National Dental Core Training (DCT) Recruitment 2020


The DCT application form issue has been resolved and the vacancies will re-open by 18:00 on Wednesday 22nd January 2020.  Due to the vacancies being temporarily unavailable, the closing date for applications will be extended until Thursday 13th February 2020 at 16:00.

Recruitment to Dental Core Training (DCT) posts in the UK is through a national selection process led by Health Education England's East Midlands Office (The DCT National Recruitment Office).

Please click on the following link to view the person specifications for each level of training (DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3).  The level of DCT post applied for will depend on how many years of DCT Training (or equivalent) an applicant has previously undertaken.

Please ensure that you read the DCT Applicant Guide before submitting your application.  Further documentation with regards to the recruitment processes can be downloaded below, including indicative programme preferences, which are all subject to change.  Please note: preferences for Wales are not currently available and will be added as soon as possible.

Please note: The '2019 DCT Evidence and Suitability Guidance for Applicants' and '2019 DCT Portfolio Self-Assessment Score Sheet' documents, which can be downloaded below, relate to the 2019 recruitment process and will be updated for 2020 recruitment.  Please use these as a guide only and await the updated guidance, which will be available by Tuesday 31st March 2020.

All DCT recruitment queries should be directed to 

DCT Application Flow Chart

Please refer to the guidance below, in conjunction with the DCT Applicant Guide, to help you identify the correct level to apply to:


NHS Jobs Advert Appears Tuesday 14th January 2020
Oriel Advert Appears Tuesday 21st January 2020
Applications Open Tuesday 21st January 2020 (10:00)
Applications Close Tuesday 11th February 2020 (16:00)
SJT Invitations Sent Tuesday 10th March 2020
SJT Booking Closes Thursday 12th March 2020
SJT Assessment Window Wednesday 18th March - Wednesday 25th March 2020
Selection Centre Invitations Sent Tuesday 31st March 2020
Preference Ranking Opens
Selection Centre Booking Deadline Friday 3rd April 2020

Selection Centre

DCT1 - Tuesday 28th April 2020

DCT2 & DCT3 - Wednesday 29th April 2020

Preference Ranking Closes Friday 1st May 2020 (17:00)
Inital Offers Released Tuesday 19th May 2020
Hold Deadline Thursday 4th June 2020
Upgrade Deadline Thursday 11th June 2020
Feedback to Applicants By Friday 19th June 2020

Selection Centre Venues

London and KSS

Health Education England, Stewart House, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5DN
Midlands and East Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL
North St. James' Park, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST
South West and Wales Health Education England, Park House, Newbrick Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8YU
Scotland and Northern Ireland DoubleTree by Hilton, Edinburgh Airport, 100 Eastfield Road, Edinburgh, EH28 8LL

Post Descriptions

2019 Post Descriptions for each region can be found by clicking on the links below (These will be updated for 2020 recruitment and will be available by Tuesday 31st March 2020).