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Senior Dental Nurse

Employer
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Morecambe
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Profession
Nurse
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Senior Dental Nurse will work within a team of Senior Dental Nurses and the Service Coordinator responsible for the day to day running of dental services across the Trust. Each Senior Dental Nurse is responsible for the line management of nurses and decontamination technicians, and receptionists and administration staff at their bases, including management of absence, appraisals, and rostering.

Responsibilities of the Senior Dental Nurses include ensuring adequate support to Dental Clinical Supervisors and Dental Students and maintaining professional standards. It also includes responsibility to patients.

Main duties of the job

  • The Senior Dental Nurse will be responsible for the recruitment, training and development of Dental Nurses. This will include ongoing in-service training and developments for existing staff, assisting with the appointment of new staff, induction and training programmes for students attached to each department.
  • The post holder will be responsible for the maintenance of Dental Nurse rotas. This will include recording leave, time owing, sickness of Dental Nurses/reception staff/dental therapist and Dental Officers.
  • Ensure a good rapport is established between Dental Nurses and patients both in the clinic and whilst doing reception duties such as telephone manner and queries.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring at operational level the smooth running of clinic sessions held within Dental Clinics and other appropriate locations throughout the area.
  • The post holder will be the main point of contact for general queries, regarding services provided by the department, including requests for special services, domiciliary visits etc. and will undertake the necessary arrangements with the Dental Officers for the provision of these services.
  • The post holder will undertake appraisal of support staff including KSF framework and assist staff on the preparation of portfolios demonstrating personal competencies.


About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance. Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The Senior Dental Nurse will be responsible for the recruitment, training and development of Dental Nurses. This will include ongoing in-service training and developments for existing staff, assisting with the appointment of new staff, induction and training programmes for students attached to each department.
  • The post holder will be responsible for the maintenance of Dental Nurse rotas. This will include recording leave, time owing, sickness of Dental Nurses/reception staff/dental therapist and Dental Officers.
  • Ensure a good rapport is established between Dental Nurses and patients both in the clinic and whilst doing reception duties such as telephone manner and queries.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring at operational level the smooth running of clinic sessions held within Dental Clinics and other appropriate locations throughout the area.
  • The post holder will be the main point of contact for general queries, regarding services provided by the department, including requests for special services, domiciliary visits etc. and will undertake the necessary arrangements with the Dental Officers for the provision of these services.
  • The post holder will undertake appraisal of support staff including KSF framework and assist staff on the preparation of portfolios demonstrating personal competencies.


Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential

  • General education to minimum of level NVQ 3 and National Certificate in Dental Nursing
  • Current registration with the GDC
  • 3 Post Registration Qualifications from the following five: Radiography, Sedation, Special Care, Paediatrics, Oral Health
  • Evidence of continuous personal and professional development


Desirable

  • Leadership training qualification or equivalent experience


Experience and Knowledge

Essential

  • Policies relating to vulnerable groups such as Safeguarding, Mental Capacity
  • Appropriate Information Governance issues
  • Relevant Health and Safety Policies
  • Appropriate Risk Assessment requirements
  • The need to monitor all aspects of Clinical Governance and Infection Control in a learning environment
  • 3 experience years of dental nursing
  • Experience of working with IT dental software packages


Desirable

  • Purpose of the Dental Education Centre and the structure of the dental course
  • Understanding of the academic year
  • Factors regarding access to dental education services for patients
  • Understanding of NHS community dental services
  • Experience of mentoring, coaching, training, which may include developing and delivering presentations
  • Experience of working with students in a learning environment


Skills And Ability

Essential

  • Proven record of strong team working skills
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Professionalism in liaising with all agencies - University of Central Lancashire, Community Dental, other DECs.
  • Professionalism in dealing with students and tutors
  • Demonstrative qualities of confidentiality and integrity
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, at all levels
  • Willingness to take on new initiatives, participate in role play for dental students practical assessments (OSCEs)
  • Strong organisational skills particularly in relation to preparation of instruments and materials required daily by the dental students, and for different dental procedures eg RCT, MOS, etc
  • Ability to use own initiative and deal with unforeseen issues in the DEC
  • Ability to make decisions individually or collectively within the DEC structure and within Community Dental (eg. Senior Nurse meetings)
  • Proven time management to ensure DEC works effectively and also within Community Dental setting (eg Senior Nurse duties)
  • Ability to withstand stressful situations
  • Ability to travel community locations


Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Queen Victoria Centre

Thornton Road

Morecambe

LA4 5NN

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