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009 Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust
Senior House Officer
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Mr M F Patel
Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
About the Trust
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust from 1 June
2006. It was the first Foundation Trust in the South Central Strategic Health Authority which
covers Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It is one of
Reading's biggest employers and one of the largest general hospital trusts in the country.
The Trust provides acute medical and surgical services to Reading, Wokingham and West
Berkshire and specialist services to a wider population.
The Trust manages the Day Surgery Unit and the Acute Out-patients department of the
West Berkshire Community Hospital.
The work of the Department:
Provision of a comprehensive diagnostic and advisory service covering all aspects of oral
and maxillofacial surgery, with patients referred by General Dental and Medical Practitioners
and hospital colleagues.
Carrying out general Oral & Maxillofacial surgical procedures requiring the skills of a
Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and/or hospital facilities.
Carrying out treatment for patients whose general health, handicaps or complex problems
may necessitate hospital techniques and working conditions.
Treating maxillofacial emergencies including major trauma in co-operation with the Accident
& Emergency Department.
Diagnosis of head and neck cancer.
Diagnosis and work up of Orthognothic cases with the support of the Orthodontic
Job Summary
To carry out clinical work on outpatients, day stay patients, and emergency patients as
delegated by the Consultants of the Department.
Casual patients seeking routine emergency dental treatment are not accepted by the
Hospital, but only those with acute traumatic injuries, severe spreading infections and cases
of post operative haemorrhage.
Opportunities for research are available although time is limited.
commitment on weekdays during the daytime only.
There is an on-call
Administrative duties although not extensive include the organisation of operating lists, and
admissions and the maintenance of patient records. Representation of management
problems is through the Junior Staff Committee Member.
The Department is part of Specialist Surgery including ENT, Audiology, Orthodontics,
Ophthalmology and Orthoptics. Medical pre-admission clerking of routine in and day
patients is usually undertaken by specially trained nurses, but complex medical cases
require clinician clerking for the routine operating lists per week. All emergencies are seen
by SHOs and transfer arranged if appropriate to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, or if
necessary admitted under the care of the appropriate Consultant.
Outpatient and minor oral surgery clinics are undertaken at West Berkshire Community
Hospital and attendance by the SHO will be required. Approximately two operating lists
(essentially day cases) are also held per week at WBCH and this may increase in future as
Staffing Structure of the Department
1 full-time Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
1 part time Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
1 full time Consultant Orthodontist
1 part time Consultant Orthodontist
1 Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics (FTSTA) (1 day per week)
1 Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics (3 days per week)
3 full time Senior House Officers
4 Staff Grades (5 sessions & 4 sessions, 2 full-time)
1 full time Maxillofacial/Orthodontic Technician
1 Departmental Sister
1 Staff Nurse
3 DSA’s
1 Hygienist
2 Secretaries
1 Waiting List Officer
2 Receptionists
Conditions of Appointment
Applicants must have been qualified for at least a year and undertaken House Officer or
equivalent posts during this period, and must be fully registered with General Dental Council.
Main Conditions of Service
This post is full time for six months. The basic hours are 40 per week, and there is no out of
hours on-call commitment.
If you wish to participate in the NHS superannuation scheme, contributions are up to the rate
of 6.5% of gross salary. Annual leave is at a rate of five weeks per leave year.
Accommodation is subject to rental and availability.
All of the terms and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Medical and Dental
and General Whitley Councils (Great Britain) as amended from time to time.
Training & Post Graduate Education
The post is recognised by the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons for
Post Graduate training. There is a monthly regional study day for junior staff in the specialty,
held in the Post Graduate Centre in Oxford and designated teaching seminars on
Wednesdays & Fridays, otherwise study leave may be granted on application. Excellent
library facilities are available in the Trust Education Centre.
Post Graduate experience and study in related departments can be organised for the
particular needs of the Officer in post. In service teaching and training is also adaptable to
the past experience and needs of the trainee.
Other Facilities
The Trust Education Centre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has squash court facilities.
Staff are also afforded the facilities of the Doctor’s Mess located on the ground floor of South
Wing. £10.00 is deducted automatically from monthly salary to the Mess Fund unless you
sign an opt out form which is obtainable from Medical Staffing. To find out exactly what the
£10.00 pays for the Mess President can be contacted via switchboard.
Most ordinary shopping facilities are within easy walking distance of the hospital, with a good
bus service into the main shopping centre of Reading, which is approximately one mile
away. London is readily accessible by train in 35 minutes.
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