HEE Midlands and East

What is the Performers List Validation by Experience (PLVE) process?

This is for UK graduate dentists and dentists from outside of the EEA who have not previously undertaken Dental 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.

Performance List Validation by Experience is not designed for those with significant gaps in their clinical experience.

Who do I contact?

In the first instance the applying dentist applies to NHS England or its agent for information on, and the paperwork for entry onto The National Performers List. 

The National Performers List website;  is a useful source of information and contains a postcode search tool, which allows you to easily identify the Local Office that cover the locality 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.


How do I find a job?

Vacancies are usually advertised in the British Dental Journal and other Dental Magazines.

Dentists must apply directly to practices. Health Education England holds a list of approved supervisors across the region which they will share with VEDs approved for PLVE.

Health Education England has no control or oversight of the contracts, payment or working conditions negotiated between VEDs and their employing practices. We would advise VEDs to seek independent legal advice or speak with their indemity providers if they have any questions or issues regarding contracts.

The practice where I intend to work is not approved for PLVE. What is the process to become approved?

Both the practice and the proposed supervisor will have to apply via the application forms and will have to be approved via the application process.

The PLVE Validation Supervisor and practice are required to undertake several assessments before they are approved to take a Validation Experience Dentist:- clinical audit, practice visit, interview and induction training. 

Please be aware there are strict deadlines for this part of the process and application does not guarantee appointment.


How much does the PLVE process cost and who pays for it?

The cost is dependent on several factors including the length of PLVE programme that is required and how much support is required by the Performer and the PLVE Mentor.

A breakdown of the costs and details of the payment process can be found in the PLVE Agreement of Payment form: 


Who should the clinical references be from?

Clinical references ideally need to be from the principle/lead Dentist at a practice where you have previously worked. As PLVE is not designed for individuals with significant gaps in their clinical experience it is important that VEDs include relevant clinical references with their application (generally this is at least two from you most recent employment).

Reference letters need to contain the following:-

  1. Be on headed paper.
  2. Dated.
  3. State the start date, end date and number of weekly hours.
  4. State the location in which you worked.
  5. Have a sentence or two relating to your performance or conduct during your employment including details of any complaints if relevant.
  6. Have a the contact details of whomever has signed on behalf of the organisation.
How long will the PLVE programme take?

This is determined by Health Education England application assessment panel and recommendations and vary between six months and 18 months full time equivalent.

Where can I find more information for Dentists who qualified within the EEA or Overseas?

Information for dentists from Europe and Overseas is available from the National Advice Centre for Postgraduate Dental Education (NACPDE):

Information about Working and Postgraduate Training as a Dentist in the UK can be found on the COPDEND website:

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