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Chief Dental Technician (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Following the recent retirement of one of our longer-serving team members an opportunity has arisen for a highly experienced, resourceful Dental Technician to lead a small team within our busy Orthodontic Technology Department providing technical services to our clinical team. This position requires appropriate post qualification experience in Orthodontics, a recognised entry level qualification in dental technology plus an advanced / post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline. Current GDC registration is essential.

You will need to demonstrate a high level of manual dexterity, specialised knowledge of Orthodontic procedures, communication skills and a commitment to quality along with a keen interest in computer and information technology

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to produce a full range of range of removable, fixed and myo-functional appliances, sleep appliances, removable dentures, customised and research appliances, feeding plates, typodont set-ups and Orthognathic treatment planning. Within a hospital environment this often includes challenging cases for patients whose needs cannot readily be met in a primary care setting.

The more routine element of the workload includes sets of presentation study models and articulations with various articulators, vacuum formed retainers and splints, appliance repairs, PAR scoring. As CadCam techniques are increasingly being incorporated within our workflows, a prior knowledge and experience of such technology would be advantageous though not essential, as would experience of using a laser welder.

Our Chief Technicians are expected to take a leading role in key areas of the work within their discipline providing support and advice in this respect to other members of the lab and clinical staff. As team leaders our Chief Technicians are responsible for day to day running of their department, managing staff welfare, discipline and development as well as responsibility for allocating work, record keeping, maintaining standards of work, materials ordering and stock management, and health and safetyissues.

About us

Leeds Dental Institute is a dental teaching hospital providing training for dentists and all DCP groups including Dental Technicians. Our in-house Dental Production Laboratory employs 27 staff including 23 GDC registered Dental Technicians to provide laboratory services for around 400 undergraduate and post graduate dental students in addition to many clinical staff of all grades and disciplines.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to a selection process which initially includes an appropriate skills test (details to be confirmed). Face to face interviews to be held thereafter with a selection panel

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Job Title: Chief Dental Technician,

Reports to: Dental Technical Services Manager

Band: 7

Department: Dental Production Laboratories

Location Leeds Dental Institute

AfC Job No: 851c


To manage the relevant specialist Dental Technology department in the Leeds Dental Institute

To provide technical support in the laboratory and on clinic to major specialised services, performing highly complex, highly specialised work as required and providing advice and information to clinicians and occasionally patients in respect of the design, function, fit and colour match of dental or surgical appliances.

To provide teaching and mentoring support specific to own technical discipline to work experience students of the School of Dental Technology as required and also occasional teaching support for dental undergraduate and post graduate courses at the LDI, commensurate to the expertise and experience of the post holder.

To maintain appropriate stocks of materials used within the relevant technical speciality, ordering goods as required, ensuring that they are appropriate for the purpose and best value, also maintaining accurate and timely records of goods ordered and received


To supervise the technical staff of the Dental Production Laboratory relevant to the specialty (i.e. Conservation, Prosthodontics or Orthodontics) including:

o Monitoring & approving staff leave

o Monitoring flexible working time

o Allocation of work to technicians within speciality

o Maintaining departmental quality standards

o Assisting in the induction of new staff

o Supporting the on-going training and development of own technical staff group including provision of staff appraisals, giving advice, encouragement and feedback on performance and achievement.

To provide technical support in the laboratory and on clinic to major specialist services, performing highly complex, highly specialised work as required and providing advice and information to clinical staff and students and occasionally patients in respect of the design, function, fit and colour match of dental or surgical appliances. This may also include clinical visits to make adjustment to appliances or record patients tooth shades in order to accurately match restorations to their requirements.

Produce a broad range of highly specialised bespoke dental -medical devices of the highest standard for the patients of Leeds Dental Institute, with a view to restoring and enhancing facial contours and smile, masticatory function, speech and often psychological well-being.

To provide mentoring support to work-experience students of the school of Dental Technology, Dental School undergraduates and dental Postgraduates as required by the Technical Services Manager and Principal Tutor Technician, and commensurate to the expertise and experience of the post holder.

Organise own work schedule to ensure all allocated work is completed in advance of agreed deadlines / appointments.

