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Senior Dental Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The post holder will ensure that high quality, evidence based dental services are delivered effectively and efficiently to patients referred to and accepted by Surrey Community Dental Service.

The post holder will be expected to provide comprehensive, clinical care to patients with special needs and/or patients with special dental requirements. This will include providing comprehensive dental care under sedation and general anaesthesia where appropriate. Dental care may be provided in community, hospital, or domiciliary settings, as a flexible approach is required to address the clinical care needs of these patients.

The post holder will liaise with colleagues and other healthcare professionals as necessary and provide onward referrals, if appropriate. As a Senior Dental Officer you will provide treatment planning for dental therapists and supervise dental therapists, treating patients under prescription.

Main Responsibility

This list is intended to summarise the key responsibilities and is not intended to cover every task that may be required of the role: -

  • Identify commonly occurring medical emergencies and lead the dental team in the appropriate first line management of the emergency, using appropriate techniques, equipment, and drugs.
  • Undertake a thorough examination of patients and be able to plan, manage and deliver care to a wide range of patients.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluates appropriate interventions to prevent disease and promote health for individual patients.
  • Undertake appropriate assessment of patients to determine the need for specialist advice as appropriate.
  • Undertake appropriate investigations during patient examination to determine the need for specialist advice in the management of the developing dentition.
  • Consider all appropriate behavioral management techniques.
  • Use of appropriate local anaesthetic to control pain and anxiety during dental treatment.
  • Carry out comprehensive treatment planning and provide treatment for patients who require treatment under general anaesthesia, including appropriate case selection.
  • Provide advice, training, and guidance to colleagues as appropriate.
  • To provide clinical cover, when required, in clinics other than their base.

For a full list of responsibilities please see attached Job Description.

The Ideal Candidate



  • GDC Full Registration
  • BDS or equivalent
  • Holds a current performer number or eligible to join Performers List
  • Postgraduate training relevant to Special Care and/or Paediatric Dentistry
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development and compliance with GDC requirements for recertification.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience providing Special Care and Paediatric Dentistry
  • Previous experience of providing domiciliary care
  • Previous experience of treatment planning and provision of treatment under general anaesthesia and inhalation sedation
  • Evidence of CPD specific to Special Care Dentistry

Knowledge and Skills

  • Broad range of clinical skills and experience in caring for children and adults with special needs
  • Excellent clinical skills and ability to deliver dental services in a variety of settings.
  • Experience of clinical audit and activities aimed at improving quality of care
  • Ability to empathise.
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Computer literate in a Windows environment and willingness to learn practice software e.g. R4 Knowledge of managing NHS claims
  • Full UK driving license.
  • Knowledge of NHS dental services

Package Description

As a Senior Dental Officer, you’ll be part of our valued team at our Buryfields Clinic

You will feel valued as a Senior Dental Officer within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including: 

  • £74,126 - £84,715 with national Terms and Conditions of Service for Salaried Primary Dental Care Services (England)
  • Free tea, coffee, and milk at your base location 
  • Plentiful on site-parking
  • Membership of My Reward Hub, giving you access to discounts on everyday purchases like grocery shopping as well as cashback and voucher offers for treats for you and those special to you
  • Access to your wages as you earn them to help cover life’s emergencies and avoid overdraft fees or high interest rates
  • Online and face to face help with your mental and physical wellbeing – from healthy recipes and activity challenges through to post trauma support, legal, debt and life management help, as well career coaching and counselling 
  • Access to eLearning, bespoke career pathways and opportunities for continuing professional development through our ‘Outstanding’ learning and development team, The Learning Enterprise 
  • An open, just culture where you’re encouraged to have and implement ideas which can help us deliver our purpose: changing lives through transforming health and care – backed up by at least £100,000 of ringfenced innovation funding each year
  • The pride of working for an organisation committed to the highest clinical and quality standards: with a majority of our rated services holding “good” or “outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission

About the Company

We change lives by transforming health and care. 

Established in 2006 we are one of the UK's leading independent providers of community health and care services, working with health and care commissioners and communities to transform services with a focus on experience, efficiency and improved outcomes. We deliver and transform adult and children community health services, primary care services including urgent care, sexual health, dermatology and MSK services as well as adult social care and wellbeing services. Across England, we support communities of many millions and directly help more than half a million people each year - guided by our simple values: we care, we think, we do. 

We're committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from a broad, diverse range of people who want to join our team. We’re a Disability Confident Committed company, so we work to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to be as inclusive of everyone. 

While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes a role is very popular, and we’ll need to close it earlier than the date we’ve shown here. If you’re keen to join our team, we’d love to hear from you so please apply as soon as you can. 

As you’d expect, safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with is of the utmost importance so we have policies and procedures in place to promote safeguarding and safer working practices and everyone who joins the team is subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. 

Finally, we need to let you know that the company you’ll work for is part of HCRG Care Group Holdings Limited and by applying for this job we’ll need to process and hold information about you. If you would like to know a little more about how we use your information, please see our website's privacy policy. 

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