This page describes the Agenda for Change system of pay in the NHS, and provides details of the different pay bands for a selection of careers in the dental team.
Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. This pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and the most senior managers. Information about pay for dentists can be found here.
In AfC the NHS job evaluation system determines a points score which is used to match jobs to one of the nine pay bands and determine levels of basic salary.
Each of the nine pay band has a number of pay points. Staff will normally progress to the next pay point annually until they reach the top of the pay band. In addition to basic pay, there is also extra pay for staff who work in high cost areas such as around London.
Your career in the dental care could start at an Agenda for Change band 2 as a clinical support worker (dentistry) rising to dental technician advanced at a Band 7, with higher bandings for managerial level posts. Examples of other roles, with typical Agenda for Change pay bands, include: dental nurse entry level at band 3, rising to band 5 for a dental nurse specialist and oral health practitioner or dental technician at band 5.
The following information gives an indication of which Agenda for Change pay bands certain job titles fit into and is based on the nationally produced job profiles. It can be used as a guide to the levels of pay, but please note that some job vacancies advertised in the NHS may carry very slightly different job titles to those provided here.
For actual pay rates, please click here
|Clinical Support Worker (Dentistry)|
|Dental Nurse Entry Level|
|Dental Nurse Team Leader|
|Dental Nurse Specialist|
|Oral Health Practitioner|
|Dental Technician Specialist|
|Dental Nurse Team Manager|
|Dental Nurse Tutor|
|Oral Health Practitioner Specialist|
|Oral Health Practitioner Advanced|
|Dental Technician Advanced|
|Dental Laboratory Manager|