All applications must be made via the Oriel recruitment portal hosted by NHS England (NHSE) using the nationally agreed application form.

Information about the Dental Foundation Training (DFT) schemes will be available via the recruitment portal, as well as on individual NHSE local offices’ websites (or the equivalent in Wales and Northern Ireland).


To register with the recruitment portal, you must ensure you have a valid email address. We strongly recommend that you use an alternative email address to the one provided by your university or employer as these may expire prior to DFT start dates. 

When registering on Oriel, you must set up your account using the name as it appears on your passport.

Registering with the recruitment portal is only the first step, and a confirmation of this registration will automatically be sent to you. Subsequent to this confirmation, you must complete and submit the application by the deadline. Please refer to the additional Oriel User guidance available on the Oriel system.


Communication between the Dental Foundation Training National Recruitment Office (DFTNRO) and applicants will be primarily via email. You should check your email account and online Oriel account a minimum of once every 24 hours. Failure to do so may result in you missing vital information in relation to your application. Please also check ‘spam’ or ‘junk-mail’ to ensure correspondence has not been filtered by your email provider.

DFT application form

For full details of how to use Oriel and complete all relevant sections please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be found on the Oriel Resource Bank.

We have provided additional information below regarding how to complete certain sections specifically for your application to Dental Foundation Training.

When you select Submit, the page will change on Oriel informing you that you have submitted your application. After this point, you will only be able to edit your contact details.


You will not be asked to submit any reference details as part of their application. These will be requested after offers have been accepted and collected by the lead employer as part of pre-employment checks prior to starting post in September 2024.


Here you will be asked to provide details of your primary dental qualification, and the date of achievement. If you have not yet completed your primary dental qualification – please enter the date as the anticipated date of achievement (for example, 07 June 2024).


In this section you will need to enter any employment details that you have had up to the start date of the post (September 2024). It may be that you have no employment history at the date you are applying as you are still a dental student, in which case – answer Yes to ‘I have no employment history’.


Here you will be asked to enter the details of the dental school where you achieved your primary dental qualification. If it does not fall within the list provided – please select other and you will be prompted to give details.

You will also be asked to tick that you have read and understood the guidance below.

  • Applicant declaration that focused on Preparing for and Conduct at your Online Interview and the Recruitment Process and use of Information. This can be found on on the Oriel Resource Bank.
  • COPEND guidance on education and training with close family members. This can be found on the COPDEND website.


Please note that any expenses incurred as part of the recruitment process will not be reimbursed.

Page last reviewed: 9 August 2023
Next review due: 9 August 2024