Dental Therapist

The closing date is 30th Apr 2024

Job summary

Are you a dynamic and enthusiastic Dental Therapist, looking to develop your skills and work within a supportive team environment?

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for a Dental Therapist to join a well-established Special Care and Paediatric Service in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Dental Therapist to work within the Special Care Dental setting. This role can be as challenging as it is rewarding and will provide the incumbent post holder with the potential to further their skills utilising the full range of treatments in the Dental Therapist remit, whilst also providing the opportunity to train in inhalation sedation and participate in the Dental Therapist Mentorship Scheme linked to the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy.

Applications are invited from caring and enthusiastic dental therapists for this post which will be based in the Special Care dental clinic within the Cowes Community Clinic. The post holder will deliver dental care and advice to adult and paediatric patients accessing the Special Care Dental Service as prescribed by a dentist within the service. Previous experience of working within a Community Dental Service environment will be an advantage but not essential, and this role may require you to work in other Solent Special Care Dental clinics at times.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Clinical treatment

  • Treatment of adults and children in Dental Service clinics and domiciliary settings without direct supervision.
  • Carry out prescribed treatment plans; assessing, implementing and evaluating clinical care of patients, working within Service protocols and procedures and following professional guidelines. Provide advice on oral hygiene and peri-operative care; and provide personal care associated with surgical procedures.
  • Provide oral health education interventions and support in clinical settings.
  • Provide lifestyle behaviour change brief interventions and support.
  • Operate specialist dental equipment and carry out radiography and process radiographs.
  • Participate in Conscious Sedation procedures and special care clinics as required.

Dental Therapy specific procedures

Monitor and record of disease, scaling and polishing, apply topical fluoride and fissure sealants, restore deciduous and permanent teeth, root canal therapies in deciduous teeth, place pre-formed metal crowns, administer of local infiltration and nerve block analgesia, extract deciduous teeth, treat emergencies - temporary replacements of fillings and crowns, take of impressions, take and process of radiographs, treat patients under conscious sedation administered by dental officer, certify and discharge patient as dentally fit at completion of treatment plan.

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.
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Job description

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

Person specification



Current full Registration as Dental Therapist (+/- Dental Hygiene) with General Dental Council

Diploma/Degree in Dental Therapy (or equivalent registerable qualification)



Experience of organising and running surgery and staff unsupervised

Experience of providing dental treatment and preventive care for patients with complex special needs, ease anxiety and tension in nervous patients, resolve conflict

Experience of working in a constantly changing environment

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

Experience of dental software (R4 or similar) across networks

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: 

Phill Gilliland 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 6 


£35392.00  to £42618.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

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