Special Care Dental Officer

The closing date is 30th Apr 2024

Job summary

Whether you are a Dentist in general practice or Special Care, Solent are offering you a fantastic package to join our Special Care and Paediatric Service within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We are invested in you, helping you develop your skills to be the professional you want to be!

The Special Care Dental Service provides preventive care and dental treatment to children and adults with additional needs who cannot receive care in a general dental setting. Ideally, you will have experience of working with people with learning disabilities but don't worry if not, we will need you to be adaptable and compassionate to support our patients.

We currently have a vacancy at our Bitterne and Royal South Hants clinics and can offer an immediate start to join a team of likeminded dental professionals - what are you waiting for?!

At Solent we provide the best for our teams and patients with established surgeries across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and state of the art equipment and the use of theatre space in local hospitals. We will offer you a varied caseload where every day brings new challenges with excellent opportunities to upskill in topics such as conscious sedation and domiciliary dentistry, and access to a training budget to maintain your personal development.

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference with appointment times to enable quality dentistry, a career with us may be just what you're looking for!

Recommend a friend Scheme applicable for this role.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Working with adults and children with a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, social impairment or disability and those who require specialist occasional care due to medical, physical or behavioural difficulties.

It also includes care for children with extensive oral disease, those with developmental disorders of the teeth and mouth and children who are anxious or too young to accept routine dental treatment if required.

Care will mainly be provided in clinic locations but may also be provided in hospital and domiciliary settings where appropriate.

The service works in partnership with the wider health and social care system to improve access to early intervention and treatment, reduce health inequalities and promote prevention of oral diseases across the Special Care and Paediatric Dentistry care pathway.

About us

At Solent, our teams mirror the communities we serve. The Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging plan fosters authenticity, ensuring every Solent NHS Trust member feels visible, validated, and valued.

The Annual Staff survey positions us among top-performing Community and Mental Health trusts in 3 of 9 themes:

  • Compassion and inclusivity
  • Each voice matters
  • Staff Engagement

Our commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a strong sense of uniqueness, celebrated among colleagues, contributing to excellent patient outcomes.

We welcome applications from underrepresented communities, offering an informal chat for those uncertain about job fit. Our revamped recruitment process prioritizes inclusivity, aligned with Disability Confident and Armed Forces Covenant guaranteed interviews.

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Solent supports flexible working, providing a carer's passport. Our award-winning Health and Wellbeing service, including Employment Disability, Neurodivergent, and Menopause support, makes Solent NHS an inclusive workplace.

We promote staff vaccination as the primary defence against Flu and Covid-19. Join us in contributing to outstanding patient outcomes in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



Current full Registration as Dental Surgeon with General Dental Council

Foundation (Vocational) Training/equivalence and current Performers List Number

BDS (or equivalent)



Experience of organising and running clinics and supervising support staff 

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Louise Newman 



Pay scheme

Hospital Medical and Dental 


Doctor - Other 


£47653.00  to £71479.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Bitterne Health Centre 
Commercial Street 
SO18 6BT 

Royal South Hants Hospital 
Brintons Terrace 
SO14 0YG