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Dental Therapist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are excited to be able to invite applications for a Dental Therapist to join our Community Dental Service in South Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead and are looking for a caring, motivated and enthusiastic Dental Therapist to join our friendly team in a supportive environment.

This is a permanent part time (22.5 hours) position, working 6 sessions per week.

If you would like to visit one of our dental clinics prior to your application for a chat and to meet some of the team, we would be delighted to arrange this for you and welcome you to contact David Newell, Directorate Manager via mobile: 07934000770 or

Main duties of the job

This is a clinical post providing dental care to patients of the Community Dental Service within the South of Tyne and Wear.

Working as part of a team, you will provide care for our service users, those patients with dental needs outside of general dental practice (GDP) care.

The service provides care for adults and children with Additional Needs and Learning Disabilities, including medically compromised patients who require treatment in a specialised setting.

The post will be based at one of our clinics in South Tyneside, Sunderland or Gateshead, although there will be a need to travel to and work from any of our sites.

As a new team-mate and individual colleague, you will be very well supported in every aspect of your role. We have empowered teams, experienced line management and exceptional clinical supervision with exciting opportunities for continued professional development.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will be expected to carry out a variety of clinical and administrative duties within the Community Dental Service, including the provision of oral care for priority groups.

Dental care will include a full range of dental treatment within the competencies and scope of a dental Therapist as defined Scope of Practice and as set out in the General Dental Council (Professions Complementary to Dentistry) (Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists) Regulations 2013. Dental Therapists work under a written prescription from a Dental Officer employed by the Trust.

Communicate with people in a manner that is appropriate to purpose and consistent with their level of understanding, background, culture and preferred way of communicating.

Communicate with Dental Laboratories and other health care professionals regarding patient care and prosthetic devices.

Maintain appropriate records ensuring compliance with the agreed record keeping systems of the Trust, including completion of NHS Dental Forms.

Obtain informed consent where appropriate and document in accordance with Trust procedures.

Obtain sensitive personal, social and medical information, often of a complex nature and in situations where interpreters may be necessary or where patients have learning and communication difficulties. It will be necessary to explain medical and dental information in everyday language and terms so that interpreters can translate for patients.

Assess and prepare patients referred to the Dental Service as part of Episodes of Care/Courses of Treatment (including but not restricted to severe phobics and the highly emotionally disturbed, patients with special needs and those in severe pain seeking emergency care). Cope with highly emotive and sometimes frequent hostile interactions with distressed patients and members of the public.

Person Specification



  • Experience of providing dental treatment and preventive care for patients with complex special needs ease anxiety and tension in nervous patients resolve conflict.
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development and currency within GDC requirements.
  • Experience of dental software (R4 or similar) across networks.


  • Experience in Community dentistry.



  • Diploma in Dental Therapy (or equivalent registerable qualification)
  • Inhalation sedation certificate (or expectation to work towards)
  • Current full Registration as Dental Therapist (+/- Dental Hygiene) with General Dental Council

Skills and Knowledge


  • Excellent communication/ interpersonal skills
  • Committed, motivated and enthusiastic team player
  • Sensitive to the needs of priority patient groups
  • Good organisational skills
  • Up to date knowledge and skills in routine oral care
  • IT skills Microsoft office programmes


  • Knowledge of electronic patient record systems.

Physical Skills


  • Car driver with access to own vehicle
  • Ability to carry out the full range of dental skills
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods whilst undertaking dental assessment and treatment
  • Ability to manoeuvre patients using mechanical aids.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Blaydon Primary Care Centre

Shibdon Road


NE21 5NW

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