About to return to practice?


When you are ready to return to practice, you need to decide how and where you wish to work. You will first have to ensure that your registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) is current and that your professional indemnity is up to date. If you wish to return to primary care NHS dentistry you will need to find a practice that can offer you a position and then apply to join the national Performers List. The requirements that cover inclusion on the Performers List are covered by the National Health Service (Performers List) (England) Regulations 2013.


Applying for inclusion on the national Dental Performers List

The application to be included on the Performers List can be obtained here. You will have to submit several documents to the NHS England (North East and Cumbria) and you will also have to show that you;

  • have completed Dental Foundation Training/Vocational Training, or
  • can demonstrate equivalence to Dental Foundation Training , or
  • are exempt from the requirement to undertake Dental Foundation Training

Additional information about how NHS England will process your application can be found in Annex 6 (Page 40) of their guidance.

If you have completed Dental Foundation Training/VT or are exempt, NHS England will assess your application without DMDE involvement, but may still choose to apply a number of conditions to your inclusion in the Performers List. This may include having to work for a period of time under the guidance of another dentist at your new practice.

If you have not completed Dental Foundation Training/VT or cannot prove exemption from the requirement to undertake Dental Foundation Training  click here for more information.   

If you are planning to work solely in private practice or in secondary care, you are not required to join the NHS Performers List and the above process does not apply. However, an increasing number of secondary care appointments include a NHS primary care commitment and require a Performers List number.

If you are intending to work in the NHS within the Directorate boundary and you require advice on any other these requirements please contact us.