NHS England Workforce, Training & Education Northeast and North Cumbria

Dental Therapist Foundation Training

Recruitment 2024/25 (local process)



NHSE Workforce, Training and Education Northeast (NHSE W,T&E NE), are recruiting up to a maximum of 12 trainees into Dental Therapist Foundation Training (DTFT). 

The Dental Therapists Foundation Training programme (DTFT) has been developed to support newly qualified Dental Therapists during their transition into the Primary Dental Care workforce.

The Scheme places particular emphasis on providing continued support and education in a clinical environment, as well as assisting the development of personal skills and knowledge through the educational study day programme and supported by Educational Supervisors and the Training Programme Director.

Covering the Northeast and North Cumbria, the programme will commence 1 September 2024 until 31 August 2025.


Foundation Dental Therapists benefit from:

  • employed placement in primary care NHS Practice for 3-days per week and 2 days a week in an enhanced programme placement (see job description)
  • Minimum of 25 organised study days
  • Over 150 hours of CPD
  • Support of a dedicated Educational Supervisor in practice
  • Set aside time in practice for one-to-one learning
  • Support and networking from your peers
  • Access to the National e-Portfolio for Dental Foundation Training


DTFT posts consist of placements in General Dental Practice and Community Dental Services or as part of schemes working in both the primary and secondary care and non-clinical environments. Trainees are employed by the training practice under a standard contract for 35 hours per week. One day per week during term time is designated a study day, usually at our local postgraduate centre in Belmont, Durham. There is a minimum of twenty five study days per year that must be attended in order to complete the programme.

Successful completion of this placement will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Dental Therapist Foundation Training. 

All posts commence 1 September 2024 and terminate 31 August 2025.


Salary: £35,392.00 per annum


You can watch a video (here) to learn more about Dental Therapist Foundation Training in the Northeast.


All vacancies advertised are subject to change based on service, education and training configuration.


Application Timeline and Process



Friday 22 March 2024

Application window opens

Sunday 28 April 2024

Closing date for applications

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Face to face interviews in Durham

Friday 24 May 2024

Conditional offers made to applicants

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Meet the Educational Supervisor event in Durham

By Wednesday 3 July 2024

Confirmation of Educational Supervisor and training practice

Monday 2 September 2024

Induction day and commencement of training


Before you complete your application form it is imperative that you download and read the following documents in their entirety:

These documents contain specific and detailed information with regards to the posts available so please read them thoroughly.


Your completed Application Form and Equality and Diversity Information is to be submitted no later than Sunday 28 April to england.dft.ne@nhs.net



You will not be able to change your application once it has been submitted. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be progressed.


Interview Process

  • Interview date: Wednesday 22 May 2024
  • Interview venue: Bourne House, Mandale Business Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 1TH


Applicants that are invited to interview will need to ensure that commitments are scheduled to allow time off for attendance at the interview. There will be no alternative interview dates available. 


Length of interview and structure: In person face to face at Bourne House, Mandale Business Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 1TH – approx.25 minutes.


Offer Date: Offers will be made via e-mail no later than 5pm Friday 24 May 2024.


Post Preferencing: Preferencing will take place 26 June 2024.  Applicants will have the opportunity to meet Educational Supervisors and rank all training posts.


Contacts and Enquiries


Application and programme enquiries should be submitted to: england.dft.ne@nhs.net  

2023-24 scheme training practice map


For information regarding Educational Supervisor Recruitment please click here


For further information regarding the programme please refer to the HEENE website: https://madeinheene.hee.nhs.uk/dental_training/Dental-Therapists.