Specialty Training

There are 13 Specialist Lists in Dentistry maintained by the General Dental Council.  In Northern Ireland we are currently delivering training in some of these disciplines that are essentially delivered by Consultants through the Hospital Dental Service bases:

Dental Public Health

This is concerned with the full range of dental public health practice including the key areas:

  1. Oral health surveillance
  2. Assessing the evidence on oral health and dental interventions, programmes and services
  3. Policy and strategy development and implementation
  4. Strategic leadership and collaborative working for health
  5. Oral health improvement
  6. Health and public protection
  7. Developing and monitoring quality dental services
  8. Dental Public Health intelligence
  9. Academic Dental Public Health
  10. Appropriate decision-making and judgement
  11. Appropriate attitudes, ethical understanding and legal responsibilities
  12. Role within the Health Service
  13. Personal Development


Oral Surgery

This is concerned with the treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathology of the jaw and mouth that require surgical intervention. This includes the specialty previously called Surgical Dentistry. There is a three year training programme leading to the award of the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training.

Name and Position
Jamie Toole Training Programme Director


This is the development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, occlusion and jaw relationships. There is a three year training programme leading to the award of the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) but there is also a post-CCST programme that trainees may apply for in open competition leading to Consultant level training.

Name and Position
Ciara Campbell Training Programme Director

Restorative Dentistry

This deals with the restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function.  It deals with all aspects of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics which can be defined as follows:

  • Endodontics: This is concerned with the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.
  • Periodontics: The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders (infections and inflammatory) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.
  • Prosthodontics: The replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants.
Name and Position
 Mark Lappin Training Programme Director

The Dental Gold Guide 2021 – COPDEND sets out the arrangements agreed by the four UK Health Departments to manage Post Graduate Dental Specialty Training in the UK.