Recruitment to Paediatric Dentistry training posts across England and Scotland takes place through a national selection process led by a team based in the East Midlands.

Important: Eligibility

Before beginning your application, you should check whether you're eligible to apply against the relevant person specification for pre-Certificate of Completion of Specialty Training (CCST), which you can find here.

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

How to apply

An advert will appear on Oriel on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

You can only apply for these posts using the Oriel online application system.

Please visit Oriel to register and apply.

You can apply to 2 vacancy types: ST1 or ST4. The level of post will depend on how many years of previous training you've previously undertaken.

Applications open at 10am (UK local time) on Thursday 12 January 2023.

Applications close at 4pm (UK local time) on Thursday 2 February 2023.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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

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

For more important dates during the recruitment process, go to the timeline page.

To find out more about ST4 training visit the ST4 pages.

Important: Important

Communication between 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.

You should also check your spam or junk folders in case any messages have been filtered by your email provider. Do not contact anyone else apart from [email protected] for recruitment information.

References and pre-employment checks

HEE will contact your referees only if you accept an offer.

We'll ask for references through Oriel. We'll ask you to provide the details of 3 referees on your online application. References will be shared with the local region or employer before you commence employment. 

All other pre-employment checks will be carried out by the local region or employer before you commence employment. Any training post offers will be made subject to satisfactory references and completion of pre-employment checks. 

Assessment of Dental Core competency

Applicants must demonstrate the competencies required at the end of UK Dental Core Training year 1 (DCT1) - that is, outcome 1 - at the time of interview and year 2 at the time of post commencement (or equivalent). Core competence can be demonstrated in the following ways:

Applicants currently undertaking a UK Dental Core Training year 2 (DCT2) post

  • If you're currently in a UK Dental Core Training year 2 (DCT2) post, you do not need to provide any further evidence at the time of application. However, any offer of a training post will be conditional on successful completion of DCT2. You'll be required to provide a certificate of completion of DCT2 or evidence of satisfactory Review of Competence Progression (RCP) outcome to your employing Trust prior to commencement.

Applicants who've previously completed a UK DCT2 post

  • If you've successfully completed a UK DCT2 post  which commenced on or after August 2016 , you're required to provide a certificate of completion of DCT2 or evidence of satisfactory RCP outcome at the time of application. You must attach scanned or PDF copies of your certificate or RCP outcome to your application.
  • If you hold a certificate of completion of DCT which commenced prior to August 2016, you'll need to apply for a National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE) through the process detailed on the NHS Education for Scotland website.

All other applicants

  • If you hold a National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE) at the time of application, you're required to attach a copy of your certificate to your application.
  • If you do not currently hold an NCDCE, you'll need to apply for a certificate through the process detailed on the NHS Education for Scotland website. If you're unsuccessful in being awarded a certificate you will not be eligible for appointment to Specialty Training and will be removed from the recruitment process.

Recruitment for academic posts

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

Read more about Integrated Academic Training on the NIHR website.

Applicants with a disability

Applicants who require reasonable adjustments due to a disability will be able to provide information on the application form.

You must tell us that you require reasonable adjustments in advance on the application form. There will be no opportunity to declare a need for reasonable adjustments after applications close unless there is a change in your circumstances.

You will be asked to upload evidence to support your request. For example, applicants with dyslexia will need to provide their educational psychology report. 

Disabled applicants are also able to request consideration for an interview under the Disability Confident scheme if they meet the essential eligibility criteria. You must inform us that you're requesting an interview under this scheme in advance through the application process by providing information on the application form. 

Deferred entry

Deferment can only be considered on statutory grounds such as maternity, paternity, adoption leave, or personal ill health, as stated in the Dental Gold Guide. Deferment for any other reason will not be permitted.

Page last reviewed: 30 September 2022

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