Joint Dental Foundation Core Training (JDFCT)

Joint Dental Foundation Core Training (JDFCT) is a 2-year longitudinal programme.

It combines 1 year of Dental Foundation Training (DFT) and 1 year of Dental Core Training (DCT). It’s sometimes known as DFTDCT or General Professional Training (GPT).

Important: Where you can do JDFCT

At the moment, JDFCT programmes are only available in the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber. Programmes are currently being piloted in other parts of England.


JDFCT is a longitudinal programme combining primary and secondary care. The primary (DFT) and secondary (DCT) care placements take place over 2 years, with rotations equally split between the placements.

Eligibility for JDFCT

Elibility requirements for JDFCT are the same as for DFT. To be eligible for JDFCT, you must:

  • have a BDS undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • be eligible to join the General Dental Council
  • be eligible for an NHS Performer number by the start of training

If you do not fulfil these criteria, you will not be able to take up the post.

Salary for JDFCT trainees

The JDFCT allowance is set through the General Dental Services Statement of Financial Entitlements Directions issued annually by the Department of Health.

For detailed information about pay and conditions, visit NHS Employers.

How and when to apply

You apply for JDFCT in the same way you apply for Dental Foundation Training (DFT).

We’ll release the advert, application form, person specification and applicant guide at 12pm on Friday 12 August 2022 on Oriel.

Applications will close at 9am on Friday 9 September 2022.

To find out about how to apply and the recruitment timeline, visit the Applying for Dental Foundation Training page.

What can JDFCT lead to?

When you’ve completed JDFCT, you might want to apply for Dental Core Training 2 (DCT2). 

Completing DCT2 can lead to Dental Core Training 3 (DCT3). It can also lead to Specialty Training.

Page last reviewed: 12 August 2022

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