Workforce, training and education
East of England

East of England

East of England Dental Foundation Training Schemes

East of England is an area of contrasts. You will find here cities, market towns and rural communities. Our training practices are to be found in all these areas, and in themselves are of very differing size and style.

In East of England we believe strongly that individual people are important, and we try to ensure that your development is the driving force for your Dental Foundation Training year. We have six Dental Foundation Training Schemes, one in each of the region's ICB areas, one Joint Dental Foundation and Core Training Scheme and one Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme. Information about each of the Schemes is on this page.


Back to Top



Peter Cranfield

Bedfordshire and Luton

Training Programme Director: Peter Cranfield
Telephone: 01462 434323

Administrator: Chandima Johnson
Telephone: 01234 792051

Bedford Medical Institute, Bedford General Hospital
Ampthill Road. Bedford MK42 9DJ

Bedfordshire and Luton Scheme started in 1993 as an inter-regional scheme, and since then has established itself with a firm reputation for quality and friendliness. Many of the Training practices have been part of the Scheme for successive years, and most of the Trainers hold the PGCert Ed qualification. The practices cover Bedfordshire and parts of Hertfordshire, and many are within very easy reach of North London. 

The Training Programme Director for this Scheme is Peter Cranfield. He established the Scheme and has built a network of enthusiastic and committed Educational Supervisors. He holds the role of Associate Dean for Multiprofessional Programmes and Innovation, and has an overview and responsibility for many initiatives at a regional and national level. Peter is in part time general dental practice, and for 36 years was a member of the Hertfordshire Local Dental Committee. 

The Bedfordshire and Luton Day Release Course is usually held on Fridays, and the Scheme concentrates on using the power of group learning to the benefit of all members of the Scheme. The huge level of support and friendship gained from being part of a keen and active learning group is a wonderful strength which will help you greatly during your first year in practice. This is matched by a level of experience, skill and commitment from the Educational Supervisors which is second to none. 

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are two small but varied counties. The contrasts of busy vibrant urban environments and beautiful rural areas are packed together in an unusual mix. There are areas of great prosperity and also areas of high deprivation, so a range patients with a range of treatment needs will be found, even within one practice. There are many opportunities for leisure activities and with two international airports (Luton and Stansted), 3 main rail lines and 4 major motorways, links to the rest of the world are easy.









Eva King

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Training Programme Director : Eva King
Telephone: TBC

Administrator: Janice Phillips
Telephone: 01223 348884 Ext: 348884

Postgraduate Medical Centre, Deakin Centre Level 1,
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road,Cambridge. CB2 0QQ

The Cambridge and Peterborough Scheme is located primarily in Cambridgeshire, and there are a few practices located in the adjoining county of Bedfordshire. All our Education Supervisors are very experienced dentists in well established practices. You will find them to be passionate about Foundation Training, and so devoting a great deal of their time to teaching you, something they find thoroughly rewarding. Their practices provide for rich learning opportunities to help build much needed clinical experience in all the core disciplines. It will be encouraged that FDs learn not only from treating patients, but also learn from the wider team, their peers, colleagues, and study day speakers.

Our study days and learning hub mostly takes place at the world renowned Addenbrookes campus in Cambridge. You will find a lot of our ESs and local specialists provide your additional teaching on study days, so you will be able to foster network connections as well improve your breadth of knowledge to improve your day to day to practice. Cambridge city has good road and rail access to London, but is a fantastic city in its own right with lots to do and enjoy.

As your Training Programme Director, my role is to provide you with the opportunity to use this year for your personal advantage and to establish the foundations of a successful future (whatever that looks like for you), and advise and help you to get even more out of this learning programme.








Peter Russell

Hertfordshire and West Essex

Training Programme Director: Peter Russell
Telephone: 01604 630984

Administrator: Justine Chitre
Telephone: 01438 284923

Education Centre, Lister Hospital
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Corey’s Mill Lane, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 4AB

The scheme developed from the Old Stevenage scheme of the last few years and is based at the education centre at Lister Hospital in Stevenage. We often travel to Bedford Postgraduate Centre at Bedford Hospital for joint days with the Bedfordshire and Luton Scheme. We can, occasionally, need to travel to other sites for specialist days.

