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Dental Therapist

Job Description

At Virgin Care our approach to delivering healthcare services is innovative, refreshing and above all caring. We are committed to putting patient care first and we are looking for dedicated professionals who share our values and our passion for delivering quality care.

We provide and contract for front-line NHS and social care services across England and have treated millions of people since 2006. We aim to make a lasting positive difference to the quality of care people receive. So, if that is what gets you out of bed in the morning, read on.

Our vacancy

Our Dental Therapist working 15 hours per week will ensure that high quality, evidence based dental services are delivered effectively and efficiently to patients referred to and accepted by Surrey Community Dental Service. You will be expected to provide comprehensive, clinical care to children and adults patients with special needs and/or patients with special dental requirements under prescription from a dentist.

Provide comprehensive preventative oral health education instruction and guidance to patients and parents, including: diet advice, diet analysis, oral hygiene, hygiene aids, and smoking cessation. Instruction must be geared and adapted individually to take into account communication issues (dealing with young children or patients with learning disabilities or challenging behaviour), physical disabilities and special circumstances (medicinal or dietary).

Our Dental Therapist will manage and take responsibility for the Dental Dept/ Clinic in the absence of a Dental Officer and liaise with colleagues and other healthcare professionals as necessary and provide onward referrals, if appropriate.

Dental Care may be provided in community, prison, or domiciliary settings, as a flexible approach is required to address the clinical care needs of these patients.

You will take part in clinical audit, peer review and other clinical governance requirements and maintain professional knowledge and awareness of current dental issues.

Our hub is based at Buryfields clinic, Guildford, but the successful applicant will be required to work in various dental clinics in Surrey.

Team summary

This is an exciting opportunity to work within Surrey Community Dental ServicesOur service comprises 14 clinics that are distributed across Surrey and we provide high quality treatment and oral care for adults and children whose specific needs have prevented them from accessing dental care through the General Dental Service. Our existing team includes specialists in Special Care Dentistry, Oral surgery and Orthodontics.

The service is led by the Service manager with the support of a dedicated team who provide an invaluable service to our patients.


  • GDC Full Registration
  • Appropriate qualification in Dental Therapy
  • Experience in providing paediatric and special care dentistry
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate well and empathise with others.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise caseload
  • Motivation to develop and extend professional knowledge / expertise
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly, without direct supervision
  • Adaptable, flexible and able to work on different sites as required

The rewards

As a valued member of the team, we’ll offer you a competitive salary including pension, ongoing training and development and good quality working conditions.

Working for Virgin Care comes with additional benefits – these include use of the Virgin tribe card which offers discounts on many products including up to 40% off Virgin trains, discounts on Virgin holidays and a host of other savings. Virgin Care is a vibrant organisation committed to progressive, continuous improvement within a thriving team.

If our role appeals, you have the qualities we are looking for, share our values and feel excited by the prospect of what we can do for your career then we’d love to hear from you.

Virgin Care are committed to equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply.

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