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Many thanks for the question. No DCT1 post in the UK has specialty elements, as these are incorporated into DCT2. There are some DCT3 posts which has pure specialty training, while DCT2 has it shared with either OMFS or Community/Special Care. DCT1 is a generic training programme, designed to give you some basic competencies around managing medically compromised patients, multiple co-morbidity, history taking, an exposure to some oral surgery (variable) and an appreciation of contemporary maxillofacial surgery. Some applicants become confused and think it's an oral surgery post, which in itself is a specialty and therefore won't be available at DCT1 level (although it is at DCT2/3 in some posts). My advice when preferencing posts is: a. Look careful at the individual post descriptions and determine if the training mix suits your expectations b. Try to consider posts for its training capacity as well as it suiting geographic / social needs c. Try to consider living close to the training unit, as that will open up many more training opportunities, which can be lost if commuting long distances to work d. Speak to the DCTs in the posts you would like to preference. Ask them direct questions as they will answer truthfully! e. If you really want some specific hands-on training by the end of that year then look carefully at the smaller hospitals, especially those away from major cities. The training opportunities tend to be far greater in smaller units. However they tend to be overlooked in preference to the larger cities, which is unfair as they are good training environments if given a chance. Good luck with the application. Andrew
That's correct. The selection process is assessing various skills that will have been acquired during Foundation training ie; problem solving, communication and understanding management, all of which are essential core skills for professionals. However the actual clinical knowledge required is less important than how the candidate interacts with the panel. While it is expected that candidates have a working knowledge of clinical procedures, this isn't being specifically tested. However it is common that candidates share questions, which can be disconcerting as they also share their perceived answers, which are not always correct! We would recommend that candidates do not reproduce other candidates answers as this could be to your disadvantage.
Thanks for asking this question. Currently we do not release the questions in advance of the selection centre.
Please look at the national recruitment lead website for full details:
HEE supports trainees who have circumstances that would require Less Than Full Time adjustments. There are specific requirements for qualifying for LTFT and information is available on individual HEE Dental School websites.
Thanks for this question. All the posts will be held on the individual HEE local office recruitment websites. The links are on the COPDEND website or using this direct link:
HEE supports trainees who have circumstances that would require Less Than Full Time adjustments. There are specific requirements for qualifying for LTFT and information is available on individual HEE Dental School websites.
Only is the post has a community component. However we recommend that everyone with an NPL informs their local area team and inform them that you are undertaking training in a hospital and that you wish to retain your number. Otherwise you don't specifically require an NPL.
Thanks for asking this question, which is actually asked on a frequent basis. All training posts start in the first week of September and successful applicants will be invited to a regional induction event. This is very important as all the information required about training, study leave, annual leave and programmes will be covered over a comprehensive two-day event. In addition, we also provide an emergency trauma skills course, which will support you in the initial days of the programme. The Trust will also run a local induction, which is also mandatory, so we recommend avoiding taking leave in the last week of August / first week of September..
Full details of the selection process and how to handle the different stations will be sent in advance of the recruitment centre. However I would recommend looking at this document:
Many thanks for this sensible and timely question. There is a national pilot looking at flexible working in medicine training and we are waiting for the conclusions of that study. Currently we don't have a mechanism for flexible or part-time working in DCT, mainly because the posts are very busy. Most posts are 48h a week without on-call and 56h with on-call, so considerably more intensive than Foundation training. As such we don't encourage weekend practice jobs, mainly because the DCT posts are intensive, people study for examinations, you will be expected to work on audits / quality improvement projects plus have weekend rotas. As the working hours are carefully monitored to ensure you achieve adequate rest periods, there is no set working week. This would make it very difficult to plan patients at weekends. A degree of team flexibility is expected as illness is a common problem but the service must be covered, so trainees have to be prepared to cover weekend shifts at short notice - again, not conducive for planning practice sessions. There is no real evidence that a year out of primary care practice reduces skill sets, although everyone is different. One option that you may wish to consider is delaying applying for DCT until you have achieved everything you wish from practice. It is not essential to enter DCT immediately after Foundation training, as it is open to anyone to apply (subject to the person specification). I hope that helps in making your decision?
Academic DCT posts have a larger component of study time that you can use to research the literature in an area that you are interested in. You will be guided by your trainer although you may come across a researcher at an institution that you may wish to interact with. You still have a clinical component to the job and this has a degree of flexibility. Usually a job plan for your academic DCT training is drawn up and has a focus on researching around your interests and planning your next steps in the academic pathway
Thank you for your question but can I clarify if this relates to the medical academic foundation programme? This chat is intended to support dental trainees and currently we only offer academic training posts at Core and Specialty level. You may need to contact a different postgraduate school to have this answered fully. Good luck.
Fees for masters programmes vary considerably across the UK providers - for home and overseas applicants. There is no specific "orthodontic MSc" as the masters programmes undertaken by trainees in the specialty vary from region to region. For details on where you might stand with a particular programme, you would need to contact the Universities directly. Many have this type of information available on their websites.
Training is three years to CCST (specialist) and a further two years to Consultant level. Training programmes are in place across the UK and all include clinical training along with academic programme. Most trainees will do a masters degree alongside their clinical training. Progress is monitored through training against the expectations of the SAC defined curriculum and is reviewed at least annually by the local HEE office at ARCP panel meetings. Entry is highly competitive, and the person spec and entry requirements are available on the COPDEND website, along with the timeline for national recruitment. Another good resource is the ISCP website which has the curriculum for the specialty available to see. Most trainees will enter specialty training in orthodontics after Dental Core Training, this is not the only way and it is possible to move into specialty training from a number of routes, as long as the applicant can evidence that they meet the person specification. A good place to start is to look at the PS and compare your own CV and experience against it.
Thank you for this question. The short answer is yes. You don't mention if you took up a DCT post, but assuming you left training immediately after DFT and you have a certificate of satisfactory completion of DFT then you are eligible to apply for DCT. However, there is detailed guidance on the DCTNRO and COPDEND websites that would be worth reviewing. In short, you can apply to join a specific training year as long as you haven't undertaken 6 months or more in that year on a previous occasion. If you had started DCT training then it would be expected that you had completed that year with a standard outcome at ARCP, which you would be expected to evidence at the Selection Centre. Of course, you will need to present a portfolio if applying for DCT2 or DCT3 training. If applying for DCT1 you will not need a portfolio but you will be expected to answer the scenarios at the level of a DFT. The selection process is broad but not specialty specific, however it will be exploring your generic clinical knowledge and skills in some depth.

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