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Associate Dentist

Job Reference: 00015928
Date Posted: 23 April 2019
Employer: Smile Together
Location: Bodmin, Cornwall
Salary: Market Rate
Sector: Public Sector > Community Dental Officer, General Dental Practice > Dentist
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 20 May 2019

Job Description

Want to make a real difference? You couldn’t be in better company.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Dentist at Smile Together Dental CIC, working in our Brighter Dental team to support our continuing business growth and development.

Reporting to the Brighter Dental Area Manager, this position will suit someone who is an experienced Dentist looking for a change, or who may be interested in relocating to Cornwall and working in our Bodmin practice. Responsibilities will include working as part of the practice team to ensure our patients are well looked after and we deliver to the highest levels of patient care.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join us – we’re having a major impact in the South West and we’re different!

Covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Smile Together is one of the South West’s largest NHS referral and emergency primary dental care providers. Our West Country Dental Care team provides urgent dental treatments for people who don’t have their own dentist, run out-of-hours surgeries and apply expert skills to treat children and adults with a range of special care needs alongside oral surgery, children’s orthodontics and treatments under general anaesthetic in a hospital setting. Under our Brighter Dental brand we provide competitively priced private dentistry from practices based in the heart of their communities, and we own a specialist dental laboratory DPS (Dental Prosthetic Solutions).

An award-winning and innovative organisation, we function as an employee-owned community interest company and social enterprise with clear rules about reinvesting our profits back into the community. Our Brighter Smiles campaign brings practical tooth-brushing clubs, fluoride varnishing and oral health education to children in areas of high decay across Cornish communities, and we reach further into our communities with outreach activities such as Smiles At Sea.

When we launched in 2016 as an employee-owned dental social enterprise and community interest company, one of the things our team felt passionately about was enhancing our clinical environments and treatment options for patients – to improve our community dental services, exceed patient expectations and enable everyone to deliver above and beyond what we’re commissioned, contracted and inspired to do. Underpinning our mission of delivering ‘dentistry with social impact’. We therefore purchased a wonderful old building in Bodmin and are currently transforming it into a brand new, purpose-built dental centre in the heart of our community. Our shared vision for the building is to enhance dental services and quality of provision, delivering an outstanding patient experience. Ultimately it will be a development for us all to be proud of – in line with our vision of creating happier healthier communities, it will transform dentistry in Cornwall.

We’re a committed and friendly team that puts our people and patients first – join us in providing a valued dental service in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Please send in your current CV with a covering letter outlining why you’d be a great appointment for us to

Interviews will be held – TBC

Job Title:  Associate Dentist

Salary:  Competitive – see below for further details

Hours:  Up to 35 hours (full time) & flexible hours also available

Responsible and accountable to:  Brighter Dental Area Manager

Location:  Brighter Dental Bodmin

Role summary:

This position is based on up to 5 working days per week, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, with flexible working also available where necessary, including the option to work at weekends.

The post-holder will deliver both NHS and Private dentistry for patients attending on our growing patient list, including those who attend under our patient plan scheme.

To be responsible for ensuring compliance with appropriate health, safety and security procedures within the work area; to report accidents, incidents and near misses using the Smile Together incident reporting procedure.

The post-holder will:

  • Work as part of the whole dental team to assist in the provision and delivery of dental care services to patients
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken at the practice are in line with GDC guidelines and Brighter Dental policies and procedures
  • Be flexible with duties to ensure the smooth running of the practice and take ownership of tasks to ensure these are completed in an accurate and timely manner
  • Actively engage with Brighter Dental teams and participate in audit activities, development and in-house meetings etc
  • Be responsible for safe working and practice on a day-to-day basis in sites of clinical activity, ensuring compliance with clinical governance and legislation, appropriate health, safety and security procedures within the work area, and report accidents, incidents and near misses using the Smile Together incident reporting procedure
  • Undertake other reasonable duties as requested by the Area Manager

Key accountabilities:

  • Experience of clinical audits
  • Considerable knowledge and experience of clinical governance
  • Experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience
  • Good IT skills (we use the Dentally Practice Management System)
  • Trained to recognise and respond to medical emergencies (ie. Immediate Life Support techniques)
  • Maintaining and developing your clinical competency and continuing professional/personal development according to agreed training needs including via our Smile Together Training Academy
  • Working alongside clinical and professional support colleagues in facilitating ongoing organisational change and development

This post requires Occupational Health clearances, DBS clearance and two satisfactory references prior to start date, with all interview and appointment expenses covered including travel and DBS check.

