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Vocational Dental Practitioner Job Description

Updated on November 12, 2012

As part of a Practice Managers course I am studying, I had to design job descriptions for each member of the dental team. While researching job descriptions on the internet I came up with very little, or websites that you have to become a paying member of in order to access the documents. This is why I've decided to put the job descriptions I designed onto hubpages, for guidance to people who are looking to employ members of the dental team, or those thinking of becoming a dental professional.

A Vocational Dental Practitioner is a dentist that is newly qualified, and must complete a year under guidance of a trainer, in order to complete the qualification. In the year of practicing, the newly qualified dentist will complete a portfolio on different case studies, and enrol on lots of training schemes, in order to maximise experience and knowledge.

VDP Job Description

Job Title:

Vocational Dental Practitioner

Purpose of the Job:

To provide preventive and restorative treatments for problems that effect the mouth and teeth to a wide range of patients, from children to the elderly, and to practice and improve your skills. You will be introduced to all aspects of primary care and will create a professional development portfolio throughout the course of the year, while working alongside your vocational trainer.

To Whom Responsible:

The principle/dentist s/he is working along side.

For Whom Responsible:

The nurse assisting.

Employment Duties:

  • To perform high quality dental procedures in a safe and effective manner in accordance with the ‘Code of Ethics’ of the British Association of Dentists and the GDC requirements and recommendations to the dentists and their staff. The performance of these duties is under the reasonable directions of the principle, made known from time to time as appropriate.
  • To establish and maintain productive working relationships with all members of the dental team.
  • To ensure that the surgical areas and equipment are regularly cleaned and maintained, including aspiration systems and autoclaves, paying all due attention to relevant legal and ethical codes, in addition to the practice policy in respect of cross infection control and Health & Safety.
  • To keep accurate records and ensure the recording methods are used in line with agreed practice policy and current medico-legal guidelines.
  • To enter into a nationally agreed contract of employment with (Practice Owner). It is obligatory to complete a twelve month contract.
  • Attend the practice for the agreed hours and perform such clinical duties as appropriate for patient care and personal training needs. (28 hours when study operates; 35 hours per week when it does not)
  • Attend the 30 day study course organised during the training period; normally the only reason for not attending a study day will be sickness (prior written approval from the Advisor must be obtained for absence from the 30 day study course for reasons other than sickness).
  • Determine personal training needs in discussion with your trainer.
  • Take an active part in weekly tutorials with the trainer and the self-assessment and development profile reviews.
  • Maintain an up to date foundation training and learning portfolio, discuss it with the trainer as part of the formative assessment process and submit it to the VT adviser when requested.

Key Tasks:

  • Provide dental health education about oral health care
  • Examine teeth and diagnose patients' dental conditions, using tools such as x-rays
  • Assessing treatment options and agreeing treatment plans with patients
  • Carrying out agreed clinical treatments, such as treating gum disease, restoring teeth affected by decay etc.
  • Ensure that sterile conditions are maintained.
  • Work closely with your trainer.
  • Use a range of different dental instruments.
  • Work with a wide range of patients, including anxious patients, and those with special needs.
  • Writing referal letters for patients when necessary
  • Maintain patient dental records, check all medicals are up to date and record on the computer as necessary.
  • Ensure safe disposals of sharp and clinical waste.
  • To take all reasonable methods to ensure patient comfort.
  • Follow all practice policies and procedures.
  • Obey all dental ethical guidelines including all rules on confidentiality and Data Protection.
  • Report equipment failures or breakages to the principle or practice manager, so that action may be taken to remedy any defects.
  • Monitor and maintain stocks within the dental surgery as necessary, informing the nurses or practice manager when necessary.
  • To follow Health & Safety codes, C.O.S.H.H. and R.I.D.D.O.R. guidelines in all aspects including when taking x-rays, handling mercury, disposing of sharp and clinical waste, resuscitation, emergency procedures and fire drill.
  • To maintain skills by actively following a programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Required Qualifications:

Must be eligible to undertake VT and has a fully registerable qualification. Must be able to provide details of university of graduation, degree and nationality. Must be either a UK national, EEA National (EU Country passport holder), or an overseas National (not UK or EEA) with a work permit and leave to remain in the UK which is current/spans the VT year (or on HSMP visa).

Beneficial Experience:

  • Computer Skills
  • Experience of working in surgery
  • Good Infection Control skills
  • Any extra courses taken relevant to Dentistry.

Personal Attributes:

  • An interest in the welfare of patients, with a mature, friendly, confident and caring manner.
  • A steady hand for delicate work, with good co-ordination skills.
  • Able to communicate with trainer/staff/patients and public professionally
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Can identify areas of knowledge/clinical skills where further help/instruction are required
  • An interest and ability in dentistry, science, anatomy and physiology.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills.
  • The ability to relate well with a wide range of people, including those with special needs.
  • The ability to work as part of the team.
  • To be reliable, honest and trustworthy individual, with a friendly manner
  • To be punctual
  • To be presentable taking care of your appearance, keeping jewelry to a minimum

Terms of Employment:

Your hours of work will be 9.00am – 5.30pm, two days out of seven, with one hour unpaid lunch, and you will work on a six month trial period. The successful applicant will require a CRB check, which will be reimbursed by the employer, and must show proof of registration and all inoculations, including Hepatitis B. You will also need a copy of your insurance details.


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