Senior Dental Officer

The closing date is 30th Apr 2024

Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band B Senior Dental Officer post at our Cowes Special Care Dental Service within the Solent NHS Trust. Are you enthusiastic, flexible, reliable team player with excellent communication skills?

We are looking for an experienced and motivated dentist to join our dynamic Special Care Dental Service to deliver routine and urgent dental care to patients, adults and children who are unable to access care in the General Dental Services due to their additional needs. These might include challenging medical conditions, physical disability, mental disability, learning difficulties, special dental conditions, social and behavioural limitations, domiciliary dental needs, anxiety management and bariatric care.

Care will be provided to patients referred to or under the long-term care of the service, under local anaesthesia, inhalation, intravenous or intranasal sedation and general anaesthesia where appropriate. We are offering the chance to work in our dental surgeries with support of experienced dental nurses and Therapists to assist you in achieving your UDA target and working within NHS Regulations.

There will be opportunities for the post holder to develop special interests and they will be supported by an enthusiastic and dedicated team, including Specialists in Special Care Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry and GA/Sedation. You are required to be GDC registered and have an active performer number.

Recommend a friend Scheme applicable for this role.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Patient examination and diagnosis

Undertake thorough examination of patients and provide a Dental Care Assessment.

Treatment planning and patient management

Plan and manage where there are complex medical co-morbidities or the situation requires the involvement of other professionals and/or carers to resolve complex patient management issues. Clinical duties in relation to comprehensive dental screening, survey and treatment services, including emergency treatment, for patients requiring Special Care Dentistry and Specialist Occasional Care. This may of necessity vary with time to meet changing needs. Dental care may be provided from a variety of clinic premises, including mobile clinics, and may involve domiciliary visits where appropriate. It is normal for this post to treat patients in wheelchairs using the wheelchair recliner, including bariatric patients, and to be able to use hoists.

Medical and dental emergencies

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. Keep up to date with developments in this area and/or able to advise other members of the team. Take responsibility for organising the training and resources for the acute management of medical emergencies within immediate team and / or a part of the service.

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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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




Experience of organising, managing and running clinics and support staff.

Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development and currency within GDC requirements.

Experience of dental software (R4 or similar)

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: 

Denise Mattin 


Pay scheme

Hospital Medical and Dental 


Doctor - Other 


£74126.00  to £86701.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Cowes Special Care Dental Service  
200 Newport Road 
Cowes Isle of Wight 
Isle of Wight 
PO31 7ER