Medical and medical support Dental Officer

As an RAF Medical Officer, you will deliver provide a complete range of dental care treatments to all RAF personnel.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £26,500+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £53,800 + Benefits

DAY RATE STARTS AT: Depends on rank, role and experience

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 21 - 53
  • Be qualified to practise dentistry and be fully registered with the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom.
  • Have GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/Grade 4-5 or equivalent Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at a minimum of Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics in English Language and Mathematics
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.
  • Commit to initial 6 or 12 years service
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Travelling the world
  • Aircraft

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Be qualified to practise dentistry and be fully registered with the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom.
  • Be a UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year for 12 years minimum
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Analysis and maths

Locations

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim
612 Sqn Leuchars Station
4626 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct dental screenings and regular checks
  • Carry out advanced clinical solutions for complicated dental problems
  • Provide a range of simple treatments like fillings and cleanings

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 in a practice or under canvas, you will have all the facilities, equipment and support that you need.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

You will begin your RAF career on the Specialist Entrant and Re-entrant (SERE) course at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.  You will follow a 13-week course specially designed for professionally qualified entrants to the RAF. 

SPECIALIST TRAINING

Experienced dentists go straight to their first posting after the SERE course.  But, if you join the RAF as a newly qualified dentist, you will follow a 12-month, nationally-recognized Dental Foundation Training Programme, working with a highly-experienced, fully-accredited trainer.  Within this tri-service programme there are regular block-release modules which are normally held in the Aldershot area - either at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre, Keogh Barracks or Dental Centre, Aldershot.

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FOUNDATION TOUR

For your first tour, you will be posted to a multi-chair practice to work with an experienced dentist.  You will be fully trained and supported to practice dentistry to the highest standards.  Comprehensive clinical governance, including quality assurance and practice audit, are built into RAF working practices – and once you are experienced you will have clinical freedom to give your patients the best possible care, whilst maximising RAF resources.

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

All our Dental Officers undertake at least 10 sessions of postgraduate education each year and you will be encouraged to study for the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties qualification. As your career develops; you will also be able to work towards further postgraduate qualifications, e.g. Masters Degrees, and qualify as enhanced general practitioners in disciplines such as periodontology and advanced conservation. Professional training pathways leading to consultant status are also funded by the Ministry of Defence to meet our clinical requirements.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You will join the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant on an Initial Commission of 6 years and you will be eligible to be considered for promotion to Squadron Leader after 4 years accredited service (time spent in civilian practice may count towards seniority). If everything goes well, and you would like to extend, you can apply for selection for a pension earning commission of 20 years’ service or age 40, whichever is the latter, during this time. Further promotion, to the rank of Wing Commander and beyond, is by competitive selection and you may apply for your commission to be extended until the age of 60.

TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course will introduce you to the RAF lifestyle and include fitness development and military training.

RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING

After the residential course, recruits go on to Reserve Officer Initial Training during their second year. This combines distance learning with residential weekends at the prestigious RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. It also includes a two-week residential phase at Cranwell where Reserves mix with Regular Officers on their initial training. During this period you will gain the skills and knowledge to command and lead in military roles and beyond.  

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 21 and 53 years old

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 21 and 54 years old. (Must attest before 55th birthday - Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5

Be qualified to practice dentistry and be fully registered with the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Be qualified to practice dentistry and be fully registered with the General Dental Council of the United Kingdom.

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years may be considered.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run (Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12.00 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26
45-49 12.54 7.07 16 23
50-54 13.27 7.01 15 20
FEMALES
Age Limits 2.4 Km Run(Minutes) Multi-Stage Fitness Test (Level) Press-ups (Number) Sit-ups (Number)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23
45-49 15.19 5.04 6 20
50-54 15.53 4.09 5 17

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

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GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

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