Being an RAF Dental Officer means looking after the RAF personnel’s dental health, from routine check-ups to emergency appointments throughout the day; as well as managing the staff in the practice.
All RAF personnel are entitled to receive dental care to ensure that they are fit for military service. At the core of this care programme is a preventative philosophy that gives high priority to dental screening and regular checks. RAF dentists carry out a full range of treatment in an environment, which encourages and values high-quality care. Older patients, for example, may present with complicated dental problems, requiring advanced clinical solutions. Younger personnel, on the other hand, may present with problems such as impacted third molars.
Like all RAF service personnel, you are required to be flexible as to where you work. You will be expected to move location every few years, the average tour length being 3 years. It is likely that you would be based in a Dental Centre on an RAF base within the UK, supported by both uniformed and civilian staff. Depending on the size of your patient base, you may be the only dentist or you may work in a multi-chair practice with other clinicians. During your service career, there is the possibility to be assigned overseas. This could mean working on one of our overseas bases, carrying out routine dentistry for service personnel and their families, or providing primary dental care in the field of operations.
Whether you are working either as a Regular or Reserve Dental Officer you will deliver a high standard of care sometimes in demanding conditions, including the extra challenge of working in a field hospital or a deployed medical treatment facility.