Dental Recruitment


Dental Foundation Training 2017-18
Please note that recruitment for Dental Foundation Training 2017-2018 has now closed.

Dental Core Training Recruitment 2017
Recruitment to Dental Core training (DCT) posts in the UK from 2017 onwards will be through a national selection process led by Health Education England’s West Midlands local office (DCT posts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be included). The revised recruitment and selection processes will ensure standardisation in selection and values based recruitment in line with other national training programmes.

Applicants can apply to either vacancy types DCT1 or DCT2/3. The level of DCT post will depend on how many years of DCT training an applicant has previously undertaken.

Applications and offers will be made through the national recruitment system Oriel. This system enables the national coordination of the application and offer processes and will allow applicants to accept only one post. Please see the national recruitment timeline below applications will need to be made via

Longlisted applicants will be invited to attend one of the five national selection centres held from 28th March to 31st March 2017. Applicants will be able to select which centre to attend. Applicants will be asked to preference all the posts in which they are interested. By preferencing more posts applicants will have a better chance of securing a post. If applicants choose only a limited number of preferences it could be that they are unsuccessful in securing any post if they do not score highly at the selection centre for the posts they have preferenced. Offers will be made in rank order by performance at the selection centre. Once offers have been made the system will also allow upgrades so that you can accept a higher preference post if that becomes available. This system of upgrades will continue until the end of July 2017.

Further information will be contained in the applicant guide and persons specifications for each vacancy. This information will be available when the posts are advertised on the COPDEND website

Key dates
Applications open (10am) Monday 16 January 2017
Applications close (4pm) Tuesday 7 February 2017
Interview invitations sent out by Monday 6 March 2017
Deadline for Interview Booking (4pm) Friday 10 March 2017
Selection centres Tuesday 28 March to Friday 31 March 2017
Post Preferencing reopens Monday 13 March 2017
Post Preferencing closes Friday 31 March 2017
Offers released no later than Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Hold Deadline (1pm) Wednesday 10 May 2017
Upgrade Deadline (4pm) Monday 31 July 2017
Posts commence Wednesday 6 September 2017

Dental Core Training in Northern Ireland

There are 22 Dental Core Training (DCT) posts available in Northern Ireland, at DCT1 & DCT2 level.The posts cover specialties such as OMFS, Oral Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry.DCT posts are based in Altnagelvin Area Hospital, School of Dentistry/RVH, and the Ulster Hospital Dundonald.  To progress to Dental Core Training it is essential that:-

  • You have satisfactory completion of Dental Foundation Training (DFT), before the DCT start date
  • You meet the Pre-employment checks set by the Lead Employer

For further information, please contact Marbeth Erskine at

Oral Surgery - Specialty Recruitment
We are currently recruiting for ST1 Oral Surgery – applications can be made via Oriel.

The Recruitment for Dental Educational Supervisors (Trainers) is now closed for 2017/18.