Dental Foundation Training

Dental Foundation Training is a period of training following qualification that builds on the achievements of the dental undergraduate curriculum and which aims to produce ‘a caring, competent, reflective practitioner who is able to develop their career in any branch of dentistry to the benefit of patients’ (A Curriculum for UK Dental Foundation Programme Training) and also to enable the practitioner to demonstrate a level of competence appropriate for independent practice.  Foundation Training in General Dental Practice is mandatory in the UK for all dental graduates from UK schools who wish to practice in the National Health Service (NHS) under their own contract number. All  DF trainees attend a day release study programme of 30  days over the training year and maintain an E-Portfolio which is used as an educational aid throughout the training period.  A Training Programme Director (Dental Adviser) is allocated to each training scheme.

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