A programme to support NHS dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental nurses taking a prolonged career break
The Directorate has set up a programme to support dentists and DCPs working in the NHS who are taking a career break in excess of six months. Suitable applicants may be eligible to enrol on the Directorate’s Keeping in Touch Scheme (KITS) programme. This Scheme is currently free of charge.
Should you wish to join the scheme, please complete the application form.
Enrolment on the Scheme provides access to the following benefits:
- Dentist applicants must have worked in a dental practice as a ‘Performer’ providing NHS dental services in the Directorate area for a minimum of one year prior to applying to join the Scheme. Applicants must be on the NHS Performer List throughout their membership of the Scheme.
- DCP applicants must have worked in a dental practice providing NHS dental services in the Directorate area for a minimum of one year prior to applying to join the scheme
- Membership of the KITS Scheme is for a maximum of 2 years in any one period, although further periods of membership are possible following a return to work
- All applicants must be on the GDC register at the time of applying and throughout the membership of the Scheme; applicants must not be under GDC investigation by the GDC or NHSE Local Team, or have conditions placed upon their registration
- Applicants who are supported through the Directorate’s Restoring the Efficiency of Registrants programme are not also eligible for membership of KITS
- Applicants must state their intention to return to NHS primary care dental practice at a date in the future; all applicants must be able to demonstrate having had a commitment to NHS dental practice for at least three days per week for a minimum of one year prior to applying to join the Scheme
- Scheme members may not undertake any paid dental activity whilst members of the Scheme, without the prior written permission of the Postgraduate Dental Dean
- The applying dentist or DCP must meet with an allocated member of the Directorate’s Clinical Education team, prior to being accepted into the Scheme. A Personal Development Planning meeting must be held with the allocated member of the Directorate’s Clinical Education team within one month of joining the Scheme
- The Directorate reserves the right to withdraw the Scheme, in whole or in part, at any time
- The Directorate reserves the right to refuse or terminate membership of the Scheme, at its sole discretion
- The Directorate reserves the right to alter or amend the conditions and requirements at any time. Where possible, advance notice of any changes will be given to Scheme members