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Senior Dental Officer
  • Employer: Falkland Islands Government
  • Reference: 200/22/216689
  • Published: Fri 21/10/2022, 14:51 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 05/12/2022, 12:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, On-Call
  • Salary: £95k plus Gratuity (taxable) and a Flights and Relocation Package
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Stanley, Falkland Islands. , Falkland Islands

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Senior Dental Officer

The FIG Directorate of Health & Social Services are looking for a Senior Dental Practitioner to join our existing team which provides a comprehensive dental and oral health service, including emergency care, based in the King Edward Memorial Hospital in the Islands’ capital, Stanley.  The service currently has facilities for three surgeries plus a small technical area with plans underway to expand the department to four surgeries to include remote (supported) Orthodontic Services.  The service follows UK practices and standards of care, modified to meet local needs and circumstances. 

The Role

The successful applicant will undertake clinical and non-clinical duties, demonstrating the competencies of a skilled and clinically current dentist whilst also being an excellent team leader; this will involve carrying out the full duties of a dental officer, fulfilling the role of clinical lead (dental) and internal advisor on all dental matters within the Department of Health and Social Services, with support from an external Dental Advisor.   

You will be expected to lead the implementation of the Oral Health Strategy and respond to the needs of the community (evidence based), along with the development of the new Orthodontic Service in the Falkland Islands.

Whilst the position is patient focussed, it also involves leading and managing a small team which will require a ‘Serve-to-Lead’ approach to inspire confidence and generate followership from the dental team to ensure an integrated and effective service is provided. 

The Person 

  • Holds a (minimum) Bachelor of Dental Surgery with at least of 5 years’ experience as a general dental practitioner, ideally in a senior post in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) or a primary care community dental practice; or equivalent organisation.
  • Registered with the UK General Dental Council or recognised international equivalent which must be maintained for the duration of the appointment
  • Knowledge and experience of working within clinical governance systems and championing processes, including undertaking audits
  • Able to demonstrate flexible and personable management and communication skills necessary to lead and support the dental team
  • Competence in pouring dental models to be transported to the UK
  • Flexible approach to work as there is a requirement to be on-call on alternate weekends, Bank Holidays and Public Holidays and may be required to work outside of normal working hours as necessary.
  • A true understanding of ‘one-team’ ethos
  • Be a consummate professional in all environs; including in a clinical setting, through leadership of the team, management of the administrative functions and as an advisor to the Director of Health and Social Services.
  • Must uphold the values and standards of the organisation; even when off-duty; noting the additional responsibility such a senior position brings within a small Island community.
  • Be able to manage a budget of £1million (Operational and Capital) within the dental areas of responsibility.

The Package

  • Fixed Term Contract, up to 4 years’
  • Salary £95,809 per annum
  • Eligibility for a 25% Gratuity, paid upon successful completion of the contract
  • 30 Days Annual Leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days leave)
  • Relocation Allowance, to help with moving costs
  • Flights Package for you and recognised dependents at the beginning and end of contract, and additional annual return flights contingent on the duration of the contract
  • Government Housing for rent and a starter pack to help you settle in.
  • Favourable income tax rates. Personal Allowance: £15,000 pa (NB: The first £12,000 of chargeable income is taxed at the rate of 21%, with the remainder being taxed at 26%).
  • A stimulating and supportive setting to work in and a unique and beautiful setting to live in.
  • An opportunity to develop professionally. Particularly through the enablement and implementation of the new Orthodontic Service project.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can download the job description and further information from our online vacancy page.

To apply, please complete our online application form from our vacancy page, by clicking on 'Apply Now' and completing the form.  Alternatively, download an offline form from the same page and email to before the closing date.

Timetable for Recruitment and Selection Process

Closing Date for Applications - 05 December 2022 @ 12:00 (GMT)

Shortlisting Commencing - 09 December 2022

Panel Interviews - 14-16 December 2022

Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory, with full internal self-government.

As the largest employer in the Falkland Islands, we offer many unique and fulfilling job opportunities, across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – taxation, legislation and policy, as well as those usually managed on a local level such as town planning, health and social services, and education. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, such as fisheries research, power generation and the Government Air Service, FIGAS.

For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look at our recruitment microsite:

The Falkland Islands

Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a varied social calendar and an absence of traffic jams!

The Falkland Islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.

For those with a sense of adventure, it provides opportunities which are hard to match anywhere else in the world.