Recruitment to specialty training posts takes place through a national selection process led by various local teams.

For information about registering and applying in Oriel, go to the Using Oriel to apply page.

For more information about this the self assessment evidence upload process, visit the shortlisting page.

For specialty specific information visit the corresponding specialty training page for further information. An overview of specialty training hubs is available on the dental specialty recruitment page.

Key dates

Adverts for new specialty training posts in Round 1 (for posts commencing from September 2024) appear on Tuesday 9 January 2024, with applications opening on Thursday 11 January 2024.

Recruitment timelines for 2024

For further information on the ACF recruitment process, please visit the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website.

All times are in UK local time (GMT or BST).

October 2023

Applications open between

Date: Monday 2 October 2023

Time: 10am


Date: Tuesday 24 October 2023

Time: 10am

Applications close between

Date: Monday 30 October 2023

Time: 4pm


Date: Tuesday 21 November 2023

Time: 4pm

November 2023

Interview window opens

Date: Wednesday 1 November 2023

January 2024

Interview window closes

Date: Friday 26 January 2024

Initial offers released

Date: Wednesday 31 January 2024

Hold deadline

Date: Wednesday 7 February 2024

Time: 4pm

National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE) timelines

For further information on the NCDCE process, please visit the NHS Education for Scotland website.

All times are in UK local time (GMT or BST).

August 2023

Applications open

Date: Tuesday 1 August 2023

Time: 10am

September 2023

Applications close

Date: Tuesday 5 September 2023

Time: 4pm

Evidence upload window closes

Date: Friday 8 September 2023

Time: 4pm

Applications considered by panel

Date: By Friday 22 September 2023

Panel outcomes communicated

Date: From Monday 25 September 2023

Page last reviewed: 1 September 2023
Next review due: 1 September 2024