Dental Therapist Foundation Training Recruitment 2021/22 in the North East and North Cumbria




Health Education England North East and North Cumbria (HEENE), are recruiting a minimum of 6 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.


We've produced a short video about the Programme which you may find helpful. Please note that content was accurate at the time of recording and posts advertised for 2021/22 may differ from those discussed.


Covering the North East, the scheme runs from Autumn 2021 until 31 August 2022. It is anticipated that any Foundation Dental Therapist joining the programme from September 2021 will be employed by a lead employer trust model.


Study days are held at our dedicated training facility at Bourne House, Durham.

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
  • Minimum of 18 organised study days based at our clinical facility in Durham
  • Over 100 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 environment. Trainees are employed 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 eighteen 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. 


Enhanced Programme:

For our 2021/22 programme we have placements in additional services and specialties.

These placements include working in outreach Oral Health Education, Community Dental Services, Specialist Paediatric departments, Research and Dental Public Health.

Places will be offered on a competitive basis and where possible we will attempt to allocate people based on geographical location but this may not always be feasible based on demand and availability.


Oral Health Education placement:

This placement is with the Directorate of Multi-Disciplinary Dental Education based at our Bourne House facility in Durham, but it is outreach teaching so commuting across the North East region will be required. You will be involved with educating other health professionals in Oral health, for example visiting Care Homes, Pharmacies or GP Practices. As part of your training you will also complete a Level 3 Qualification in Education and Training.


Community Dental Services placement:

This placement will be based at Community Dental Service (CDS) sites across the North East in NHS Foundation Trusts. It will involve working with CDS teams, within your scope of practice, giving you an experience of working in specialist services and provide opportunity for more diverse career pathways.


Paediatric Dental Department Placement:

This placement is based on the Paediatric Department at Newcastle Dental Hospital. It will involve working with the clinical team on the department, experiencing the unique aspects of specialist paediatric dental care.


Dental Public Health

This is a non-clinical placement based with the Dental Public Health team in the North east. You will be working alongside other Specialist Public Health trainees on projects across the region, that will integrate with Local authorities and Health and Social Care systems. It will include training on analysing and manipulation of large data sets, with an aim to present the outcomes of these projects at a national meeting/conference and include a possible publication in a peer reviewed journal. There may be need for travelling across the region as part of data collection activity, and therefore independent transport will be required. 


Research Placement:

One placement will be available to work with the Clinical Research Team at Newcastle University School of Dental Science. Due to the lead time on research and the length of time of the programme, this placement will involve desk-based projects (e.g. secondary data analysis, systemic reviews or economic analysis). It will provide a fantastic opportunity to be involved directly in a research project, giving insight into possible future career pathways in academic research.



Vacancies for our 2021/22 programme have been filled.


Application Process

Applications for the 2021/22 programme are now closed.



For information regarding Educational Supervisor Recruitment please click here


For further information regarding the programme please refer to the HEENE website: