Head of Country - Scotland

£40,000 - £49,999
13 Nov 2019
21 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Head of Country - Scotland- General Dental Council

We are looking to appoint a Head of Country - Scotland to take forward the General Dental Council's (GDC's) work in Scotland, supporting our role as a UK-wide regulator, ensuring dental regulation is responsive to members of the public, patients and dental professionals working in Scotland.

Closing date: 22 November 2019

Interview dates: TBC

Salary: £45,841 - £53,930 + benefits (FTE)

Hours: The role is based on 4 days / 28 hours per week (0.8 FTE)

Location: Scotland (home based). This role will require you to travel throughout Scotland to engage with stakeholders and will involve travel to our offices in Birmingham and London.

The role

The Head of Country - Scotland will take forward our work in Scotland. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of the GDC's engagement strategy in Scotland, ensuring our strategic direction and approach to regulation reflects and aligns with Scotland's legislative framework and public policy priorities.

You will be asked to maintain existing relationships and develop new strong collaborative relationships with representatives of the Scottish Government and our strategic partners, including professional associations education bodies, dental professionals, students and members of the public. Working with relevant colleagues, you will be asked to lead our engagement activities in Scotland, ensuring they are aligned to the GDC's Corporate Strategy and support our commitment to a model of right-touch regulation and prevention.

The person

The successful applicant will:
  • Be able to demonstrate a track record of effective delivery in a senior communications, engagement or policy role in government, health or education sectors, at UK or country level.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively across a wide range of senior stakeholders, with differing needs and priorities, while also demonstrating strong influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Be able to provide effective analysis of complex information from multiple sources, demonstrating its relevance to our work.
  • Be able to demonstrate political acumen and have a detailed understanding of political landscapes, legislative processes and relevant public policy priorities.
  • Be able to work remotely and provide evidence of resilience and self-motivation through previous roles or experience.
  • Be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.


We offer an attractive benefits package that includes a generous pension scheme and 25 days annual leave (FTE), plus bank holidays.

About the GDC

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of around 112,000 members of the dental team, which includes dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists.

Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards for the dental team, investigate complaints about dental professionals' fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education.

The Dentists Act 1984 provides us with the legislative framework for our work. It currently gives us powers to:
  • Grant registration only to those dental professionals who meet our requirements on education and training, health and good character. Only individuals who are registered with us can practise dentistry in the UK
  • Set standards for providers of dental education and training in the UK
  • Set standards of conduct, performance and ethics for the dental team
  • Investigate complaints against dental professionals and where appropriate take action through our fitness to practise process
  • Require dental professionals to keep their skills up to date through our continuing professional development requirements.

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