Represent the relevant technical department at appropriate meetings as required

To support the Dental Technical Services Manager in the development and implementation of policies and services throughout the dental laboratories

To monitor and record departmental activity / productivity and provide relevant, timely and accurate information / data as required by the Dental Technical Services Manager

To maintain materials stocks for the relevant technical laboratory, including liaison with suppliers for best price on products and requisitioning consumables on Oracle ordering system

Ensure the equipment used by the department is in safe working order, by reporting defects to the Technical Services Manager and / or LDI Workshop and by undertaking routine cleaning and maintenance of laboratory equipment according to manufacturers guidelines and local policies.

To ensure compliance with the Medical Devices Regulations within the relevant laboratory, ensuring appropriate quality records are kept and procedures adhered to.

Ensure Health and safety standards are maintained throughout the laboratory, where all technical staff use a range of potentially hazardous materials and equipment and may encounter highly unpleasant fumes and body fluids.

Ensure materials within the department are handled appropriately, undertaking COSHH assessments as required.

To interpret highly complex clinical prescription forms, and where required to authorise amendments requiring highly complex analytical skill and decision making with specialist field

To ensure that all technical work produced by the relevant laboratory is of the highest standard.

To assist the Dental Technical Services Manager to investigate and act upon complaints regarding technical work.

To participate in clinical audit / clinical governance.

Support the Dental Technical Services Manager in the recruitment of technical staff as required, participating in interviews and the appointment process.

To contribute to the planning, development and provision of technical services to the relevant clinical departments, in liaison with clinical and technical staff.

Where appropriate, to support and work with the Dental Technical Services Manager in achieving their objectives.

Contribute to or participate in research activity as appropriate, including the development or refinement of appliance designs or production procedures.

Occasional testing and evaluation of new materials, equipment and techniques for use in the laboratory.

To support the Dental Technical Services Manager and designated laboratory clerical officer in the maintenance of records of work allocation on the computerised dental laboratory management information system

In the absence of the designated laboratory clerical officer, to occasionally provide relief cover / support in the dental laboratory reception as directed by the Dental Technical Services Manager

To undertake appropriate training and participate in regular appraisals to:

o Maintain and develop skills and knowledge necessary for the job

o Ensure that all statutory requirements in respect of Continuing Professional Development are satisfied.

Any other duties commensurate with the grade.

Additional Duties and responsibilities

In the absence of regular dedicated teaching staff, to provide teaching support to the school of Dental Technology specific to own technical discipline including:

Lesson planning, producing teaching aids and course notes

Theoretical and practical teaching sessions

Training laboratory/ classroom supervision of student technicians

Health, safety and welfare of students whilst teaching

Marking and assessment of students written and practical work

Progress reports / feedback for students and their employers

Attend team meetings / curriculum planning group meetings as required

Involvement in the interview and selection process for student intake

At most this would cover one module of the B/Tec Diploma course or its future equivalent relating to the Tutors area of speciality, and may require a commitment to teaching for approximately 1 day per week for up to 6 months of each academic year, although points 5 8 are likely to occur throughout the year. When required, these duties would be enabled by a temporary reduction in the post holders clinical- technical workload.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

The post holder will be expected to be an enthusiastic and flexible member of the team, willing to undertake all mandatory training and participate in continuous professional development, regular appraisals and to attend departmental meetings, briefings, audits and study sessions as appropriate.


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each

Person Specification



  • Entry level Dental Technology Qualification (OND / HND / BSc) plus Advanced / post graduate level relevant specialist Dental Technology Qualification
  • Current registration with the General Dental Council as a Dental Technician


  • Masters Degree, Certificate in Management

Additional Requirements


  • Knowledge of laboratory Health and Safety procedures including infection control, COSHH, risk assessment



  • Relevant post qualification experience at a senior level in a dental laboratory and equivalent to a masters degree
  • Relevant experience within technical speciality Competent in the production of a broad range of dental appliances within technical speciality.


  • Majority of post qualification experience within an NHS dental laboratory. Working knowledge of the NHS, policies and procedures
  • Orthognathic planning
  • Calibration for PAR Scoring.

Skills & behaviours


  • Good inter-personal and communication skills
  • Regular IT skills, Email, Microsoft office plus specialised IT skills including digital laboratory working methods


  • Labtrac laboratory software, Procurement software
  • Attention to detail with the ability prioritise work whilst under pressure and working to tight deadlines

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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