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Health Education England Thames Valley & Wessex Dental School work across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver high quality evidence-informed dental education and training. We aim to help GDC registrants to meet their individual educational needs, develop their skills and maintain high standards in order to provide the best possible care for patients.


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Job Opportunity - Training Programme Director for Special Care Dentistry

Applications are invited for a Training Programme Director for Special Care Dentistry for the South Region (Wessex & Thames Valley and the South West).

Download a job description and application form.

If you would like to discuss this role in more detail please contact Pamela Ellis (, Associate Dean for Specialty Training SW; or Dr Jane Powell (, Associate Dean Post-Foundation Wessex & Thames Valley.

The post attracts funding in recognition of the time that will be required for the duties of a TPD. This is calculated on a pro rata basis according to the number of training posts and will be discussed at interview.

To apply, please complete and return the above application template to no later than Friday 19th January 2018 at 12 noon.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 1st February 2018 in Bristol.



Therapist Foundation Training

Would you like to consolidate and develop your skills as a dental therapist whilst being supported in General Practice?

The Dental Therapists Foundation Training Scheme (DTFT) is an exciting opportunity designed to ease the journey of newly qualified dental therapists from undergraduate studies to working successfully in a general dental practice environment. For more information and to download an application form, please visit out Therapist Foundation Training Page.


Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD)

Keeping your skills, knowledge and competence up to date throughout your career is a vital part of being a dental professional. From January 2018 the General Dental Council has developed a new style Enhanced CPD scheme which is designed to be flexible, so you can plan activity to suit your professional needs, and adapt your activity as required across your CPD cycle. Depending on your registrant title, you must do a certain minimum number of hours of verifiable CPD for each five year cycle. You may continue to do non-verifiable CPD, however all hours submitted to the GDC must be verifiable.

For further information visit:

All courses run by Health Education England will be aligned to the development outcomes to fulfil the requirements of the new style ECPD. We are currently developing our programme for the courses in 2018 to provide suitable courses to meet all four development outcome areas. If there is a course that you would like to attend in order to complete your Personal Development Plan (PDP) that we currently don’t deliver please contact Katy Kerr at  with suggestions for courses that you would like to see in the future.

GDC Development Outcome Example of CPD Content
A. Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk.
  • Communication skills
  • Consent
  • Complaints handling
  • Safeguarding, raising, concerns
B. Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients at all times; providing constructive leadership where appropriate.
  • Effective practice management Business management
  • Team working
C. Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice.
  • Clinical and technical areas of study
  • Radiography
  • Cross infection control
  • Medical emergencies and CPR
  • CPD on quality assurance for MHRA
  • CPD specific for your daily role(s)
D. Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first
  • Ethical and legal issues and developments
  • Professional behaviours
  • Equality and diversity training

For more information please visit our section on Dental Enhanced CPD Courses



Dental Foundation Trainer Selection

We are looking for qualified and experienced dentists to become Trainers on our Dental Foundation, Therapist Foundation, and Dental Core Training schemes across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Oxfordshire. Please download our advert for more information.

Please visit our 'Trainer Selection 2018' page for more information on how to apply.



Dental Foundation Trainee Recruitment 2018

Please visit our Dental Foundation Training page for more information on how to apply. 



Foundation Degree in Advanced Dental Nursing

HEE Thames Valley and Wessex will be hosting an innovative Foundation Degree in Advanced Dental Nursing in collaboration with the Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and The University of Kent. The programme will start in September 2017 and applications are open now.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions for further details and instructions on how to apply. 



Antimicrobial Resistance Audit Opportunity

Public Health England and HEE Thames Valley and Wessex are running a microbial prescribing audit project in the Thames Valley area, please see details about how you and your practice can be paid for completing an audit.

Antimicrobial resistance and appropriate prescribing is an important topic for dentists and the audit will allow practitioners to assess their compliance with guidelines in order to benchmark their current level of compliance. All results are independently collated and completely anonymised. By participating you will:

  • Gain confidence in prescribing according to national standards
  • Receive personalised feedback on your prescribing habits
  • Earn 2 hours verifiable CPD
  • Take part in an audit which is supported and funded


Please click the links for more information about taking part in this audit:


If you require any further information or for general queries please contact:

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Therapist Foundation Trainee Recruitment for 2017-2018 has now closed

Please visit our Therapist Foundation Training page for further details.


National Dental Core Training Recruitment 2017

Please see visit our Dental Core Training page for more information.


Working Towards Dementia Friendly Dental Practices

It is reported by the Alzheimer’s Research trust that there are approximately 820,000 people with dementia in the UK today and this number is predicted to double in the next 30 years. Figures for the Thames Valley showed an estimated 24,515 people with dementia in 2014.

ArrowClick here to find out more about the scheme to help members of the dental team provide supportive care environments for dementia patients. 


The Appointment

Improving access to dental services for people with dementia is of paramount importance. It can significantly improve their quality of life and prevent further problems associated with poor oral health.Click image to view "The Appointment" on Youtube

“The Appointment” is a short film inspired by an award winning series of films called “Barbara’s Story” that was developed to highlight issues around caring for people with dementia in an acute hospital setting. It is intended to show insight into just how confusing attending a dental appointment can be for someone with dementia and highlights the crucial role played by the whole team, especially receptionists and dental nurses, in supporting vulnerable patients.

» Click here to view "The Appointment" on Youtube
» Click here to download "The Appointment" in MP4 file format
 Click here to download the resource pack for The Appointment (pdf)

Tips for Trainers

  • Dementia training is important and is relevant for all members of the dental team. The principles of caring, compassion, good communication, competence and commitment apply to all patients regardless of their age.
  • Ask the audience to turn off their phones and bleepers at the start
  • This film has been designed to trigger discussion. It is not intended to tell people what to do but to help them to develop a sense of things that they could do.
  • Allow space and time for them to think about what they have seen before you start the discussion.
  • Make the point that there are people who show a caring and compassionate attitude in the film


Change to Dental Nurse Training Courses

The Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Training Programme (DNATP) is a partnership between Eastleigh College and Health Education Thames Valley and Wessex, will not have a new intake of Dental Nurse Apprentices for this academic year commencing September 2015.

Dental Nurses Apprentices who are already enrolled on the programme will continue to be supported by Eastleigh College Assessors and will be able to attend monthly local teaching sessions in Oxford and on the Isle of Wight Information about alternative providers for those wishing to take a qualification in Dental Nursing leading to registration with the General Dental Council at:


Tax for Dentists

HMRC has launced an eLearning course for dental practitioners. This course is aimed at helping dentists who are looking to set up their own practice and covers taxation & record keeping topics specific to the dental industry. 

'Tax for Dentists'

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