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:

The application window for 2023/24 has closed



Friday 6 January 2023

Application process opens

Friday 27 January 2023

Deadline for pre checking applications

Noon Friday 10 February 2023

Closing date for applications

Week commencing 13 February 2023

Application longlisting & Shortlisting

February and March 2023 

Practice Visits

Friday 31 March 2023

Assessment & Feedback course for new applicants in Durham

Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 April 2023

Face to Face assessment panel in Durham

Week commencing 1 May 2023

Candidates notified

Thursday 15 June 2023

Mandatory training event for new and returning Educational Supervisors in Durham

Friday 23 June 2023

Mandatory training event for all Educational Supervisors in Durham

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Mandatory matching event for all Educational Supervisors 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: 17 January 2023, 14 February 2023, 14 March 2023, 4 April 2023, 2 May 2023
    • Fee: £867
    • 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)