This is for UK graduate dentists and dentists from outside of the EEA who have not previously undertaken Foundation (Vocational) Training, and are required to demonstrate equivalent competencies to those gained on completion of a full year of Dental Foundation Training, in order to gain access to the national dental performer list.
In the first instance the applying dentist contacts and applies to the Local Area Team of NHS England or its agent for information on, and the paperwork for entry onto The National Performers List.
The National Performers List website; http://www.performer.england.nhs.uk/ is a useful source of information and contains a postcode search tool, which allows you to easily identify the
Area Team that cover the region in which you wish to work. The search results also provide contact details.
HEE EoE is not responsible for putting dentists onto Performers lists and we cannot answer queries regarding this subject: this is the duty of the Local Area Team.
Dentists must apply directly to practices. Health Education England working across the east of England (HEE EoE) does not keep lists of vacancies.
Vacancies are usually advertised in the British Dental Journal and other Dental Magazines.
The Area Team Dental Practice Advisor may be able to assist you with compiling your PDP and there are many examples of PDP on various dental websites.
Clinical references can be from a colleague and/or principle/lead Dentist at a practice where you have previously worked.
This is determined by Health Education England working across the east of England’s assessment panel and recommendations and can be up to 1 year whole time equivalent.
Both the practice and the proposed supervisor will have to apply via the application forms HEE EoE provides: Trainer Application Forms, and will have to be approved via the application process.
The supervisor and practice are required to undertake the same assessment and interview process as Dental Foundation Trainers.
Please be aware there are strict deadlines for this part of the process and application does not guarantee appointment.
We cannot give a fixed timescale as this is dependent upon many factors in the application process which are out of HEE EoE's control.
Be aware that there are key dates for supervisor applications: Supervisor Information
This is dependent on several factors including the length of time supervised practice is required and how much support is required by the new dentist and the supervisor.
The cost of a full years training programme could be up to £5,000. A breakdown of the costs can be found on the Agreement of Payment form: https://www.eoedeanery.nhs.uk/medical/page.php?page_id=1631
There is no charge for the assessment of a new applicant dentist that is requested by the Area Team from within HEE EoE boundaries.
For the practice and supervisor appointment process, the proposed Supervisor or practice will be responsible for the cost of the initial practice visit and selection interview. This is irrespective of the outcome of the Supervisor appointment process. The proposed Supervisor, applicant new dentist or a third party may sponsor the various stages of the administrative and training costs.
Information for dentists from Europe and Overseas is available from the National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education (NACPDE): https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/dental-faculties/fds/nacpde/
Information about Working and Postgraduate Training as a Dentist in the UK can be found on the COPDEND website: http://copdend.org/content.aspx?Group=guidance&Page=guidance_frequentlyaskedquestions