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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/03/2021.

Band 3 Civilian Dental Nurse

Job Reference: J221-A-21-28062

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Defence Primary Healthcare
Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3DN
£19,737-£21,142 per annum (pro rata for part time)

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

The Defence Primary Healthcare (Dental) are looking for a professional, organised and dedicated Band 3 Civilian Dental Nurse to join their friendly, hardworking team at Combermere Barracks, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3DN.

Some of the available Benefits

  • Successful candidates will be entitled to a Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA) of £1,500 per annum
  • GDC Annual Fees are reimbursed
  • Regional training days
  • Continuous professional development training supplied
  • On-Call out of hour payments, as applicable

Our successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and motivated Dental Nurse who will work within the Ministry of Defence to provide clinical and administrative support for the provision of dental care.

This position is advertised for 37.5 hours per week. Requests to work flexibly will be considered, taking into account business needs.

Candidates who hold the qualifications but are not yet registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are eligible to apply for this vacancy. However, if found successful it is a requirement that you are registered with the GDC prior to starting in the post.

Due to COVID 19, there is now a requirement for dental clinical staff to be fit tested for a FFP3 mask, which has to be worn when managing a patient who is undergoing an aerosol generating procedure (AGP) he successful candidate will be fit tested prior to commencing employment.

As part of the Business Resilience Plan on occasion there could be a request to work at a Dental Centre within the Regional Hub; such as Northolt, Northwood or Pirbright.

The main duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring surgeries are prepared appropriately for the day’s patients in accordance with current regulations.
  • Reviewing the appointment diary at the start of each planned procedure and ensure the appropriate instrument sets are selected.
  • Carrying out and recording daily maintenance, servicing and pre-use checks of dental equipment reporting defects in accordance with current equipment care policies.
  • Ensuring a daily test radiograph is taken and processed with all findings reported in accordance with extant policies and signed off by a clinician or trained individual.
  • Recording accurate dental charting for each patient as required by the dentist.
  • Meeting the needs of the patients by monitoring, supporting and reassuring each individual according to their specific needs, providing appropriate advice when required. This may include recognising and interpreting behaviours, especially those associated with anxious patients and dealing with them accordingly.
  • There may be an occasional requirement for the successful candidate to carry out out-of-hours emergency cover.

Important – ensure you read the attached Job description and Person Specification before applying.


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.

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

While the job will be primarily located at Dental Centre Windsor, applicants must be prepared to travel to and work from other dental centres within the local Region when requested by Practice Manager/Regional Headquarters.

The selection

At sift stage will be based on your CV. At interview, you will be tested against the following National Health Services (NHS) Technical Skills:

  • NHS Core – NHSC1 – Communication
  • NHS Core – NHSC5 – Quality
  • NHS Core – NHSC3 –Health, Safety & Security
  • NHS Core – NHSC45 –Service Improvement

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.

  • National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) Certificate or NVQ in Oral Health Care Dental Nursing Level 3.
  • General Dental Council (GDC) registration and evidence of Continued Professional Development.
  • Immunity to Hepatitis B.


  • Full UK driving licence to enable possible cover working at other local military dental centres would be beneficial.

Further Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Paid holiday entitlement
  • Career development training available
  • Free on-site parking
  • On-site reduced gym membership
  • Free transport to Peer Review/Training Days

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

We are currently unable to open documents saved in the doc.x format. If your CV is in this format, please re-save in a different format prior to uploading. Should you submit in the doc.x format, your CV may not be considered for this vacancy.

This vacancy is part of the A Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative. For more information copy and paste the following in to your browser or search Making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Please note the salary will be pro-rata where part time hours are undertaken.

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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