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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/04/2022.

Band 5 Civilian Dental Hygienist

Job Reference: J221-A-22-37811

Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC)
HMS Seahawk, RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall, TR12 7RH
£25,655-£31,534 Per Annum (pro rata for part time)

Ministry of Defence - Defence Medical Services

We have an interesting opportunity for a Band 5 Civilian Dental Hygienist to join the team within Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) at RNAS Culdrose.

Some of the available benefits include:

  • A Market Skills Supplement of £5,750 per annum (pro rata) will be offered to the successful candidate
  • GDC Annual Fees are reimbursed
  • Regional training days
  • Continuous professional development training supplied

This is an excellent chance to create good working links with a close-knit patient community and also international colleagues.

We at DPHC work to contribute to a safe and effective healthcare service. This is achieved through the delivery of an occupationally-aware primary healthcare service which includes dental and rehabilitation services.

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

  • Ensuring surgeries are prepared appropriately for the day’s patients following current regulations.
  • Carrying out and recording daily maintenance, servicing and pre-use checks of dental equipment reporting defects following 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.
  • 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.
  • Ensuring that all periodontal patients and patients in other risk categories e.g., caries are recalled appropriately for review or at the next Periodic Dental Inspection appointments.
  • Carry out dental work under the direction of a registered dentist who has examined the patient and indicated in writing the course of treatment to be provided.

Please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification before applying.

Selection Process Details

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

NHS6 – Equality and Diversity

NHSC1 – Communication

NHSC2 – Personal & People Development

NHSC3 – Health, Safety & Security

NHSC4 – Service Improvement

NHSC5 – Quality

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

We are currently unable to open documents saved in the doc.x format. Should you submit in the doc.x format, your CV may not be considered for this vacancy.

Qualifications and Memberships

Candidates will be required to show evidence of the following:

  • Knowledge of range of oral health procedures; acquired through training to degree level or to diploma level plus experience to degree equivalent level.
  • Must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).
  • 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.

A full United Kingdom driving licence is required in order to drive to other dental centres to provide assistance as required.

Applicants approaching graduation are eligible to apply for this role, however they will need to obtain the full qualification and membership requirements prior to commencing in post. Should you have any queries concerning your eligibility, please contact


Further Information

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

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 provide evidence of your immunity may result in the offer of employment being withdrawn.

We encourage all our employees and prospective ones to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to any exemptions that may apply.Please see the attached further information document for full details.

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.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

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 for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

This vacancy is part of the A Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative, Making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

If you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact

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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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