The Hertfordshire and West Essex Scheme is ideally suited for both those wishing to live in London and those looking for more affordable accommodation but still wanting easy access to the capital's attractions. Less than 30 minutes by train from London (King's Cross), and 5 minutes off the A1, there are excellent transport links and easy commuting to the hospital for study days.

This year is your year. It is about you changing yourself from being an individual, competitive student into a team playing professional: it is about your immersion in the world of general dental practice and learning ‘how to work’ through extensive wide-ranging clinical experience and often difficult and challenging situations within the NHS. It is about building a bed rock for you to fly into your new practice future.

As such our scheme ethos is centred on learning through participation in practice and with the other schemes in our area. Our aim is to help you develop into proficient, caring clinicians who provide high quality outcomes for your patients. There is, of course, a structure and framework to the year but you are expected to be proactive and self-directed in your learning. You will be expected to contribute, debate, challenge and justify your reasoning. You will present to a wide variety of audiences during the year. The study days are your days and the more you participate, the more you will gain.

As your Training Programme Director, I will endeavour to help you, advise you and cajole you, to attain the success you seek and need, to move forward in your next career stages. I have been an SHO in Oral surgery, a GDP for longer than I’d like to say and involved in dental training of nurses and Dentists for some years.

This year is unique and special in your career. Grab it with both hands and make it work for you!








Anil Patel

Mid and South Essex

Training Programme Director: Anil Patel
Telephone: 01923 672773

Administrator: TBC
Telephone: TBC     TBC

University of Essex
The Gateway Building, 36 Queens Road, Southend on Sea SS1 1BF

Welcome to the new Mid & South Essex Scheme. This was previously the long-established Basildon scheme and has an excellent reputation for providing a wide range of stimulating study days. We ensure the required educational needs are met with a good mix of Day Release Course topics presented in a manner to make the year enjoyable and lively. The study days are facilitated by professionals of the highest calibre, many of whom are either general practitioners or specialists.

We have educational supervisors some very established and others new to bring a very blended experience to trainees. Every opportunity is given to Foundation Dentists to interact in sessions and question what they know. We take the feedback of our Foundation Dentists very seriously and each year the programme is modified to reflect this and the requirements of this ever-changing profession. The scheme is run in a very friendly and transparent way so as to make the training and learning fun and challenging.

The Training Programme Director is Anil Patel. He has been an educational supervisor for over 20 years, runs multiple practices, has been a past clinical teacher at Guys Hospital and is a trained clinical expert for the GDC so he brings immense experience to support trainees and the challenges they face. Approachability and open communication are the key recipes to our scheme.








Suzanne Plummer

Norfolk and Waveney

Training Programme Director: Suzanne Plummer
Telephone: 01493 728351

Administrator: Alisha Stewart
Telephone: 01603 286884

Norfolk & Norwich Institute for Medical Education,
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Education Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY

The Norfolk and Waveney Foundation training scheme offers an ideal nurturing environment allowing you to consolidate the clinical skills and knowledge you acquired as an undergraduate. You will also be challenged by new concepts and asked to reflect and map your own professional journey. We aim to help you achieve the best outcomes for both you and your patients while embedding a lifelong enthusiasm for continued professional development.

We have an exciting, structured study day program planned. This includes 10 hands-on sessions in the Technical Skills Room, Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust Hospital (NNUH). Study days are also held in the Bob Champion Research Building (BCRB). This is part of the University of East Anglia and is located within the hospital grounds. Our speakers are predominately practicing clinicians passionate about dentistry. Study days offer protected spaces with your peers to discuss and reflect on challenges you have encountered. The scheme actively encourages lively and open discussions and debate. Sharing is key to your development. Study days are typically held on a Fridays (9 am – 4.30 pm). You will find both the BCRB and NNUH can be reached easily by public transport or road.

Most of our Educational Supervisors themselves were Foundation Dentists in Norfolk and Waveney; and have completed a post-graduate certificate in dental education (PGCert). They are selected because of their experience and commitment to Foundation Training. Your Educational Supervisor will be very influential early in your practicing career offering bespoke advice and support, helping you transition from student to dental professional and team leader.

This year is your year. You will be integrated into the heart of training practices. The more you contribute the more you will get out. Set yourself goals and use the support to achieve them.

