Understanding posts and preferencing Dental Core Training (DCT) recruitment

From Tuesday 11 April 2023, you’ll be invited to preference your DCT posts in Oriel.

This means ranking them according to which posts you’d most like to be appointed to.

Important: Important

All information contained in the posts spreadsheet is correct at the time of original publication, but the Dental Core Training National Recruitment Office (DCTNRO) accepts no responsibility for any post details that change before the start date or during the post.

If an applicant receives an offer they are not eligible for because they ranked preferences incorrectly, the DCTNRO reserves the right to withdraw this offer of training.

What posts are available?

DCT programmes are available at three different entry levels (DCT1, DCT2, and DCT3) and are typically for 12 months. There are a small number of 24-month programmes available.

Posts are listed as rotations or hospital placements and are available across all 4 nations of the UK.

You can use the filters on the Excel spreadsheet to find the information that you are looking for.

Preferencing DCT posts in Oriel

We'll use the DCT programmes that you preference to make offers, subject to the successful completion of the selection process. You can preference posts across all 4 nations, so that you're considered for appointment across the whole of the UK.

As DCT2 and DCT3 are advertised as one vacancy on Oriel, please note you will only see preferences applicable to the level you have applied to.

Preferencing closes at 2pm on Friday 19 May 2023. It will reopen after the first round of offers and then reopen again after each subsequent round of offers.

Find out more about ranking, offers and feedback.

Non-urgent advice: When you're preferencing posts:

  • you should preference all posts you'd be willing and able to accept
  • please do not preference posts you would not accept. Move these posts to the 'Not wanted' column
  • you should still preference posts listed with zero vacancies, (if you are interested in them), because these posts may become available at a later date


Researching programmes and posts

We advise applicants to access the 4 nations websites for more information about the opportunities available:


Other UK nations

We suggest that you research not only the types of programmes offered in each region, but also:

  • the geographical areas covered
  • the main Trusts or NHS Boards in each of those areas
  • transport links to home

Page last reviewed: 16 December 2021

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