Recruitment to Orthodontic dentistry training posts across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales takes place through a national selection process led by a team based in the North East and North Cumbria.


Before beginning your application, you should check whether you're eligible to apply against the relevant person specification, which you can find on the Dental specialty training person specifications page.

It's very important that you complete your application in full and include all relevant information for each section.


For more information visit the dental specialty training eligibility page.

How to apply 

Applications for these posts can only be made through the Oriel online application system

Please visit Oriel to register and apply.

Applications open at 10:00 on Thursday 11 January 2024 and close at 16:00 hours Thursday 1 February 2024. 

Late applications will not be accepted.

For a more detailed list of dates, go to the recruitment timeline.


Find out more about using Oriel on the using Oriel to apply and preference page.

Recruitment for academic posts

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) and Clincal Lecturers (CLs) will be recruited locally and will be expected to participate in the national recruitment process for clinical benchmarking as part of the selection process.

Read more about Integrated Academic Training on the NIHR website.

Communication between Health Education England (HEE) and applicants will be by email or through your Oriel account. You should check your email and Oriel account regularly so you do not miss vital information about your application.

Please also check your spam or junk mail to ensure that correspondence has not been filtered by your email provider.


Before applying, please ensure that you have read the latest information on this update

Specialist list application information

All applicants to ST4 training programmes are required to be on the General Dental Council (GDC) Orthodontic Specialist List at commencement of post.

Any applicant who is not on the list by the start date cannot commence training and may have their offer withdrawn.  

Information regarding the application process can be found on the GDC website.

UK specialist programme applicants    

Entry criteria

You must have full GDC registration and have completed a UK specialist training programme approved by the GDC.

At the end of your specialist training programme you must hold the agreed qualification awarded by one of the Royal Surgical Colleges.

You must fulfil all entry, training and assessment criteria to be eligible for the award of Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) and entry onto the relevant specialist list.

The timescale is 28 days.

Other applicants 

You must have full GDC registration and have completed the equivalent of a specialist training programme.

Equivalance will need to be demonstrated through a GDC Specialist List application which requires assessment.

Evidence submitted for entry to the Specialist List will be assesed on the basis of equivalence to the training leading to the award of a CCST by the Royal College of Surgeons of Englands Specialist Advisory Committee Application Panel (SACAP).

The timescale is 4 months.

  • Applications for entry onto a specialist list requiring assessment may take up to 4 months from the date an application is considered as being complete.
  • If the applciation is not considered complete, the timescale may be considerably longer and this should be taken into account when deciding which round of ST3 recruitment to apply for.
  • Applications are considered complete when the applicant has provided all the necessary documentation outlined in the application form.  In all cases the Council requires original or certified copies of documentary evidence.
  • The Council encourges applicants to be explicit with the evidence they submit for assessment.  Evidence submitted for entry to the Specialist List wll be assessed on the basis of equivalence to the training leading to the award of a CCST by the Royal College of Surgeons of Englands Specialist Advisory Committee Application Panel (SACAP).
  • To be able to meet the requirements of the person specification, it would be advisable to commence Specialist List applications prior to applying for a post-CCST training post.

Overseas Registration Examination (ORE)

Applicants who hold a primary dental qualification from a university that is not in either the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland may be required to sit the ORE before being able to register with the GDC and apply for entry to the specialist list.

More information is available on the GDC website.

Applicants with a disability, health concerns or religious requirements

Applicants who wish to discuss the possibility of an adjustment at the virtual interviews must provide full details by email to [email protected] by the application closing date.

In this email, please indicate what your requirements are and provide evidence if applicable. For example, applicants with dyslexia will need to provide their work psychology report. 

Reasonable adjustments will not be made if you do not inform [email protected] in advance of the application closing date. 


For more information visit the dental specialty training applying page.

Page last reviewed: 4 August 2023

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