There are a number of posts advertised for posts in the hospital settings, eg clinical assistants, staff grade, hospital practitioner. These are not training posts and only dentists with full registration should apply.
In Primary Care
Dentists working in NHS general dental practice in the UK, who qualified outside the EEA, must have full registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) before working in primary care in NHS general dental practice or private practice in the UK.
In addition, even if you have full registration with the GDC, it is also necessary to have permission from the Home Office to remain and work in the UK. This must be in place before applying for a post.
If you require a work permit then it is the responsibility of the UK employer to apply for the work permit. Dentists who have temporary registration with the GDC cannot work in general practice in the UK and cannot undertake vocational training.
It is necessary to have full registration with the GDC to work in NHS general dental practice. In local areas, the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) hold lists of NHS dentists and determine whether a dentist can be employed and provide dental treatment.
In order that an overseas qualified dentist's name is included on the dental list of the PCT it is necessary to have full registration with the GDC and then either:
- To complete 1 year Vocational Training (VT) or show acquired training equivalence or show exemption from the requirement to complete VT.
- Contact your local postgraduate dental dean for further information on VT. Details for deaneries can be found on the COPDEND website.