HEE Midlands

Foundation Dental Therapist Application

The Foundation Dental Therapist application process for the 2023-24 training year will begin in the Autumn of 2022. The demerger of the Midlands and East Region into East of England and Midlands will possibly mean some changes will be made to the application process, but the information from the 2022-23 application is here as general guidance

Here is a link to the Foundation Dental Therapist Handbook which you should read before you start completing your application. You can download and save this by using the link button.




All applicants for the Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme are asked to complete an application form (downloaded from below).The Application Form is an interactive .pdf file and will respond to your individual circumstances. . As you work through the form, boxes for comments and additional sections will open. Full and descriptive answers will help the selection panel greatly in their assessment of your application.

<In order for the Application Form to function correctly it is essential that it is opened in Adobe Reader. This is a free download and if you do not have it installed on your computer you can obtain it from here:




Some computers are set up to open .pdf files in alternative programmes or web browsers. In particular Windows 10 tries to open the form in 'Edge' web browser, whilst Macs try to open the form in their own 'Preview' reader. The forms will then not open and differing error messages will appear.  To avoid these difficulties and to ensure that the forms are opened in Adobe reader, follow these steps. 

  • Download and save the form .(pdf files) in a folder on your computer or desktop - do this by using a 'right click' on your mouse for the link to each form and then (depending on the web browser you use)  select 'Save Link as......'  or 'Save Target as.....' which will allow you to choose the folder into which you wish to save the individual forms.
  • Open Adobe Reader on its own, and then use the ‘File’ command (top left corner) and then ‘Open’ command to browse to the place where you have stored the contract .pdf file
  • Adobe Reader should then open the form and you should have no further problems. You will be asked to save the form with a new name. You can also save the form at any time whilst completing it and then return to it later.

The application form for the Midlands and East Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme will be available in late autumn 2022.

Guidance about the Digital Signing process can be downloaded here.




Provisional Timeline - Subject to change


Dental Foundation Therapist applications open.

29th April

Closing date for all Foundation Dental Therapist applications.

Applicants are advised to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline, as late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted. 

March and April

DTFT Educational Supervisor approval interviews and scoring begins


Foundation Dental Therapist outcomes emailed to FT applicants


Educational Supervisor outcomes emailed to ES applicants


Matching and Allocation process for Foundation Therapist applicants to Training Practices



Educational Agreements DEADLINE


Dental Therapist Foundation Training programme commences, Midlands and East Dental Foundation Trainees start in post

Early November

Educational Supervisor Application opens for DTFT starting in following year

Early December 

Educational Supervisor Applications DUE for posts starting in following year


Educational Supervisor approval interviews and scoring


Educational Supervisor outcomes emailed to ES applicants




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