Training Posts


Recruitment to DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3 posts for the 2017-2018 training year is a National process.

National Recruitment, led by the HEE West Midlands local team, will develop standardised application, selection and recruitment processes for appointment to DCT posts from 2017 onwards.

Why choose Dental Core Training?


Application Process

There will be a single national round of centralised recruitment to all DCT vacancies.

A briefing document regarding the recruitment process can be found here and also an overview of the applicant journey.

DCT vacancies have now been advertised. Applications opened on Monday 16 January 2017 and will close on Tuesday 07 February 2017.

Applications and post preferences will be submitted via Oriel

Applicants can register on Oriel and complete their personal details in advance. Eligible applicants will be invited to book an interview slot via Oriel at one of the national selection centres.

The following documents are available to applicants on the COPDEND website:

  1. Applicant Guide
  2. Post preferences for all three vacancies
  3. Post descriptions
  4. Timeline
  5. Persons specifications
  6. Portfolio self-assessment form and guidance
  7. Complaints policy and procedures

Any queries that are not addressed in the information documents should be sent to


Interviews & SJT

Interviews will be held at five selection centres across the UK between Monday 27 March and Friday 31 March 2017.

The selection and recruitment process will include multi-station assessments and a SJT (Situational Judgement Test).


Preferencing and Offers

Applicants will rank their preferences for posts at the time of application but will also have an opportunity to review and modify choices later in the process.

Following interview, applicants will be ranked based on their scores and offers will be made via Oriel. Applicants will be able to hold or accept one offer only.


DCT Posts in the east of England

Detailed post descriptions are available via Oriel. An outline of the general duties of a Dental Core Trainee in a Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the east of England can be found here

A map of the Trusts with Dental Core Training posts in the east of England can be found here

Posts are available in the following locations in the east of England:



Beds, Herts and Bucks OMFS Network

Luton and Dunstable Hospital / Bedford Hospital / Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Trust (Northern Rotation)

Luton and Dunstable Hospital / Lister Hospital / QEII Hospital NHS Trust (Southern Rotation)


Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrookes)


Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Essex OMFS


Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust / Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust / Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust / Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (Harlow)


The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust


Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust


Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding Dental Core Training in the east of England, please contact Ruth Davis, Dental Core Training Administrator.


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