Working conditions:

  • It is expected that the post-holder will be familiar with NHS dental services regulations and will be willing to receive appropriate ongoing training and professional/personal development
  • The work is primarily clinic-based and will include use of computer and telephony equipment
  • The work may include occasional light lifting duties such as stationery boxes, files, dental consumables or other deliveries
  • There will be occasions when travel to work in other locations will be required, with paid business mileage

Our environment:

  • Cornwall has a largely rural population of over 530,000 - about half of these people are unable to access a General Dental Practitioner
  • There are about 200 General Dental Practitioners in the county
  • Smile Together operates as an employee-owned community interest company from 13 locations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, employing around 30 full and part-time dentists
  • Our 100-plus team comprises dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses, dental lab technicians and professional support colleagues
  • Smile Together is proud to have won a number of accolades including Highly Commended in the Social Enterprise UK Awards 2018, Employer of the Year in the Cornwall Business Awards 2017, Dental Nurse of the Year in The Dental Awards 2017, Highly Commended in the Employee Ownership Awards 2017 for Positive Impact of the Year and runner-up in the Schülke ‘Infection Prevention and Control Awards 2017’ - see more at

Our package includes:

  • UDA target – TBC, which is to be paid @ £12.50 per UDA
  • Private treatments to patients (including Patient Plan) and there will be agreed targets in place with a rolling % depending on delivery from 45% to 50% where targets are achieved
  • Deductions would include NHS pension contributions, lab bills (charged at 50%), and contribution to non-standard requested materials (charged at 50%)
  • Flexible working to accommodate childcare or other caring responsibilities
  • A dedicated training package, both clinical to maintain your CPD and wider professional development via our Smile Together Training Academy
  • A friendly support network with an induction colleague assigned to assist your transition to our company
  • Access to reliable equipment including digital x-rays
  • Outstanding work life balance in a beautiful part of the country

Equality and Diversity

The post-holder is required to abide by the organisation’s policies and procedures and to actively support the company’s commitment to equality and diversity in both employment and the delivery of services. All patients, staff and visitors must be treated equitably, with dignity and respect, taking into account their race, gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexuality etc.


This job description is not exhaustive and may change as the post develops, but such change will not take place without consultation between the post-holder and his/her manager. Job descriptions should be reviewed at least annually at the appraisal meeting.

Person Specification:

In support of your application, please evidence your skills and experience against the following criteria, giving specific examples






Knowledge, training and experience

Bachelor of Dental Surgery


Full registration with the General Dental Council


Current Performer Number


Substantial postgraduate experience of a full range of clinical dentistry


Considerable knowledge and experience of clinical governance


Trained to recognise and respond to medical emergencies (ie. Immediate Life Support techniques)


Awareness of and ability to keep patient confidentiality


Knowledge of the Data Protection Act/General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and NHS Confidentiality Guidelines (eg. Caldicott) and their implications


General skills and experience

The ability to travel around the county


Occupational health clearance


Experience of clinical audits


Experience of a wide range of dental procedures acquired through training and clinical experience


Good IT skills (we use the Dentally PMS system)


Effective time management skills and ability to work within time frames


Good interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal)


Ability to demonstrate understanding and patience, balancing compassion, diplomacy and assertiveness


Well organised and able to work efficiently and effectively under pressure, multitask and prioritise


Ability to work authentically as part of a team, doing what you say you will do and building trust


Ability to use own initiative and apply sound judgement, confident to voice an opinion, offer innovative solutions and feel part of decision making


Ability to interact effectively with management, colleagues, the public, advisory bodies and other external stakeholders in a professional and courteous manner


Flexibility and preparedness to change and adapt as circumstances dictate, able to look to the future and do what you can to make things better


*Assessment will take place with reference to the following:

A = Application I = Interview T = Test C = Certificate