Dental Foundation Training in Health Education England London & South East

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Dental Foundation Training 2018


The application window for Dental Foundation Training opens at 12.00 noon (UK local time) on 21 August, 2017 and the window will close at 12.00 noon (UK local time) on 18 September, 2017.


Applications are invited for appointment to dental schemes nationally. 


Application process


Application forms are available on the national recruitment portal, Oriel  


Please note that the vacancies advertised may be subject to change prior to interview.




Before applying please ensure you read the Dental Foundation Training - National Applicant Guide 2018 and the Person Specification to assess your suitability. There are also guides available in the resource bank of the national recruitment portal to assist you with completing your application.


To be considered for longlisting you must complete the relevant online application form. No other documentation will be accepted at the application stage.


Late applications will not be considered.

Dental Foundation Training in Health Education England London & South East

Dentists or dental undergraduates who are about to qualify can apply via the national recruitment process to undertake Dental Foundation Training. Via this process, successful applicants are appointed to a Dental Foundation Training scheme. General information on the national recruitment process can be found at

Each training practice is assigned to a scheme based at a postgraduate centre where most of the study days take place (thirty throughout the year) There are currently five in the HEE L&SE area. These are:

HEE L&SE Central, based at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury.

HEE L&SE Coastal, based at Eastbourne District General Hospital

HEE L&SE East, based at Kent & Canterbury Hospital

HEE L&SE South, based at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath

HEE L&SE West, based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

Each scheme is led by a Training Programme Director.

Each scheme runs a local appointment event in March or April so that Foundation Dentists (FDs) can be appointed to their chosen practices.  At this event, FDs and Trainers meet and discuss geography and travel, workload, details of the practices, including patient base etc., and FDs are then given the choice of which practice they wish to go to, with priority being based on scoring position in the National Recruitment Process.

FDs are salaried both for their practice attendance and the study days and you should consider both as being part of your employment.  FDs must have thirty study days signed off by their Training Programme Director to complete dental foundation training and get full inclusion on the dental performer list at the end of the academic year. The most up to date version of the study day programme can be found on the HEE L&SE Dental website.

During the year we usually have three residential programmes. In September, this is for all of the HEE L&SE FDs and trainers. (1 night)  The second is usually in January for the HEE L

&SE FDs only (1 night). All costs are covered but FDs will (usually) have to room share. For some days FDs may have to pay meal and travel costs in advance and then claim them back. We will also attend the BDA national conference.

FDs should not expect the study days to mirror undergraduate teaching. They are less about new knowledge and more about examining what is known and applying it in the practice environment, especially in NHS practice. Dental Foundation Training is an NHS funded programme. During the year FDs will be expected to make mini presentations and enter into discussions and debates.

HEE L&SE has a number of core training posts for which all FDs from the UK are eligible from the following September.  The majority of those in HEE L&SE are based in maxilla-facial departments of District General Hospitals but there are some with restorative, DPH or salaried dental service (community dental) components.  For DCT posts, the selection procedure is via national recruitment.

The Portfolio.  This is the main record of your training year.  It contains a summary of clinical experience, a series of reflective entries, records of protected teaching times and assessments, both self and Educational Supervisor led, that take place throughout the year.  It is a web based portfolio and can be accessed from any computer anywhere in the world as no files are held on local machines.

We think, for these reasons, that HEE L&SE is a good choice for Dental Foundation Training. The year is hard work but it is also fun and worthwhile. We believe FDs will be well prepared to continue their careers in whatever area of dentistry they choose.



Huw Winstone

Associate Dean

Dental Foundation Training (Year 1)