to cover the requirements of the post
  • Able to work at a VDU for prolonged periods of time with prolonged concentration to produce detailed reports and input data
  • Able to lift health improvement materials and equipment
  • Able to travel to all North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust sites independently of public transport

Other requirements


  • Promote equality and value diversity (Level 3) and develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity (Level 4)

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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