Dental Therapist Foundation Training Educational Supervisor Applications


Being an Educational Supervisor for a Foundation Dental Therapist can be very rewarding and brings with it additional opportunities.  Many Educational Supervisors relish the opportunity to develop the skills of the therapists of the future as well as enhancing their own.  

Becoming an Educational Supervisor is a great way to introduce dental therapy to your practice and help your own career development. Here’s what two of our current ESs have to say:


Nick Marshall, Educational Supervisor

As an educational supervisor on the therapy scheme, I find it very rewarding to use my experience to help mentor a new graduate. Seeing someone progress from an inexperienced starter to a competent independent clinician under your guidance is very satisfying.

There are benefits to patient care as I feel happier booking longer appointments for those patients that would benefit from it without as much concern about the financial implications.

Supervising someone else also encourages me to reflect on my own practice and ensure that I am maintaining good standards. I am also given access to training opportunities through the deanery.

I have more control over the sorts of treatment I want to complete. Being able to refer straightforward restorative treatment allows me to focus on the more complex work that I find engaging. It also allows me to share the management of high needs patients who may require long treatment plans.

It offers variety to my day-to-day practice. Tutorials, hands on supervision and assisting on study days can offer a welcome change to the sometimes monotonous realities of clinical practice.’


Clare Hindmarch, Educational Supervisor

I enjoy my role as an Educational Supervisor for the Therapy Scheme. It is a valuable experience to mentor a newly qualified clinician in the early days of their career and allows me to develop my own reflective practice and ensure I maintain excellent standards in my clinical work. I enjoy the variety it brings to my working week and has encouraged my practice to work on our team referrals to fully utilise the scope of a Dental Therapist. ‘


Educational Supervisor Development Programme

A free range of study days tailored for Educational Supervisors, covering a range of clinical management topics


Educational Supervisor requirements:

Therapist in practice 3 days a week, must include a Monday

Available to support Foundation Therapist in practice 2 days per week

Years qualified: minimum of 4, post graduation

Qualifications: BDS or Dental Therapy qualification


Recruitment timeline for 2024/25 Academic Year:




Monday 4 December 2023

Application process opens

Thursday 28 December 2023

Deadline for pre checking applications

Midnight Sunday 14 January 2024

Closing date for applications

Week commencing 15 & 22 January 2024

Application longlisting & Shortlisting

February and March 2024  

Practice Visits

Friday 22 March 2024

Assessment & Feedback course for new applicants in Durham

Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 24 April 2024 - TBC

Face to Face assessment panel in Durham

Week commencing 29 April 2024

Candidates notified

Thursday 13 June 2024

Mandatory training event for new and returning Educational Supervisors in Durham

Friday 21 June 2024

Mandatory training event for all Educational Supervisors in Durham

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Mandatory Educational Supervisors/ Foundation Dental Therapist matching event in Durham



Pre-entry requirements:

  • Equality and Diversity course completed within the last three years
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Facilitating Learning in a Healthcare Practice.  Registration with any similar educational course will be acceptable at this stage subject to it being at Postgraduate certificate level or greater. Not a mandatory requirement for the first year of training.
    • Venue: Online teaching
    • Dates: 16 January, 13 February, 27 February, 27 March, 2 April 2024. 
    • January 2024 application deadline: 9 December 2023
    • Fee: £933
    • To enrol: Set up an account and search for the Facilitating Learning in a Healthcare Practice course commencing the new date.  For queries regarding the application process email 
    • If appointed, on completion of the course and proof of certificate, the course fee may be reimbursed (subject to available funding)