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Dental Training posts in the UK

Over the last few years there have been several changes to the names of training posts in the UK.  Some names have become obsolete and some have continued in use.


Name Description
House Office, HO Obsolete term.  Used to be the most junior post in an NHS hospital.
Senior House Office, SHO Term going out of use.  May be used in some OMFS units.  These posts are not suitable for newly graduated dentists. These posts may occasionally be advertised, but check to confirm the postgraduate dental dean recognises.
Vocational Trainee, VT Obsolete term used to be the first year trainee post in NHS general dental practice, after graduating from dental school.
Dental Foundation Year 1, (DF1) Obsolete term, used after the term VT became obsolete.
Dental Foundation Year 2, (DF2) Obsolete term, Used to describe the second year of training after DF1 or VT.  Often based in hospitals.
Foundation Training (FT) Term used to describe the trainee post in NHS general dental practice, after graduating from dental school.  There is national recruitment for these posts.
Dental Core Trainee Year 1, DC1 Dentists who have previously completed a minimum of one year Foundation Training.  These posts often cover more than one specialty
Dental Core Trainee Year 2,DC2 Dentists who have completed a DC1 post and are interested in possibly pursuing further training.
Dental Core Trainee Year 3,DC3 Core training posts can be for a third year.  Should have completed Foundation Training and two further years of training.  These posts offer training in a specific field of dentistry.  They are not specialist training posts.
Senior Registrar Obsolete term.
Registrar Specialty training posts, recognised by the postgraduate deanery for specialty training.  Usually three years full time training.  Some specialties have national recruitment.
ITF, Tier 5, MTI See NACPDE website

Specialty training in the UK
The posts are advertised nationally and application must be via the Oriel website. The person specifications for the specialties of: oral surgery, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry and special care dentistry are given below. These person specifications outline the training experiences which are required for the posts.

Speciality Training Round 1 (September 2018 start) England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Advert appears
Tuesday 16 January 2018
Applications open
Tuesday 23 January 2018
Advert and applications close
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Interview window
Monday 26 March to Friday 18 May 2018
Initial offers released by
Thursday 7 June 2018
Hold deadline
Thursday 14 June 2018
Upgrade deadline
Thursday 21 2018
Paperwork deadline
Friday 29 June 2018

Please click on the applicable Person Specification for more details

2018 Oral Surgery ST1 Person Specification
2018 Orthodontics ST1 Person Specification
2018 Paediatric Dentistry ST1 Person Specification
2018 Restorative Dentistry ST1 Person Specification
2018 Special Care Dentistry ST1 Person Specification

All applications must be made via
Oriel -

Dental Specialty Training Round 2 (from February 2019 onwards start) England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics ST4 only

Advert and applications open
Wednesday 15 August 2018
Advert and applications close
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Interview window
Wednesday 10 October to Friday 2018
Initial offers released from
Monday 12 November 2018
Hold deadline Monday 19 November 2018
Upgrade deadline
Monday 26 November 2018
Paperwork deadline Monday 3 December 2018

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