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Dental Director

Dental Director
NHS Education for Scotland
Full time (40 hours per week)
Location – Flexible location (your NES office location will be agreed upon appointment)
Salary – Consultant / CRUMP terms

Do you want to help improve health and care outcomes and the quality of services across Scotland?

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) provides education, training, workforce development, data and technology for health and social care in Scotland. Our goal is to create a workforce that meets people’s needs, as well as the needs of staff, carers, and the people of Scotland by working in partnership with our staff, learners and stakeholders.

NES helps people who work in health and social care to get the education and skills they need to provide good quality care for people in Scotland.

The overall purpose of NES is to be a collaborative, innovative and inclusive learning organisation providing high-quality education, training, workforce development, workforce data and technology for Scotland’s health and social care workforce.  This is intended to deliver the organisation’s strategic vision which is to support better rights-based quality care and outcomes for every person in Scotland through a skilled, capable and resilient health and social care workforce.

The Dental Director is a senior executive role leading nationally on the strategic direction, development and delivery of postgraduate dental education and training to regulatory standards for the dental workforce in NHS Scotland. This role contributes to improved health outcomes and the quality of services across Scotland by reshaping the health and social care workforce through education, workforce development and training, technology-enhanced learning and practice, and workforce analysis and planning to support service design and innovation including new approaches, models and locations of care.  Bringing your credibility based on your values, skills and experience you will be a strategic manager at a senior levels. Working with partner organisations at UK level, you will lead the Dental Directorate ensuring high quality dental education is delivered across Scotland.

The Dental Directorate

The delivery of postgraduate dental education is a complex challenge and the Dental Directorate works closely with Scottish Government and many partners with diverse interests and who together, contribute to the work of postgraduate education. The Dental Directorate is responsible to the NES Board via the Chief Executive and through the Board to Scottish Government for the commissioning and delivery of postgraduate dental education in Scotland. This training is delivered primarily in NHS Boards including hospitals and General Dental Practices.

Furthermore, as NES directly employs all postgraduate dental trainees, the Dental Directorate has an active management role in delivery of a high-quality employment experience for trainees working in NHS Boards. The role of the Dental Director is significant in developing robust workforce planning nationally while shaping and contributing to UK wide initiatives so that there is a highly skilled workforce with the right skills, in the right place at the right time. Working UK wide and through regular engagement with senior officials in the Scottish Government, the Dental Director works with key partners to influence national policy, develop high quality education and training initiatives and strategies for international recruitment and retention.

For further information please review the full recruitment pack –

If this sounds like the role for you, please contact Donogh O’Brien or Katharine Price for a confidential discussion on 0141 212 7555.

Closing date for applications – Wednesday 18th October 2023

Initial interviews – Thursday 2nd / Friday 3rd November 2023

Psychometric Assessment – w/c 6th November 2023

Final interview – Thursday 16th / Friday 17th November 2023

To apply, please submit your CV, cover letter and values based questions (template available here) as one document via the apply button.