Recruitment to Periodontics training posts across the UK takes place through a national selection process led by a team based in the North West.
Application is through the Restorative Dentistry national vacancy in Oriel.
Communication between NHS England 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.
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 is also recommended you visit the Fitness to Practise hub for full information on your suitability for applying.
It's very important that you complete your application in full and include all relevant information for each section.
Applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria both during longlisting and after offers where necessary.
Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.
By allowing you to progress to the interview stage, NHS England does not accept or confirm that you meet all eligibility requirements.
This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of core competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the national person specification. This list is not exhaustive and is applicable to all eligibility criteria.
For more information visit the Dental specialty training eligibility page.
How to apply
Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel recruitment system. For further guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.
For further information, visit the applying for specialty training on Oriel page.
Completing your application
The application form for Restorative Dentistry (including Mono Specialties) will open at 10am UK time on Thursday 11 January 2024. Use the Vacancy Search tool to navigate to the national Restorative Dentistry vacancy and click Apply.
Please note, there is only one application form, available under the national Restorative Dentistry vacancy, which applies to Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.
Please complete all sections of the application form in full before submitting it.
Once you have submitted your application, the only sections you will be able to change are your personal details and your referee details.
The deadline for submitting applications is at 4pm UK time on Thursday 1 February 2024.
After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.
You are advised to complete and submit your application at least 24 hours ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.
When you submit your application, you should receive an automatic confirmation email. If you do not receive this email within 2 hours you should check to ensure that you have successfully submitted your application.
If you have applied for local Restorative Dentistry/Endodontics/Periodontics/Prosthodontics Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) vacancies at ST1 or above and require clinical benchmarking, you must complete a National ST1 Restorative Dentistry application and be deemed appointable at interview.
For more information about clinical benchmarking and the ACF process, go to the Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) page.
General Dental Council (GDC) registration
You will need to be eligible for full General Dental Council (GDC) registration status by the time of appointment (in most cases this will be Friday 1 September 2024). You will be asked to confirm that you will meet this requirement on your application form. Any offers made will be subject to you meeting this requirement by the time of appointment.
Applicants with disabilities
If you have a disability which may require specific arrangements or adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please indicate this on your application form and contact [email protected] to discuss your requirements.
For more information visit the Dental specialty training applying page.
Career progression and experience
You must provide a complete employment history going back to completion of your primary dental degree on your application form.
If you are in a rotational training programme, please also list posts that you are due to rotate to up until the end of August 2024 or until completion of your Core Training programme if this is later.
You must provide an explanation for employment gaps of more than 4 weeks.
Applicants released or removed from a training post or programme
Specialty training posts and programmes are not normally available to anyone who has previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training post or programme in the same specialty. When applying for a post you will be asked if you have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in the specialty to which you are applying.
If you answer "yes" to this question, you'll need to upload a completed “Support for Reapplication to a specialty training Programme - Exclusion Policy Support Form” to your application no later than the application deadline. This form can be downloaded from the documents to support your application page.
Applicants applying to continue training in a different region
If you are currently undertaking a specialty training programme (and have a National Training Number), and are reapplying to continue your training in a different region, you must declare this on your application form.
If you are reapplying to continue your training in a different region, you must also upload a completed “Support for Reapplication of specialty training in a Different Region - Support Form” to your application no later than the application deadline. This form can be downloaded from the documents to support your application page.
Applicants on the Specialist Register
You are not eligible to apply if you already hold, or are eligible to hold a Certificate of Completion of specialty training (CCST) in Restorative Dentistry. You are not eligible to apply if you are currently on the specialist register in any European Union (EU) member state.
Immigration/right to work
You must have the right to work as a dentist in training in the UK. Your application will be assessed based on your immigration status at the time of application.
If you require visa sponsorship in order to take up a post, you are still eligible to apply.
Find out more information about overseas applications, including sponsorship and right to work requirements.
Criminal records and Fitness to Practise
The application form contains a Criminal Records and Fitness to Practise Declaration.
If you answer "Yes" to any of the questions on this page you must fully complete and submit a separate Fitness to Practise Declaration Form.
This must be received no later than 4pm UK time on Thursday 1 February 2024.
Both declarations and any information provided in relation to them will be kept securely and in confidence, and access to it will be restricted to designated persons within the Recruitment Office and other persons who need to see it as part of the selection process and who are authorised to do so.
If you are successfully appointed to a training post, this information will be passed to designated persons in the NHS England local office or deanery which will be responsible for your training and subsequently to your employing organisation and any organisations through which you rotate as part of the training programme.
No information relating to your declaration form will be made available to any members of the selection panel at any time during the recruitment process.
For further information, visit the Fitness to Practise hub.
Applying for less than full-time training (LTFT)
You may train on a less than full-time (LTFT) basis for a variety of well-founded reasons. Refer to the Dental Gold Guide for more information about less than full time training.
All posts offered through this recruitment process will be offered as full time posts.
If you intend to request less than full-time training you can indicate this in the relevant section on the application form.
If offered a training programme you will need to apply separately for a deferred start date through the local office/area where you are offered a post. You will only be able to apply for less than full time training once you have accepted a full time post.
The final decision about less than full-time training will be made by the NHS England local office or deanery which will be responsible for your training according to their local LTFT policies.
For more information visit the Dental specialty training preferencing page.
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.
Page last reviewed: 12 January 2024
Next review due: 12 January 2025