Welcome to COPDEND

The UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors comprises all the Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors in the UK.

Postgraduate Dental Deans commission and manage the delivery of postgraduate dental education and training for the dental team. They are charged with developing and quality managing training in primary and secondary care so that trainees can reach their full potential and meet the future oral healthcare needs in the UK.

Postgraduate Dental Deans influence training opportunities and standards in NHS Trusts as well as dental foundation training practices. They also play a role in developing national policies on postgraduate dental education and implement new initiatives. Their role covers dental foundation and speciality training, national recruitment and retention in primary and secondary care. They are involved in leading the development of the dental workforce, including dental care professionals, as well as managing the provision and quality assurance of CPD for dental teams. They also provide support for doctors and dentists in difficulty.

COPDEND has representation on other stakeholder groups and committees.

This website is designed to act as a portal to the deaneries and other organisations working in postgraduate dental education and training and provides a resource for guidance documents and manuals agreed or produced by COPDEND.


We are currently in the process of reviewing and updating our website. Please note that there may be some inaccuracies during this time.