Welcome to the specialty of Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a dental specialty which deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaws. To become a GDC-registered orthodontic specialist, you need to complete a 3 year full-time (or equivalent past-time) specialty training programme, consisting of clinical training in a hospital setting and academic study in a university. In order to successfully complete specialty training, you will need to meet all the mandatory clinical requirements of the programme and pass the Royal College of Surgeons Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) examination.

HEENE will ensure the minimum research curriculum requirements are met with the support of Academic staff from Newcastle University as part of the Orthodontic training programme. 

For candidates wishing to secure a formal qualification in research, the successful postholder may independently enrol on a Masters in Research at Newcastle University.  The link to this can be found here. However, the postholder must meet all associated costs connected to this qualification.

There are currently 7 orthodontic specialty training posts in the North East and Cumbria. These posts are based at Newcastle Dental Hospital, The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. On completion of specialist training, you can work as an orthodontic specialist in primary care, or you can apply for a 2 year full time (or equivalent part-time) post-CCST training programme and train to become a hospital consultant. There are currently 3 post-CCST training posts in the North East and Cumbria.

For more information about orthodontic specialty training in the North East and Cumbria, please contact the Training Programme Director Sally Walker sally.walker@ncic.nhs.uk



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