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, once you have found a position within a practice, you need to apply to join the national Dental Performers List.

When applying for inclusion on the national Dental Performers List, you will 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.  You will be exempt from the requirement if you have qualified in the EEA (unless you qualified at a UK dental school).

If you have completed Dental Foundation Training/VT or are exempt, NHS England will assess your application and may still choose to apply a number of conditions to your inclusion in the Performers List.

If you have not completed Dental Foundation Training/VT or cannot prove exemption from the requirement to do so click here for the Performers List Validation by Experience process.     

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.

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