Becoming an Educational Supervisor

The Educational Supervisor's Role

An Educational Supervisor (ES) is an experienced NHS general dental practitioner with high clinical standards, good ethical values, is currently included in the dental performers list of a PCT and who employs a dentist as a trainee in the practice. As well as this, the ES needs to have the skills to create a learning environment for the trainee, and to assess the learning that takes place.   The trainee dentist is called a Foundation Dentist (FD) and works in the practice for a maximum of 35 hours per week.  The ES must:

  • be available to provide help and advice, be it at the chairside or otherwise
  • undertake a weekly tutorial lasting one hour, during normal working hours.
  • The ES is also required to take part in not less than 14 sessions (7 days) of postgraduate activity associated with Dental Foundation Training but most of these sessions are taken up with attendance at events and meetings organised by the Scheme or the Region

For 30 weeks of the year the FD has to attend a Day Release Course (DRC) at one of the Foundation Training Schemes around the Region, and this usually takes place on a Friday.  On those weeks when the Day Release Course is being attended, the FD works in the practice for only 28 hours. 

Each FD has to maintain and complete an Electronic Portfolio (E-Portfolio),an electronic web based document , which is used as an educational aid throughout the year.  On a regular basis the FD records achievements, concerns, describes and analyses events that have occurred recently. The Trainer works with the FD and the E-Portfolio to carry out regular monthly assessments of development, with the aid of learning and action plans.

During the period of Training the ES is paid a Training Fee of £9,228.00 per annum (£769.00 per month), and the salary of the FD (£30,732.00 per annum - £2,561.00 per month) is also reimbursed to the ES. A sum representing the service cost of employing the FD of £5,347.00 per month is also paid, plus the cost of reimbursement of employer's National Insurance contributions. (figures correct at April 2015)

At the end of the year, the FD may wish to remain in general dental practice or alternatively may wish to leave to enter a hospital post.  In the past, many FDs have remained at their Training practices as a full NHS Performer and gained further precious experience, however this is not always possible.  

Dental Foundation Training in Health Education England - East of England complies with the national guidelines and regulations.

Please note that the number of ES places on our schemes is limited and the ES selection process is very competitive and always oversubscribed.  It is not unusual for very good NHS Dentists and training practices to be unsuccessful in gaining a place.

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