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Dental core training

Dental core training

Applications for DCT posts commencing September 2021 will open on Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 10:00 UK time and close on Tuesday 9th February 2021 at 16:00 UK time.

To apply please click here.

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

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: 30/09/2020

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