Dental Public Health National Recruitment 2022


Recruitment Information

The Recruitment round for posts commencing in August 2022 is now closed.  Please refer to the timeline for further information.

NIHR Academic Recruitment

Those applying for NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship benchmarking only, please refer to the guidance for recruitment and appointment avaiilable on the NIHR website.

The Assessment Centre

 Assessment tests took place on 12th January 2022.

Applicants who were invited to attend the assessment centre will be required to reach a minimum standard test at the tests of numeracy and critical reasoning and the situational judgement test.  Applicants meeting this standard will be then ranked according to their scores at assessment.  Applicants failing to meet the minimum standard at assessment centre will be notified at this stage that their application will not proceed further.

For further information relating to the assessment centre, please click here.

Selection Centre

Top ranked applicants from the written tests will be invited to a virtual selection centre process which will take place on 10th May 2022. This will take the form of a digital interview of approximately 1 hour per candidate.  Please note exact stations and durations are to be finalised once the process is confirmed.  Further details relating to the selection centre process will appear here in due course.

DCT 2 Equivalence


The demonstration of Dental core training year 2 competencies is now an essential requirement for all specialty training programmes. The only acceptable format to demonstrate equivalence since August 2021 is to submit a  COPDEND approved National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE).  In future  applications to  acquire an NCDCE will be accepted  within a standalone window on an annual basis.  However a modification has been introduced to accommodate this year’s applicants  to specialty training programmes while awareness of the NCDCE process builds. This will be clearly signposted within National recruitment application process. The modification above has been arranged  for this year only

The modification facilitates applicants to apply for an NCDCE  between January 18th  2022 and February 8th 2022 in parallel to their specialty recruitment application. All the relevant information  on the NCDCE  process can be accessed through the following link –

The NCDCE if awarded will be accepted by National recruitment offices  as satisfactory evidence of having acquired competencies equivalent to DCT year 2 . Please note there will be no other acceptable  method of demonstrating equivalence  to  DCT year 2 competencies. In the event your specialty recruitment takes place in the Autumn  of 2021 applicants to your specialty  will still be able to avail of the NCDCE  application window January 18th  2022 and February 8th 2022.  

Information for Current Trainees

Access essential information on regulations, study leave, certification, assessment and the curriculum.

Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

Visit our Recruitment website to find out what it's like to be a GP trainee in the north east and north Cumbria.