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25 October 2014
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Dental Foundation Year 1 Training

Information about Dental Foundation Year 1 Training in general dental practice in the West Midlands may be obtained from The Workforce Deanery Dental Team, NHS West Midlands, St Chad's Court, 213 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9RG. Tel: 0121 695 2589.


Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean (DF1) & Russells Hall Programme Director Dr A Corke, BDS, MFGDP(UK), MGDS, FFGDP   


Course Organisers

Programme Director DF1 Dr S Shamsi, BDS, MFGDP(UK), LDSRCS, PGCTLCP. Pg Dip Med. Law & Ethics

Programme Director DF1 Dr P Thornley, BDS, MFGDP, MGDS, FFGDP, FDS


Programme Director DF1 Dr S Clements, MBE, BChD, MFGDP(UK)

Programme Director DF1 Dr R Richardson



Programme Director DF1 Dr C Nelson BDS



Programme Director DF1  Dr K Shoker, BDS, MFDSRCPS, DipConSend, MPhil


Dental Foundation Training Schemes

Seven schemes are at present in operation. Six schemes commence in August of each year. The Russells Hall scheme commences in February of each year. The trainees attend a series of study days at one of the following centres:

Courses commencing in August of each year:

City Hospital. The Course Organiser is Dr S Clements. Postgraduate Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH. Angela Ainslow (Secretary) :Tel: 0121 507 4488

University Hospital Coventry. The Course Organiser is Dr P Thornley Postgraduate Centre, Clinical Sciences Building, Walsgrave Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX Angela Malin (Secretary) Tel: 02476 968792

Stafford District General Hospital. The Course Organiser is Dr S Shamsi. Mid-Staffordshire Postgraduate Medical Centre, Staffordshire General Hospital, Weston Road, Stafford ST16 3SA. Barbara Alston (Secretary) : Tel: 01785 230637

Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The Course Organiser is Dr R Richardson The Charles Hastings Education Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester WR5 1DD. Carol Thompson (Secretary) : Tel: 01905 760604.

Princess Royal Hospital Telford. The Course Organiser is Dr C Nelson, Telford Postgraduate Medical Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Castle, Telford. TF1 6TF. Ann Taylor (Education Centre Administrator) : Tel 01952 641222.

Solihull Hospital. The Course Organiser is Dr K Shoker, Solihull Education Centre, Solihull Hospital, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JL.  Wendy Perry (Administrator): Tel: 0121 695 2587

Course commencing in February of each year:

Russells Hall Hospital. The Course Organiser is Dr A Corke The Education Centre, Russells Hall Hospital, High Street, Pensnett, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 2HQ. Tel: 01384 321095 (Barbara White, Administrator), or via the Worforce Deanery – Wendy Perry ( Administrator): Tel: 0121 695 2587

Dental Foundation Training in the Salaried Primary Dental Care Service

The Salaried Primary Dental Care Services (SPDCS) within the West Midlands advertise for Dental Foundation Year 1 Trainess (DF1) when posts are approved and vacancies occur. DF1s are attached to a senior clinician in the SPDCS and will undertake clinical work in one or more community clinics as well as other settings in the community, such as schools or residential homes. The DF1 will also attend the General Dental Practice study day scheme alongside their colleagues in general practice. In addition they will participate in training and clinical attachments within their Trust and possibly within other SPDCSs in the region.

DF1 Trainer Applications August 2012 - Timeline

Dental Foundation Training March 2015

Trainer Recruitment Timeline


Applications Open

29th September 2014

Applications Close

31st October 2014

Interviews – West Bromwich Albion Football Club

10th December 2014


The Russells Hall ‘Practice Selection day’ will be at the end of January 2015 - date TBC.

Each Foundation Dentist will have approximately 10 minutes with each practice in their allocated scheme.

On completion of this, they will rank the practices 1 – 12 with 1 being their most preferred & 12 be their least preferred. Depending on how you performed at interview, the Score you recieved will then determine the practice you are allocated to. The applicant with the highest ranking will have the first choice of practices.

There will be the opportunity to visit the practices in your allocated scheme in the week prior to the Practice Selection day, arrangements for this are between you & the practice.

Please download the application form here

If you have any further queries relating to the Practice Selection day, please contact Lee Baglin via email or phone

0121 695 2589



DF1 Trainee Recruitment Disclaimer

In the interest of continual service improvement, the West Midlands Deanery may wish to forward the outcomes of this interview process to external bodies for statistical analysis. All information released would remain anonymous in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the West Midlands Deanery Privacy Statement. If however you do not wish your outcome to form part of this analysis please contact the recruitment team by e mail at