Norwich is a vibrant city, in touch with today’s world, but at the same time steeped in history and overflowing with culture. You can easily spend the day shopping, wandering along Tudor cobbled lanes, or taking in some of the wonderful historical buildings that Norwich has to offer. It has extensive shopping and entertainment, whilst offering affordable housing and good schools. The North Norfolk Coast has some spectacular beaches and many superb restaurants. For those who like water sports the Norfolk Broads offer excellent facilities from the more peaceful pursuits of sailing to the more adventurous water sports of water ski-ing and powerboat racing.

Norwich has an excellent train service to the heart of London (Liverpool Street Station) It also has a thriving regional airport that links to the international hub at Amsterdam, so making international travel easy.








Jemimah Rowden


Suffolk and North East Essex

Training Programme Director: Jemimah Rowden
Telephone: 01277 220147

Administrator: Abigail Boyd
Telephone: 01473 702561 Ext: 1561

Ipswich Postgraduate Medical Education Centre,
Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD

The Suffolk and North East Essex Scheme has a range of Training Practices, supported by experienced and friendly Educational Supervisors. For most Study Days we meet at the Ipswich Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education Centre, which is situated in Ipswich. here there are high quality teaching rooms and an on-site simulation suite with a hands-on room equipped with the latest phantom heads.

Feedback and reflection are encouraged from both Foundation Dentists and Educational Supervisors to ensure continuous development of the programme. Most of the Educational Supervisors have been involved with Dental Foundation Training for many years and will do their best to ensure that you have an excellent start in your dental career.

The Training Programme Director, Jemimah Rowden has many years of experience in practice and has been an Educational Supervisor.

We aim to provide a varied and stimulating first year in practice. You will work hard but the rewards will be worth it as you make your first steps into your professional career. Most importantly, we want you to have a year to remember for all the right reasons.









Eva King

Joint Dental Foundation and Core

Training Programme Director: Eva King
Telephone: TBC

Administrator: Janice Phillips
Telephone: 01223 348884 Ext: 348884

Postgraduate Medical Centre, Deakin Centre Level 1,
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road,Cambridge. CB2 0QQ

The Joint Dental Foundation and Core Training is a longitudinal (2 year scheme) that incorporates both Foundation Dentistry and Dental Core Training 1 together. The benefit of this scheme is that you only apply once and on successful completion obtain not only your certificate of Satisfactory Completion of DFT but also a certificates of completion of DCT1. It allows you to learn at a pace that allows you embed your wider learning into practice as you will spend alternate weeks in practice and in DCT. This continuing dual experience can makes your learning more enjoyable and fulfilling. You will be exposed to three different core training rotations of 8 months each, so you will you gain a variety of skills and knowledge in different dental fields.

All our Foundation Dental practices will be situated within our well established foundation dental areas, predominately Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. You will find your ESs on this portion of your training are highly skilled and able to provide you with all the skills to succeed in general practice. All of our DCT placements have been picked to provide extra skills and supportive environment for you to learn. You will join the other DCTs in the areas for the regional study days and local learning in your settings, and follow the same foundation dental study days. Your study days will largely be based at the world renowned Addenbrookes Campus, with Cambridge city on your doorstep which has something for everyone.

My role is to support you over the two years to achieve the most out of this unique opportunity and grow into your career. I hope to make these crucial, early years as a dentist as easy and useful as possible and form key skills you will use for many years to come.






Jyoti Sumel

Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme

Training Programme Lead: Jyoti Sumel

Administrator: Janice Phillips
Telephone: 01223 348884 Ext: 348884

Postgraduate Medical Centre, Deakin Centre Level 1,
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road,Cambridge. CB2 0QQ

Dental Therapy Foundation Training has been established and successfully running in the East of England since 2019, as part of the Midlands and East Region. Following the de-agregation of East of England and Midlands Regions, the scheme is now entirely within East of England Region. The scheme is designed for newly qualified dental therapists of up to two years post qualification.

The scheme is based centrally at the Deakin Centre on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site in Cambridge There are 20 study days per year. They are a mix of lecture-style, hands-on, and small group discussion seminars. The study days are hosted by the Training Programme Lead with guest speakers in specialist subject areas relevant to the therapy scope of practice. The training practices are located across the East of England Region. Our Educational supervisors are experienced dentists who have a drive and enthusiasm for teaching and guiding newly qualified dental professionals into the world of general practice.










Wednesday, 22 April, 2020
Make this a News Item?: 
Show Between Dates: 
Wednesday, 22 April, 2020