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Dental Training posts in the UK

Name Description

Dental Foundation Trainee (DFT)

A term used to describe the trainee post in NHS general dental practice after graduating from dental school. These posts are subject to national recruitment.
Dental Core Trainee Year 1 (DCT1) Dentists who have previously completed a minimum of one year of Foundation Training. These posts expose trainees to more than one specialty.
Dental Core Trainee Year 2 (DCT2) Dentists who have completed a DCT1 post and are interested in pursuing further training.

Dental Core Trainee Year 3 (DCT3)

Core training posts can be for a third year. These posts offer training in a specific field of dentistry. They are not specialist training posts. However, they enable further exposure to a particular specialty.
Specialist Registrar (SpR)
Speciality training posts are recognised by the postgraduate deanery for dental specialty training.  Usually, three years of full-time training. These posts are subject to national recruitment.
ITF, Tier 5, MTI These are terms used to describe posts arranged under the Dental Training Initiative. See NACPDE website.

Postgraduate Dental Training Posts in the UK
Posts are advertised nationally, and applications must be via the Oriel website.


Dental Foundation Training

Dental Core Training

Dental Specialty Training

You can also find recruitment timelines, eligibility criteria, and person specifications regarding the different specialties here.

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