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Dental core training

Dental Core Training

Applications for Dental Core Training 1, 2 and 3 can be found on Oriel here The application guide can be found here. Should you have any enquiries, please contact

Please note that applications closed on Tuesday, 8th February 2022 at 4pm and no late applications will be accepted.

Recruitment to Dental Core Training (DCT) is through a national selection process led by the DCT National Recruitment Office (DCTNRO). All information about the selection process is available on the DCTNRO website.

Post Dental Core Training Fellowships

Please note that applications closed at 23:59 on 1st June 2022 and no late applications will be accepted.

Location: Various locations across Scotland   

Salary Scale: Please note that the salary range for this post as per current circular is £32,822 to £45,700. Your starting salary with be determined upon appointment  

Advert date: 10th May 2022  

Closing date: 23:59 hours on 1st June 2022  

Job Type: Full Time, 40 hours per week  

Duration: fixed term for 12 months   

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.  

These 12 month posts include a range of specialties including OMFS, Oral Surgery, Restorative Dentistry and Paediatric Dentistry. Please note all information on posts is correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.  

Job descriptions: 


To be eligible for Post Dental Core Training Fellowships it is essential that you have you have satisfactory completion of Dental Core Training year 3, or equivalent. The qualifications and professional registration requirements plus other eligibility criteria can be found in the person specification linked below. 


Please note that the salary range for this post as per current circular is £32,822 to £45,700.                                           Your starting salary will be determined upon appointment


To apply for these posts you are required to complete an online NHS Education for Scotland application form along with a self-assessment form by 23:59 hours on Wednesday, 1st June 2022. 

Please note applications are not complete until the self-assessment form and evidence is submitted by email  to  

To apply: Apply here 

Self-assessment form: Post Dental Core Training Fellowships Self-Assessment 22-23

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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