Satisfactory completion of training allows you to enter the NHS Performers Lists for England and Wales, and the health boards of Scotland and Northern Ireland as an independent practitioner.
How you’ll demonstrate satisfactory completion
You’ll be required to demonstrate satisfactory completion of Dental Foundation Training (DFT) to be awarded a certificate of satisfactory completion. To do this, you must:
- complete 12-months of training and demonstrate satisfactory progress
- demonstrate a broad range of competencies as set out in the DFT curriculum
- have your progress of competence formally reviewed by a panel after 5 months – this is called the Interim Review of Competence Progression (IRCP)
- have your progress of competence formally reviewed by a panel after 10 or 11-months – this is called the Final Review of Competence Progression (FRCP)
Your training may need to be extended by up to a year if the FRCP panel decides it is necessary.
The IRCP and FRCPs are reviews of supporting evidence by a panel, and are not exams. You submit the evidence yourself beforehand and do not need to attend.
You have the right to review and appeal an FRCP panel recommendation if you think its decision is incorrect, although some outcomes cannot be appealed.
Page last reviewed: 12 August 2022