Band 4 Civilian Dental Nurse

Ministry of Defence

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Update day: 28-05-2023

Location: Exmouth South West

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Job type: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £23,949 - £26,282 a year

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£23,949 - £26,282
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Agenda for Change Band 4

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MOD - Strategic Command - Defence Medical Services (DMS)

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Commando Training Centre, RM Lympstone, EX8 5AR

About the job

Job summary

We are Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) and we are looking for a hardworking, committed Civilian Dental Nurse to join our supportive and welcoming team here at RM Lympstone.

We are an inclusive, dedicated organisation working to provide outstanding care to our entitled personnel.

The role offers 37.5 hours per week and is only available as a Full Time post.

Job description

The primary purpose of the role is to provide clinical and administrative support for the provision of dental care in DPHC (D) dental centres, to enhance force generation and operational capability and minimise dental morbidity on operations. The primary location of this position will be RM Lympstone.

Person specification

Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

  • Undertake CPD in the core subject of medical emergencies, infection prevention control (IPC), disinfection and decontamination, radiography and radiation protection; legal and ethical issues and handling complaints, as recommended by the GDC.
  • Maintain immunological protection against Hepatitis B in accordance with current guidelines, advising the line manager of any change to immunological status.
  • Be aware of the duty of confidentiality placed upon the DNs by the GDC and understand the action that must be taken to protect patients’ confidentiality in accordance with the GDC’s Principles of Patient Confidentiality document including the 9 Caldicott principles.
  • At all times, whether at work or away from the work place, act and behave in a professional manner that will not bring the profession or Armed Forces into disrepute.
  • Ensure their surgeries are prepared appropriately for the day’s patients in accordance with current regulations.
  • Carry out and record daily maintenance, servicing and pre-use checks of dental equipment reporting defects in accordance with current equipment care policies.
  • Taking responsibility for coordinating Initial Dental Inspections (IDIs) for Royal Marine Recruits, Bandsmen and Officer Cadets undertaking training at Commando Training Centre, including any subsequent treatment that is required. They will liaise closely with training teams to ensure the timely organisation and completion of treatment within a rapidly changing programme.
  • Using Microsoft Excel to create and manage patient treatment spreadsheets, maintaining oversight of recruit statistics and using these to collate quarterly returns for Project MOLAR.

For full details of the duties and responsibilities of the role please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.


Candidates must hold a National Examination Board of Dental Nursing (NEBDN) qualification.


Candidates must be registered with the General Dental Council as a Dental Nurse.

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • NHS Core – NHSC1 – Communication
  • NHS Core – NHSC2 – Personal & People Development
  • NHS Core – NHSC3 – Health, Safety & Security
  • NHS Core – NHSC4 – Service Improvement
  • NHS Core – NHSC5 – Quality
  • NHS Core – NHSC6 – Equality and Diversity


Being part of the Civil Service entitles you to a wide range of fantastic benefits. Including flexible working arrangements, generous annual leave allowance and attractive pension options.

      25 days holiday a year, growing one day a year to 30 days after five years (pro rata)

      A competitive remuneration package

      Learning and development tailored to your role

      A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

      Free on-site parking

      Access to on-site fitness facilities

      On-site dining facilities and coffee shop

      Access to the NHS Pension Scheme

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Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.

The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV. At interview, you will be tested against the NHS Technical Skills listed below.

  • NHS Core – NHSC1 – Communication
  • NHS Core – NHSC2 – Personal & People Development
  • NHS Core – NHSC3 – Health, Safety & Security
  • NHS Core – NHSC4 – Service Improvement
  • NHS Core – NHSC5 – Quality
  • NHS Core – NHSC6 – Equality and Diversity

Please ensure the required skills, qualifications and memberships are demonstrated in your CV and saved under your name prior to submitting your application.

Essential Criteria include:
  • National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) Certificate or NVQ in Oral Health Care Dental Nursing Level 3.

  • Must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), plus must have one of the following 5 post registration qualifications: Oral Health Education Certificate; Dental Radiography Certificate; Orthodontic Dental Nursing certificate; Dental Nursing Sedation certificate; Special Care Dental Nursing certificate.
  • Candidates who hold the qualifications but are not yet registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are eligible to apply for this vacancy. However, if found successful it is a requirement that you are registered with the GDC prior to starting in the post.

Due to COVID 19, there is now a requirement for dental clinical staff to be fit tested for a FFP3 mask, which has to be worn when managing a patient who is undergoing an aerosol generating procedure (AGP). The successful candidate will be fit tested prior to commencing employment.

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

There will be no reimbursement for any travel expenses for the interview.

Consideration will be given to candidates from nationalities other than those outlined in the advert, only in exceptional circumstances and only where compliant with the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

If found successful for this position, you will be required to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B. Failure to provide evidence of your immunity may result in the offer of employment being withdrawn.

There is no requirement to deploy as this is met by our uniformed personnel, but you will form the continuity of care required by our patients when based at home.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

We encourage all our employees and prospective ones to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to any exemptions that may apply.

All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS)for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical. The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system.

This vacancy is part of the A Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative. For more information copy and paste the following in to your browser or search Making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Please note the salary will be pro-rata where part time hours are undertaken.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

    Name :
    Philip Clapham
    Email :

Recruitment team

    Email :

Further information

Please see the attached Further Information document.
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Deadline: 12-07-2023

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