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Senior Dental Officer

Livewell Southwest
£74,126 to £86,701 a year
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for a Band B confident and experienced dentist to work as part of our special care dental team focusing on providing comprehensive and continuing preventative dental care for adults and children whose dental needs cannot be fulfilled in General Dental Practice. This will include a full range of dental care under conscious sedation and child extractions under general anaesthesia.

The job holder will also be required to provide urgent care dentistry for unregistered patients on an occasional basis.

The service can offer opportunities for the job holder to develop dental skills enhancing their future career.

Plymouth Community Dental Services Ltd, is part of Livewell Southwest an award winning provider of NHS services in Plymouth and the surrounding community in South Hams and West Devon. As an organisation, Livewell Southwest is gaining national and international attention for the work that it does, providing a unique and growing range of services in the South West of England

The Dental Service offers a wide range of specialist services including comprehensive dentistry for adults and children with special needs, minor oral surgery, comprehensive dentistry for children, phobic care, and urgent care for non-registered patients across the city of Plymouth.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide comprehensive treatment for a range of patients including those who are unable to access dental care in a high street practice i.e. those with special needs (including medically compromised). This may include dental care under sedation or general anaesthetic where appropriate.

They will also be required to offer urgent care for those members of the community who have been unable to access treatment with an NHS general dental practitioner as required by the service.

About us

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible & collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

We offer:

Access to Specialists across all areas within our service

NHS PAYE arrangement on an incremental basis

Access to NHS Pension (certain criteria applies)

Access to a range of specialist dental equipment such as wheelchair tipper and knee-break dental chair

Digital x-ray system, including OPG

Generous leave entitlement and terms and conditions

Appointment times range from 40mins to 90 minutes average.

CPD budget / study days each year

Access to an accredited rep for BDA members

Access to health & wellbeing resources

Excellent work/life balance, living in the Southwest within close proximity of renowned beaches / coastal paths / Dartmoor to enjoy a range of activities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to: Hold GDC registration and professional indemnity at an appropriate level of cover. Offer a full range of treatment for patients whose special needs have prevented them from accessing dental care through the General Dental Service. Provide treatment under IV and/or RA sedation when appropriate. Undertake Treatment carried out under General Anaesthetic in a hospital setting. To maintain up to date knowledge and skills on clinical techniques and their application to patient dental care. To provide clinical advice to staff or other health care workers on dental matters as appropriate. Provide professional advice and support to other health care workers. Liaise with other dental care providers including within the GDS and Hospital services. Undertake Administration associated with these duties including completion of appropriate NHS forms and referrals. Be part of PCDS teaching/training programme of Medical and Dental students. Support the services provision of Urgent care Dentistry. Provide services on more than one site as dictated by service requirements. Take part in personal development and appraisal. Undertake appropriate Continuing Professional Development relevant to the requirements of the service. Recognise and assist with management of medical emergencies within the dental surgery. Have a comprehensive knowledge of service emergency drugs protocol and competence for use in medical emergencies. Complete ILS and PILS training This post involves working with children and vulnerable adults and will require a Disclosure and Barring Service check. To comply with all the Dental Service clinical policies, including IRMER, Health & Safety requirements, Infection Control, Data Protection and other legislation or procedures relevant to the safe practice of dentistry for both patients and staff. To comply with locally developed Standard Operating Procedures for the Dental Service. To undertake training as required by the service and as needed to maintain standards of clinical practice and as required to ensuring continuing registration with the General Dental Council. To take part in all aspects of clinical governance, including peer review and clinical supervision. The post holder will be expected to take part in clinical audit.

Person Specification



  • Full GDC registration
  • Sedation trained
  • On NHSE Performers List


  • Post graduate qualification in Special Care dentistry, Paediatric dentistry or other relevant subjects.

Personal Skills


  • Shows excellent written, verbal and listening communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with physically, mentally and emotionally challenged patients requiring patience and understanding.
  • Appreciation of cultural diversity and equality issues
  • Ability to lead and work as a member of a team.
  • Good computer literacy and willingness to learn practice software
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise workload.
  • Ability to cope with distressing or emotional circumstances and work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with colleagues.
  • Adaptable and able to cope with change.
  • Ability to liaise and work with primary and secondary care providers.


  • Knowledge of dental commissioning and provision of Dentistry in SW England.
  • Knowledge of Dentally software



  • Excellent clinical skills
  • Experience of working in CDS / GDS or hospital dental service appropriate to the role
  • Experience of treating special care paediatric pts
  • Experience in conscious sedation.
  • Experience in treating pts under General Anaesthesia
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Wide experience of primary dental care
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience in treating patients with special needs.
  • Evidence of participation in clinical audit and understanding of clinical governance

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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