Dental Core Training

National Dental Core Training Recruitment 2018

Recruitment to Dental Core training (DCT) posts in the UK is through a national selection process led by Health Education England’s East Midlands local office (DCT posts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be included). The revised recruitment and selection processes will ensure standardisation in selection and values based recruitment in line with other national training programmes.

Applicants can apply to three vacancy types DCT1 DCT2 or DCT3. The level of DCT post will depend on how many years of DCT training an applicant has previously undertaken. .

Applications and offers will be made through the national recruitment system Oriel. This system enables the national coordination of the application and offer processes and will allow applicants to accept only one post. Please see the national recruitment timeline below applications will need to be made via

Longlisted applicants will be invited to attend one of the five national selection centres held from 30th April to 3rd May 2018. Applicants will be able to select which centre to attend. Applicants will be asked to preference all the posts in which they are interested. By preferencing more posts applicants will have a better chance of securing a post. If applicants choose only a limited number of preferences it could be that they are unsuccessful in securing any post if they do not score highly at the selection centre for the posts they have preferenced. Offers will be made in rank order by performance at the selection centre. Once offers have been made the system will also allow upgrades so that you can accept a higher preference post if that becomes available.

Further information will be contained in the applicant guide and persons specifications for each vacancy. This information will be available when the posts are advertised on the COPDEND website

Key dates

Applications open (10am)

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Applications close (4pm)

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Interview invitations sent out by

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Deadline for Interview Booking (4pm)

Friday 6th April 2018

Selection centres

Monday 30th April - Thursday 3rd May 2018

Post Preferencing reopens

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Post Preferencing closes

Friday 4th May 2018

Offers released no later than

Thursday 7th June 2018

Hold Deadline (1pm)

Thursday 14th June 2018

Upgrade Deadline (4pm)

Thursday 21st June 2018

Posts commence

Wednesday 5th September 2018