Dental Nurse -Development Post
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37.5 hours per week.
Are you a qualified dental nurse, but wanting to develop?
Have you commenced with, or interested in undertaking a qualification in conscious sedation?
An exciting opportunity has arisen for two full-time development dental nurse positions within Plymouth Community Dental Service. The post holders will either be in the process of or be willing to undertake NEBDN conscious sedation training at the next possible convenience.
This post be primarily work with urgent care and routine child patients, support with sessions under general anesthesia at UHP as well as opportunities to work with dentists undertaking conscious sedation as part of this training role.
On successful completion of the sedation qualification within 12 months of commencement and no performance concerns, this post will then convert to a permanent Band 5 Special Care Dental Nurse position within the service.
Applications are welcomed from experienced & qualified registered dental nurses to join our community dental service, delivering a high level of general & specialised dental services to patients from Plymouth & the surrounding area.
If you have the necessary qualifications, experience & enthusiasm to join our dedicated team, we would like to hear from you.
For an informal discussion please contact Katie Nicholls - Dental Nurse Manager on 01752 434657.
Main duties of the job
The post holder works with Dental Operators, working mainly with patients in pain who require emergency care and routine children. This will also include supporting general anaesthetic sessions at UHP.
The post holder will assist all dental operators in all chair side assisting and clinical procedures, to support and care for patients and manage a surgery and complete all the relevant clinical and administrative tasks.
This is a developmental position which will support / provide the post holder to undertake full dental nurse sedation training at the earliest convenience. On successful completion of this training within the 12-month timeframe and fulfilling all probation requirements this post will then convert into a Band 5 Special Care Dental Nurse.
This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.
Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.
As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.
We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.
Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:
CPD time for registered staff
Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff
A bespoke induction programme
Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.
Works with the dental operator providing emergency / routine child patient care including clinical procedures and chair side assistingSupports the needs of patients, carers and clinicians and be able to deal with them promptly and efficiently.Works with all dental equipment including sharp and fine instruments.Provides advice for patients/carers/families about dental procedures including pre and post-operative advice, management of complications and pain control. Prepares the clinical environment prior to clinical sessions and closes down at the end of clinical sessions, following the service cross infection and decontamination protocolsChecks surgery equipment and reports any faultsRecords clinical observations,Ensures routine and emergency equipment is checked and available i.e. oxygen cylinders and masks, defibrillator.Decontaminates equipment, instruments following cross infection proceduresPrepares the surgery for the patient using knowledge and experience to select the appropriate equipment, materials and instruments.Develops x-rays using digital equipmentAfter relevant training maybe required to take x-raysRequired to work at different locations to meet the needs of the Service, when required, including General Anaesthesia sessions at UHP Continue with or commence full dental nurse sedation training. To support with this training, the post holder under supervision will work with dentists treating patients under conscious sedation.Triage of urgent care patients to assess the urgency of treatment and determine thecorrect booking and then book appointments including outlying clinics.Undertakes specific duties delegated by Dental Operators and Plymouth Community Dental Services Ltd Managers.Follows policies determined by others, including NHS England, the British Dental Association (including the Cross Infection guidelines), the General Dental Council, COSHH, RIDDOR and HASAWA, DOM HTM 01-05.
Training and Knowledge
Registered, as a Dental Nurse, with the GDC.
Undertake full dental nurse sedation training and complete within 12 months of commencement. This will include some study at home.
Thorough knowledge of dental procedures gained through a minimum of 2 years post-qualification training and experience.
Thorough knowledge of routine dental procedures and equipment gained through in-house training and experience including specialised areas such as general anaesthetics.
Experienced in treating patients from diverse cultural backgrounds i.e. those who require interpretation services.
Knowledge of Basic Life Support techniques following training and regular updates, provided by Livewell Southwest
Trained in recognising medical emergencies and assists in dealing with them.
Trained by Livewell Southwest in all Mandatory Training topics, including Manual Handling, Breakaway, Health and Safety.
Clinical work is carried out without direct supervision using initiative and knowledge of procedures gained through experience and training. The guidance of a dental operator or clinical manager is sought for non-routine clinical procedures.
Administrative duties are carried out without direct supervision using knowledge of procedures and referring to a manager for non-routine procedures.
Knowledge and Skills
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).