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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/09/2021.

Band 3 Dental Nurse (Civilian)

Job Reference: J221-A-21-33461

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Defence Primary Healthcare
Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 3EY
£19,737-£21,142 per annum *pay award pending

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

Here at Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC), we are an inclusive and dedicated organisation working to provide excellent care to our entitled personnel!

We are looking to recruit a dynamic, organised and enthusiastic Band 3 Civilian Dental Nurse who will be working within our Dental Department, here at Alanbrooke Barracks in Thirsk.

Does this sound like the role for you?

The successful postholder will provide clinical and administrative support for the provision of dental care in DPHC (Dental) dental centres, to enhance force generation and operational capability and minimise dental morbidity on operations.

You will gain access to the additional benefits of a competitive salary, paid holiday entitlement and numerous opportunities for continuous professional development!

Please note this a part time position of 16.5 hours per week detailed below:

Wednesday - 4.5hrs Thursday - 8.5hrs with 60 minutes deduction for lunch break Friday - 4.5hrs

Please pay particular attention to the attached Job Description and Person Specification, which outlines the role requirements in further detail.


We offer the following employee benefits:

  • Recruitment Retention Allowance £1500 per annum (pro-rata)
  • GDC fees reimbursed
  • NHS Pension
  • Access to gym
  • Onsite convenience store
  • Golf Course access (Alanbrooke Barracks)
  • Inclusive working environment

Essential Criteria

  • National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) Certificate or NVQ in Oral Health Care Dental Nursing Level 3.
  • Must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC)and able to operate without conditions.

Experience and competence are required in the following areas:

  • Clinical Skills. Clinically competent and current with all aspects of dental nursing in a general dental practice environment. This must include complete familiarity with IPC publications and Decontamination in primary care dental practices.
  • IT Skills. Familiarity and competence in the use of electronic healthcare records.

Applicants 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.

Selection Process

The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV.

The interview will be based on the following behaviours:

  • NHS Core – NHSC6 – Equality and Diversity
  • NHS Core – NHSC1 – Communication
  • NHS Core – NHSC2 – Personal & People Development
  • NHS Core – NHSC3 – Health, Safety & Security
  • NHS Core – NHSC4 – Service Improvement
  • NHS Core – NHSC5 – Quality

Please ensure the required skills, qualifications and memberships are demonstrated in your CV and saved under your name.

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To be eligible to be considered for this role, the essential criteria detailed must be held in full, prior to submitting your application.

Travel to interview costs will not be reimbursed.

Further Information

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). The successful candidate will be fit tested prior to commencing employment.

We will consider requests to work flexibly, taking into account business needs.

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

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.

If found successful for this position, you will be required to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B. Failure to do so may result in the offer of employment being withdrawn.

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.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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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