Dental Therapist Foundation Training Recruitment 2022/23 in the North East and North Cumbria




Health Education England North East and North Cumbria (HEENE), are recruiting two trainees to the following full time training posts as part of the Dental Therapist Foundation Training programme (DTFT). 


Post A – 3 days a week at Deneholme Dental Practice, Birtley, 1 day a week with both Dental Public Health, Newcastle and with the Clinical Research Team at Newcastle University.

Post D – 3 days a week at BUPA Dental Care, Darlington and 2 days a week in Dental Public Health, Teesside


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 North East and North Cumbria, the scheme runs from 1 September 2022 until 31 August 2023.

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 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 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:

As part of the 2022/23 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.



A full recruitment timeline can be found here

  • Application deadline: Sunday 5 June 2022
  • Interview date: Tuesday 21 June 2022
  • Interview venue: Online via MS Teams

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.



All posts commence 1 September 2022 and terminate 31 August 2023.

Salary: £27,779.00 per annum

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


Application Process

Please note that there is a strict application policy that applications cannot be accepted after the deadline.

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

  1. Dental Therapist Foundation Training Person Specification
  2. Dental Therapist Foundation Training Job Description
  3. Post Information Sheet
  4. Training Practice and Educational Supervisor Information - Post A and Post D
  5. Applicant Guidance Document

These documents contain specific and detailed information with regards to the posts available so please read them thoroughly to ensure that you fill out your application form and rank your preferences correctly.  

Application forms and Equality and Diversity forms must be submitted electronically to  by the closing date of midnight, Sunday 5 June 2022. You will not be able change your application once it has been submitted. Any queries regarding your application can be emailed to;  

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



Interview Process

Length of interview and structure: Online face to face assessment – approx.15 minutes. The assessment process will be made up of a face-to-face interview via Microsoft Teams.

Offer Date: Offers will be made via e-mail by Wednesday 22/ Thursday 23 June 2022.


Contacts and Enquiries

Application enquiries and programme enquiries:  




For information regarding Educational Supervisor Recruitment please click here


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