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Senior Dental Nurse

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
At Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we are committed to delivering exceptional healthcare services to our patients, and our Oral & Maxillofacial Department plays a pivotal role in providing specialized care for complex oral and facial conditions. As a Senior Dental Nurse, you will be at the forefront of delivering advanced clinical assistance, providing mentorship to junior staff, and contributing to the excellence of our OMF services.

  • Competitive NHS Band 5 salary.
  • Opportunities for professional development and continuing education.
  • Access to a wide range of facilities and equipment within the OMF department.
  • Engaging and supportive team environment.
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including pension scheme and generous annual leave entitlement.

Main duties of the job

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Provide expert chairside assistance during complex oral and maxillofacial treatments, surgeries, and interventions, collaborating closely with our esteemed oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
  • Guide and mentor junior dental nursing staff, setting a standard of excellence in clinical practice, patient care, and professional conduct.
  • Ensure meticulous infection control and hygiene measures are maintained, adhering to NHS and specialized OMF protocols to guarantee patient and staff safety.
  • Contribute to the efficient operation of the OMF department by coordinating patient appointments, maintaining records, and managing specialized dental supplies and equipment.
  • Deliver patient-centered care, offering reassurance, education, and support to patients undergoing intricate procedures or treatments.
  • Play an integral role in fostering a collaborative team environment, sharing knowledge, insights, and contributing to the continuous learning culture within the department.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Diploma in Dental Nursing (or equivalent) and current registration with the General Dental Council (GDC).
  • Substantial experience as a Dental Nurse within an NHS or equivalent clinical setting.
  • Proven experience in providing advanced chairside assistance during a diverse range of dental procedures, including oral and maxillofacial interventions.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills through mentoring and supervising junior dental nursing staff.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Support:

Prepare treatment rooms, ensuring they are fully equipped and set up for various procedures, maintaining strict adherence to infection control protocols.

Provide skilled chairside assistance to Clinicians during examinations, treatments, and minor surgical procedures, anticipating the needs of the Clinician and ensuring patient comfort.

Leadership and Supervision:

Take a proactive role in mentoring, supervising, and training junior dental nursing staff, ensuring they meet and maintain the highest professional and clinical standards.

Allocate tasks and responsibilities to junior staff, ensuring the efficient flow of patients through the practice and optimizing the use of resources.

Patient Care:

Greet patients warmly and professionally, alleviating any anxiety and providing information about procedures, treatment plans, and aftercare.

Assist in educating patients on oral hygiene techniques and post-operative care instructions, ensuring their understanding and compliance.

Infection Control and Health & Safety:

Uphold the highest standards of infection control, ensuring that all protocols are meticulously followed and regularly updated.

Administrative Tasks:

Collaborate with the administrative team to ensure the smooth operation of the department, efficient patient management, and adherence to regulatory requirements.

Collaborate closely with administrative personnel to manage and coordinate patient appointments, ensuring efficient scheduling and minimal patient wait times.

Professional Development:

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional growth by actively participating in continuing professional development (CPD) activities.

Person Specification



  • Possess a recognized Diploma in Dental Nursing (or equivalent) and maintain current registration with the General Dental Council (GDC).
  • Additional qualifications related to dental nursing, leadership, or specialized oral and maxillofacial care.



  • Substantial experience as a Dental Nurse.
  • Proven track record of providing chairside assistance during a diverse range of dental procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring and supervising junior dental nursing staff.


  • Experience in assisting with complex dental procedures, surgeries, and interventions
  • Exposure to the unique challenges and requirements of the Oral and Maxillofacial (OMF) specialty.



  • Sound understanding of NHS policies and procedures, especially as they relate to dental care and patient management.
  • Profound knowledge of dental materials, instruments, and equipment used in various dental treatments.


  • Awareness of current developments and advancements in dental nursing practices and technologies.

Personal Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, capable of effectively interacting with patients, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Natural leadership qualities, fostering a collaborative and supportive team environment that encourages shared learning and growth.
  • Attention to detail, consistently adhering to infection control standards and maintaining clinical cleanliness.

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable

Lewsey Road



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