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Dental Nurse

Band 4

Main area
Dental Service
Band 4
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 22.5 hours per week (22.5 hours per week)
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Community Health Centres
£22,549 - £24,882 £22,549 - £24882
Salary period
25/10/2021 08:00

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By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.



Job overview

As a Qualified Dental Nurse you will be responsible for supporting the service in ensuring that our service users’ needs are met through the delivery of high-quality care. You will be part of a motivated Dental Team delivering excellent patient care.

In addition to Clinical duties, you will also be responsible for administrative and reception duties.

Main duties of the job

Dental Nurse

Community Dental Services (Band 4)

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Dental Nurse, with excellent clinical and communication skills to join our dynamic Community Dental team. We provide special care dentistry across ten boroughs in London, for adults and children in a variety of settings including: community dental clinics, domiciliary, hospitals, oral surgery service and a fluoride varnish programme.

The successful applicant will be required to work across Brent, Barnet and Harrow  and possibly neighbouring boroughs. You will also have administrative and clerical duties within the department, and will be responsible for ensuring that dental care is provided safely and to a high standard.  Training will be provided to support you in this role and to meet your GDC/CPD requirements.




Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


 Prepare surgeries for all dental procedures, and ensure a hygienic working environment.

 Assist the clinicians in the provision of all dental treatment, clinically and on visits to patient’s homes, residential care centres and hospitals.

 Preparation, care, maintenance and sterilisation of dental instruments and equipment, implementing the infection-control policy in line with HTM 01 05

 Assist clinicians with preparation, monitoring and patient care during IV & IS sedation and during general anaesthesia as required.

 Provide instruction to patients in oral hygiene under the direction of the clinician.

 To communicate appropriately and sensitively with patients, families and carers to provide reassurance and support, taking into consideration differences in language, ability and culture

 To be responsible for the developing of dental radiographs and maintaining the dental x-ray processor. If appropriately qualified, the taking of dental radiographs and assisting in quality assurance under the direction of the clinician.

 To assist with the fluoride varnish programme where relevant, ensuring a hygienic working environment.

 Ensure safe handling and disposal of sharps, drugs, special and clinical waste in accordance 

Person specification

Education / Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • NEBDN and/or an appropriate professional qualification or equivalent
  • Registered with the General Dental Council as a Dental Care Professional
Desirable criteria
  • DNETC certificate or equivalent In fluoride varnish application
  • NEBDN certificate in conscious sedation
  • NEBDN certificate in Dental Radiography

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written)
  • Organised and methodical
  • Competent in basic MS Office and IT applications
  • Possesses initiative, can be flexible
  • Ability to participate in and contribute to the dental team
  • Ability to deal with patients’ needs in a caring and sensitive manner
  • Ability to build rapport with patients and put them at ease.
  • To be efficient and accurate in record keeping
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to support all CDS programmes: e.g. sedation, GA, fluoride varnish

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience working in a clinical dental setting
  • Previous administration or reception experience
  • Experience of working with paediatric and special care patients
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within the CDS
  • Experience of treating patients under sedation
  • Previous oral surgery experience
  • Experience in Software of Excellence

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Enthusiasm, drive and commitment
  • Ability to maintain good relationships with colleagues within the various teams.
  • Good general wellbeing and ability to meet the demands of the post and to work under pressure
  • Ability to take on any type of work in perhaps far from ideal conditions and prioritise workload.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Julie Mckie
Job title
Service Manager
Telephone number
0203 316 8353
Additional information

Julie McKie ,  LOT Service Manager, Whittington Health Dental Services on Tel: 0203 316 8353 


If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3767