Dental Core Training

National Dental Core Training (DCT) Recruitment 2019

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 (the DCT National Recruitment 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.

Longlisted applicants will be invited to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and subsequently attend one of the five national selection centres held from 29th April to 3rd May 2019. 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.  Offers will be made in rank order by performance.  Please download the applicant guide below for more information, along with the person specifications for each vacancy.

To download a copy of the Dental Silver Guide and the UK Dental Core Training Curriculum, please visit the COPDEND website.

All DCT recruitment queries should be directed to 


NHS Jobs Adverts Appear Tuesday 15th January 2019
Oriel Adverts Appear Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Applications Open Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Adverts and Applications Close Tuesday 12th February 2019
SJT Invitations Sent Monday 11th March 2019 (6pm)
SJT Assessment Window Wednesday 20th - Wednesday 27th March 2019
Selection Centre Invitations Sent Tuesday 2nd April 2019 (6pm)
Selection Centre Booking Deadline Friday 5th April 2019 (6pm)

Selection Centre Window


Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd May 2019

*Please see below for specific details*

Inital Offers Released Monday 20th May 2019
Hold Deadline Thursday 13th June 2019
Upgrade Deadline Thursday 20th June 2019
Final Iteration of Offers Friday 21st June 2019
Paperwork Deadline No Later than Friday 28th June 2019

SJT Assessment / Selection Centre Attendance

It is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that leave is booked appropriately and sufficient notice is provided to Training Units.

Selection Centre Dates

London - Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd May 2019

Midlands - Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May 2019

North - Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May 2019

Scotland and Northern Ireland - Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May 2019

South West and Wales - Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May 2019

Post Descriptions

Post descriptions for each region can be found by clicking on the links below: