Dental Core Training (DCT) is the new name for what used to be SHO and then DF2! In essence it is a second year of training post foundation that is designed to equip recently qualified dentists with the additional skills to tackle more complex cases particularly those that require some Minor Oral Surgery. Dental Core Training is part of the HEKSS School of Intermediate and Higher Specialty Training in Dentistry led by Mr Graham Gilmour a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Associate Dental Dean in HEKSS.

DCTs will be working in a variety of arenas during this training year. Most will be in Acute Trusts working closely with OMFS Consultants, but some will be working in Restorative Dentistry, Dental Public Health and Salaried Services and Special Needs.

Trainees as well as their day to day clinical or DPH work, will undertake three Academic Modules from a list of 9, and be assessed within those modules both professionally (clinically) and academically. The most popular modules are Research Skills, Minor Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Periodontology and Endodontics. Completion of the Research Skills module is compulsory in order to continue on to the MSc. As with other deaneries, completion of these first two years of new graduate training (in the case of HEKSS DF1 +DCT) covers virtually all of the curriculum found in the document Dental Foundation Training Professional Development Portfolio which can be found in the download section of this website.

Exceptionally, some posts may not be taken up by HEKSS DF1s, in which case they may be advertised for open competition by the individual Trusts.


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