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Carry out dental treatment in line with the current theory and practice and in accordance with the GDC’s ethical guidance under reasonable directions from the Clinical Director and perform such other tasks as the practice owner shall reasonably request.

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Location

Leamington Spa

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Purpose of the job: Carry out dental treatment in line with the current theory and practice and in accordance with the GDC’s ethical guidance under reasonable directions from the Clinical Director and perform such other tasks as the practice owner shall reasonably request.

Responsible to: The practice owner.

Responsible for: The assisting dental nurse.

Employment duties

  • Provide high-quality dental treatment in line with current theory and practice, while treating patients with empathy and understanding
  • Maintain the required professional registration, indemnity and insurance
  • Manage own programme of continuing professional development to maintain and improve own professional knowledge and competence and to meet the GDC requirements
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures and maintain standards of infection prevention and control in line with current theory and practice
  • Treat patients with empathy and understanding
  • Establish, promote and maintain productive working relationships with all team members to provide high standards of care and service to the patients in line with the practice policies and procedures
  • Liaise with the practice owner on all matters concerning administration, pay and service conditions
  • Supervise the assisting dental nurse in regard to clinical matter
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work

Key tasks

Offer dental treatment to the patients in line with the dentist’s skill, experience and the GDC’s ‘Scope of Practice’ including:

  • Diagnose disease
  • Prepare comprehensive treatment plans
  • Prescribe and provide endodontic treatment on adult teeth
  • Prescribe and provide fixed and removable prostheses
  • Carry out oral surgery
  • Provide oral health advice and care
  • Carry out periodontal surgery
  • Extract permanent teeth
  • Prescribe and provide crowns, bridges, veneers and cosmetic dentistry
  • Carry out treatment on patients who are under general anaesthesia
  • Provide conscious sedation
  • Prescribe medicines as part of dental treatment
  • Prescribe and interpret radiographs

Additional skills that a dentist could develop after appropriate training:

  • Provide implants
  • Provide non-surgical cosmetic injectables
  • Prescribe and provide fixed orthodontic treatment
  • Refer to a suitable practitioner if the treatment is outside of your sphere of knowledge and/or experience
  • Recognise where supervision is necessary and refer appropriate difficult professional or clinical issues to the practice owner
  • Take part in the emergency rota as directed
  • Maintain good lines of communication with the practice team in the best interests of patients
  • Obtain valid consent from patients before starting treatment, in line with the current guidelines and the practice policy
  • Ensure that all clinical dental notes are comprehensive, contemporaneous and complete and are available for inspection at the premises at any time
  • Keep up to date with and practice in line with current GDC regulations as well as with the guidance from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and NICE
  • Keep up to date with health and safety requirements
  • Attend practice meetings and training sessions when requested
  • Observe correct professional behaviour and promote a positive image of the profession and the practice at all times
  • Keep confidential all patient, business and practice information
  • Work actively with the practice owner to develop the practice and implement the business plan

Statement of responsibilities:

  • This job description is a guide to responsibilities rather than a complete list of duties. It will be periodically reviewed and may be amended by agreement from time to time.

Requirements

  • Provide high-quality dental treatment in line with current theory and practice, while treating patients with empathy and understanding
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures and maintain standards of infection prevention and control in line with current theory and practice
  • Treat patients with empathy and understanding

Responsibilities

  • This job description is a guide to responsibilities rather than a complete list of duties. It will be periodically reviewed and may be amended by agreement from time to time.
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