Change in Dental Foundation Recruitment Timing Consultation


 Dental Foundation Training recruitment has traditionally been held in November since it became a national process in 2011. All DFT Trainees (FDs), except for those in Scotland, are recruited via this process during a single week in one of six centres. This consultation is designed to seek the views of a range of stakeholders on the proposal to move elements of the process to after UK Dental School release their Finals results.

At the present time, the national recruitment process occurs a significant time before most UK applicants take their finals and for this, and other reasons, the timing of recruitment has been questioned.  Most undergraduate Dental Schools announce finals results in the last week of May or the first week of June.  The change of start date of DFT posts from August to September now makes holding recruitment after UK undergraduate finals a real possibility.

DFT National Recruitment is not an exam - it is a competitive allocation to a training place.  We are assessing the suitability of an individual to manage the requirements to work as a GDP - team working, effective communication, ability to evaluate patient needs and expectations etc.

It is intended that the face-to-face element of DFT National Recruitment would take place in the second half of June. This change has already been made in Scotland for the 2018 recruitment round. Offers would then be made during the last week of June/ first week of July, allowing approximately eight weeks’ notice of the allocated DFT scheme. 

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