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Vacancy / Dental Foundation Training

Vacancy ID: DFTNRO/20-21/PWY/0169884480/DFT-1-R1A 
Staff group: Dental
Grade (Places): DFT (950)
Post type: Dental Foundation Training
Post commencing from:
September 2020 
Recruitment lead: Dental Foundation National Recruitment Office
Recruiting for: England, Northern Ireland, Wales
Recruitment model:
Nationally Led and Operated 
Opening date: Thursday 15 August 2019 12:00
Closing date: Sunday 22 September 2019 09:00
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Dental Foundation Training 

London and South East Recruitment (HEE London and South East), on behalf of HEE Regions and Deaneries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is coordinating the national process for recruiting trainees into Dental Foundation Training (DFT). 

DFT posts consist of placements in General Dental Practice and, occasionally, the Salaried Dental Services or as part of longitudinal schemes working in both the primary and secondary care environment. Dental foundation training introduces dentists to general dental practice and is a requirement for dental graduates from UK Dental Schools who wish to join a NHS Performers List. Trainees are employed under a standard contract for one year for 35 hours per week. One day per week during term time is designated a study day, usually at a local postgraduate centre. There is a minimum of thirty study days per year that must be attended in order to complete the programme. 

There are over nine hundred and fifty posts available each year, arranged into approximately sixty-four geographical schemes located in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to start in September 2020. Please note that the number of schemes has not yet been finalised and is subject to change. Scotland undertakes a separate recruitment process.

Successful completion of this placement will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Dental Foundation Training. 

Please ensure you read and fully understand the contents of the Dental Foundation Training National Applicant Guide - 2020 and the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be accessed on the recruitment system resource bank before submitting your application. Failure to do so may result in you missing vital information in relation to your application. In submitting an application form, applicants confirm that they have read and understood the application guide. 

You will be unable to change your application once it has been submitted; if you have any questions please ensure you contact the London and South East support portal via https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/home prior to submitting your application.

Before you complete your online application it is imperative that you download and read the following documents in their entirety:

  1. Dental Foundation Training National Applicant Guide – 2020


  2. Dental Foundation Training Person Specification


These documents contain specific and detailed information with regards to the application form process and the person specification. Please read them thoroughly to ensure that you fill out your application form correctly.

Reasonable adjustments and Guaranteed Interview Scheme

For more information regarding reasonable adjustments and guaranteed interview scheme please refer to the Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education (PGMDE) support portal via 


Eligibility Criteria for recruitment to Specialty Training  – Immigration Requirements

Health Education England (HEE) is responsible for the sponsorship of Medical and Dental trainees for their Tier 2 visa application in England.  Health Education West Midlands administers the process on behalf of HEE. For more information please visit their website, as well as the Applicant Handbook which can be found on the Oriel Resource Bank.

Evidence of immigration status should normally consist of a biometric residence card, date stamped passport, and accompanying letter from the Home Office. Please visit their website for more information.

Key dates & information

Posts commence from: September 2020

The first iteration of offers to September 2020 schemes will be sent from 11 June 2020

The expected duration of this programme is one year; however the actual duration may depend on the circumstances of the individual.

Assessment process

Document checking: A list of documents required for interview is available under the downloads on document section of the website.

Length of Assessment: SJT – 105 minutes. Document checking and Face to face assessment – approx.1 hour

The Assessment process will be made up of two parts both of which are mandatory.

You will be required to sit a 105 minute Situational Judgement Test (SJT) at a Pearson Vue Driving Test Centre between 31 October – 8 November 2019.

You will be able to self-book a time and venue within this window, which is convenient to you (subject to availability)

Further information regarding this will be sent on 01 October 2019. 

Please note if you do not attend the SJT you will be unable to progress to the 2nd stage which is a face to face assessment.

The face to face Assessments will be conducted on the following dates:

Belfast: 19 November 2019, La Mon Hotel & Country Club

Bristol: 19 – 20 November 2019, Health Education England, Park House

Birmingham: 19 – 20 November 2019, West Bromwich Albion Football Club

Manchester/Bolton: 19 – 20 November 2019, University of Bolton Stadium

Newcastle: 19 – 20 November 2019, St James’ Park, Newcastle United Football Club

London: 19 – 21 November 2019, London  Events Centre

Notification of assessment centre slots will be sent on 08 October 2019

These slots will be allocated to you dependant on the location of your Dental School.

Preferencing Posts: Preferencing will be made available via Oriel, more information will follow at a later stage.

Contacts / Enquiries

Please visit the PGMDE Support Portal where you will find a series of FAQs, and you will be able to submit an enquiry to the London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Recruitment Team.

If you have made a positive declaration in the FTP section, you must contact London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex recruitment Office via support portal by the close of the application window.  Please refer to the supplementary FTP guide for the information you must include. Failure to provide the outlined information by the close of application may result in your application being withdrawn.


Programmes will be confirmed directly with the candidate by the appropriate HEE local office should applicants be successful at interview.


Indicative number of posts available


Please note that post numbers and post information are subject to change.