Dental Core Training


Welcome to Dental Core Training


Health Education England working across the North East and Cumbria currently offers Dental Core Training (DCT) in levels 1, 2 and 3.  Our DCT posts currently offer trainees experience of working across a range of settings including hospitals and community practices where there are opportunities to work in the following specialties (these may be subject to change for 2020 recruitment):

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Oral Medicine/Sedation
  • Community Dental Practices
  • Dental Public Health
  • Oral Surgery/Paediatric Dentistry Surgery

We are planning a large expansion of DCT posts starting in September 2021. This is great news for those looking to progress their career in this region, whether it is to gain further skills and experience after Dental Foundation Training, or to progress towards specialisation. We currently have 33 DCT posts, in addition to the 2-year GPT Scheme which incorporates Dental Foundation Training and DCT1.

The new DCT posts will focus on currently under-represented specialties in DCT. Planned posts include new DCT posts in oral surgery, paediatric dentistry, special care dentistry, oral medicine, sedation and orthodontics. There are already many posts in OMFS and CDS around the region, plus a range of posts at DCT1 - 3 in various specialties at Newcastle Dental Hospital and elsewhere. Applications for these posts are via DCT national recruitment.