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Job Summary

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity to work with us.

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen within The Maxillofacial Outpatient Department at University Hospitals Southampton for a Senior Dental Nurse (Band 5 Registered Dental Nurse). We are looking for a highly motivated, flexible qualified Dental Nurse who can demonstrate a dedication to quality care and provide high standards of dental nursing. The applicant must be Qualified and Registered with the GDC and have proven experience in Maxillofacial dental nursing. The post holder will be responsible for day to day management of the Dental Nurses and clinics within Maxillofacial and provide skilled dental nurse support, ensuring high quality patient care. The clinics we provide are held on the main hospital site and include Head & Neck oncology, Skin Cancer diagnosis and treatment, Facial Trauma and Orthognathic Surgery. We are a small team of 6 Consultants, 8 Dental Nurses and 1 Associate Nurse Practitioner along with junior staff. The post holder will act as a source of expertise and knowledge for the Dental Nurse’s, patients and the wider multidisciplinary team. As the Senior Dental Nurse, you will be expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills and work to a professional standard. You will support the Dental Nurse Manager to ensure safe staffing levels and “act up” in their absence.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post requires the Senior Dental Nurse to cover duties/days to ensure there is a Nurse in Charge on all Maxillofacial clinics. We are currently looking to cover the role on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday within 30 hours. The department is open from 08.00hrs – 17.00hrs Monday – Friday, but with a changing healthcare demands there may be an occasional requirement to work evenings and weekends.

The Senior Dental Nurse will support The Dental Nurse Manager with the provision of Oral and Maxillofacial services including the ordering of essential equipment and consumables within the agreed budget.

The Senior Dental Nurse will be required to take part in the annual appraisal of Dental Nurses, identifying any training and development opportunities within the group.

As part of the role, the Senior Dental Nurse will participate with the Dental Nurse Manager in the planning Dental Nurse provision within the department including the recruitment process.

The Senior Dental Nurse is expected to take on an additional role to support key links such as Fire, Health and Safety and Safe-guarding.

The Senior Dental Nurse role is required to maintain the Trust Duty roster to ensure staff are rostered correctly within their contracted hours, including the provision of annual leave.

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Registered Dental Nurse with the GDC (Diploma/Foundation Degree/Certificate of Higher Education)
  • Experience working in a hospital setting
  • Experience in Maxillofacial
  • Experience in Orthodontics


  • Experience of managing a department or dental practice
  • Experience handing adverse events and difficult patients
  • Able to assist in implementing change

Skills and competencies


  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Complaint handling
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Motivational
  • Prioritisation
  • Record keeping
  • Report writing
  • Taking the initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Working under pressure

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 27 June 2024

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