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Dental Core Training 2017


Recruitment to Dental Core training (DCT) posts in the UK from 2017 onwards will be through a national selection process led by Health Education England’s West Midlands local office (DCT posts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be included). The revised recruitment and selection processes will ensure standardisation in selection and values based recruitment in line with other national training programmes.

Applicants can apply to three vacancy types DCT1 DCT2 or DCT3. The level of DCT post will depend on how many years of DCT training an applicant has previously undertaken. DCT 2/3 posts in Wales will continue to be recruited through local arrangements in 2017.

Applications and offers will be made through the national recruitment system Oriel. This system enables the national coordination of the application and offer processes and will allow applicants to accept only one post. Please see the national recruitment timeline below applications will need to be made via

Longlisted applicants will be invited to attend one of the five national selection centres held from 28th March to 31st March 2017. Applicants will be able to select which centre to attend. Applicants will be asked to preference all the posts in which they are interested. By preferencing more posts applicants will have a better chance of securing a post. If applicants choose only a limited  number of preferences it could be that they are unsuccessful in securing any post if they do not score highly at the selection centre for the posts they have preferenced.  Offers will be made in rank order by performance at the selection centre. Once offers have been made the system will also allow upgrades so that you can accept a higher preference post if that becomes available. This system of upgrades will continue until the end of July 2017.

Further information will be contained in the applicant guide and persons specifications for each vacancy. This information will be available when the posts are advertised can be found by clicking  National DCT recruitment key Documents

Key dates

Applications open (10am)

Monday 16th January 2017

Applications close (4pm)

Tuesday 7th February 2017

Interview invitations sent out by

Monday 6th March 2017

Deadline for Interview Booking (4pm)

Friday 10th March 2017

Selection centres

Tuesday 28th March to Friday 31st March 2017

Post Preferencing reopens

Monday 13th March 2017

Post Preferencing closes

Friday 31st March 2017

Offers released no later than

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Hold Deadline (1pm)

Wednesday 10th May 2017

Upgrade Deadline (4pm)

Monday 31st July 2017

Posts commence

Wednesday 6th September 2017


Briefing date: 21/12/2016



New Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry

Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, St Chad’s Queensway has now moved to its new location.

The address for the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry is:

Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry

5 Mill Pool Way


B5 7SA

BDH Website

A map and directions are available on Maxcourse via

Onsite parking for visitors is managed via an Automatic Vehicle Registration Number System. Visitors must park and pay at the end of their visit at one of the pay stations located in the entrance foyer next to the car park. Please note that from 17:00 pm car parking for visitors is free.

For any queries regarding postgraduate courses for the dental team at the new dental hospital and School of Dentistry please contact either of the below or 0121 695 2588

DFT/PLVE Educational Supervisor Recruitment March 2018

Dental Foundation Training (DFT/PLVE) – Recruitment Process for Educational Supervisors - March 2018  



March 2018

Educational Supervisor (ES)  Recruitment Timeline


Applications Open

9am, Monday 11th September 2017

Applications Close

5pm, Friday 22nd September 2017

DFT ES Interviews take place

29th November 2017

Training Practice Inspections

September to November 2017

Practice Selection Day

Russell's Hall, Friday 26th January 2018

ES Prep Course

Friday 26th January 2018



Trainer Handbook

Guidance notes on completion of Trainer Application - PLEASE READ

Application Form 


 0121 695 2589



DCT Development Programme

Health Education West Midlands is leading this programme of work. For further information click here

Dental Therapy Key Dates 2017


Dental Foundation Therapy Key dates


Trainer/Therapists Applications Open

1st March 2017

Trainer/Therapist Applications Close

28th April 2017

Practice Visits

April 2017

Trainer Interviews/Appointments

May 2017

List of Training Practices & Therapists released

6th June 2017

Trainer/Therapists pairings take place

July 2017

List of Trainer/Therapists finalised

1st August 2017

Training programme commences

1st September 2017


If you have any further queries relating to the recruitment process, please contact Wendy Perry via email or phone

Person Specification

Handbook & Application Form

0121 695 2587