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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/10/2020.

Civilian Dental Practitioner

Job Reference: J221-A-20-25114

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC)
Roman Way, Merville Barracks, Circular Road South, Colchester, CO2 7UT
£46,534 - £76,885 Pro-rata

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

An exciting opportunity for a Part Time Civilian Dental Practitioner has arisen at Merville Barracks, Colchester, CO2 7UT.

The part time hours of this position are 22.5 per week.

As part of Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) you will be part of a national team providing safe, effective and efficient healthcare services for entitled personnel. This is achieved through the provision of an occupationally aware primary healthcare service which includes medical, dental, rehabilitation and mental healthcare services.

The role at Merville Barracks involves working in a friendly, sociable five chair dental practice with hygiene support on site. The team consist of a mix of military and MOD civil servants collocated with a large medical centre. You will be resourced to carry out care to the highest clinical standard to ensure serving personnel’s risk of suffering dental morbidity is kept as low as is reasonably possible. As part of reflective and progressive clinical team you will be expected to partake in regular peer review meetings to discuss contemporary clinical issues, management of specific cases and their relevance to an occupationally focused service. You will also be able to access regional military focused continuing professional development opportunities, alongside the DPHC consultant led webinars that facilitate learning worldwide.

Duties of a Civilian Dental Practitioner include but are not limited to;

  • Providing an occupationally sensitive oral health assessment, in line with NATO Dental Fitness categorisation
  • Providing occupationally robust and suitably aesthetic oral care to service personnel
  • The timely completion of referrals of personnel with in the military Managed Clinical Network
  • Ensuring that contemporaneous notes are recorded on individuals’ integrated electronic healthcare records for all episodes of care
  • Taking individual responsibility for your personal and professional development
  • Partaking in regular audit and quality improvement/service evaluation initiatives

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for a full list of duties.

Competence/experience in the following areas is required to be stated in CV application:

  • Clinical skills - Competent in the delivery of all healthcare aspects associated with general dental practice.
  • IT skills - Familiar with electronic healthcare records.
  • Staff appraisal – Willing and able to contribute to staff development and appraisal.
  • Professional knowledge:
    • Knowledge of contemporary professional guidance - NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence), FDGP (Faculty of General Dental Practitioners), SDCEP (Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Program), GDC (General Dental Council) etc.
    • Knowledge of clinical methodology in line to provide occupational focused care

The successful candidate must be fully registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) without conditions.

You also must have undertaken Vocational or Foundation Dentist Training (or have qualified before foundation training became compulsory in the NHS); or have evidence of adequate clinical experience (either in the UK or abroad) to be able to practice independently.

Full UK driving license to enable regular working from other local military dental centres will be required.

The selection at sift stage will be CV based. At interview, you will be tested against the following Civil Service Behaviours;

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Developing Self and Others

Please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, qualifications and memberships in your CV and that you have saved it using your surname then first name prior to submitting your application.

Please note that during this socially distanced period of time interviews may have to be carried out via virtual medium (eg Skype).

There is no requirement to deploy as this is met by our uniformed personnel, but you will form the continuity of care required by our patients when based at home. This may include being required to work at other dental centres with-in the local area.

The successful applicant will be required to participate in the out of hours on-call emergency roster.

Please be aware that if you are found successful you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Security Check and Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All employees joining the Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised).For details of which locations are in each region, please see attached Regional Layout document.

Please ensure you have read all the details in the important information link prior to applying.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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