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Dental core training

Dental Core Training

Applications for DCT posts commencing September 2021 have now closed.

Further information, including the recruitment timetable is available on the DCTNRO website.

Post Dental Core Training Fellowships

The Post Dental Core Training Fellowship gives individuals, who have already completed Dental Core Training, the opportunity to continue training.  It offers the opportunity to broaden knowledge and experience within the dental profession in preparation for specialty training, general practice or other branches of dentistry.

The 12 month posts cover specialities such as OMFS, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Restorative Dentistry and Public Dental Service (PDS)

Applications for Dental Core Training Fellowship posts are now open and will close on Wednesday 2nd June 2021.  Click here to apply. Please note your application is not complete until the Self-Assessment form has been submitted.

We have 14 posts in the following areas:

Post Core Training Fellowship Person Specification

Self Assessment Form 

All applicants will be required to complete a self-assessment form. Applications are not complete until the self-assessment below is submitted by email to Dental Recruitment:  by the closing date Wednesday 2nd June 2021.

Please note: all posts are subject to change


Skilled Worker Sponsorship

NES is now responsible for issuing Certificate of Sponsorships (COS) to Dental Trainees (Dental Core and Speciality Training Registrar Trainees only) in Scotland who require Skilled Worker sponsorship.

For further information on this, please go to the Scottish Medical Training website.

DCT interviews - Travel expenses

Any claims for expenses incurred in travelling to a Selection Centre should be made to the region that assessed you, not the DCTNRO. There is a £100 cap on all expense claims. Applicants attending interviews are entitled to travel and subsistence allowance at appropriate rates in accordance with Terms and Conditions for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff and AL (MD) 4/98. Those travelling to interviews must use the most cost effective means possible.

As per NES T&S policy when staying overnight in a hotel, guesthouse or the commercial accommodation, the overnight costs will be reimbursed as follows:

  • Commercial accommodation- Overnight allowance is up to £55.00 (inc.breakfast)
  • Non-commercial accommodation (when staying with friends or relatives) is £25.00
  • No claims will be paid unless they are supported by receipts.

Important: You are only eligible to claim for expenses if you are a current employee of an NHS Trust or NHS Board. No other applicants, for example Dental Foundation/Vocational Trainees, are allowed to claim.

*Please note that DCT interviews will be conducted online therefore no travel will be required.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please email the Dental Recruitment team at

Last updated: 03/05/2021

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