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Trainer Recruitment 2015

Do you want to inspire, motivate and support recently qualified dentists or therapists?

Health Education Thames Valley & Wessex are now recruiting a new intake of dentists to become Dental Foundation, Therapist Foundation, and Dental Core Trainers for the 2015-2016 programmes.

Applications open on 20 October 2014 until 21 November. Please visit our Trainer Recruitment 2015-16 page for further details on how to apply.

Dental Online certificates and evaluation forms

From the 1st August 2014, if you have attended a Health Education Thames Valley and Wessex course you will be able to complete your course evaluation form and download your certificates online. This means you can download your certificates anytime and print as many copies as you wish. You will also be able to download a certificate for courses you attended before 1st August 2014.

For more information, please see the document regarding online certificates and evaluation forms.

Dental Core Trainee Recruitment 2014

Applications are invited for appointment to Dental Core Training Recruitment Year 1 in London, Thames Valley and Wessex.

  • The opening date for Dental Core applications is 10 March 2014
  • The closing date for Dental Core applications 7 April 2014
  • Interviews will take place on 14, 15 and 16 May 2014 at London Shared Services Events Centre


Please visit London Deanery's Dental Recruitment Page for further details.

Late applications will not be considered.

Foundation Trainer Recruitment 2014

Do you want to inspire, motivate and support recently qualified Dentists or Therapists?

Oxford and Wessex Deaneries is now recruiting a new intake of dental professionals to become Foundation Dentist and Therapist Trainers for the 2014-2015 programmes.

Applications open from 22 October until 18 November.

Please visit the Foundation Trainer Recruitment 2014 page for more details.

Important Information: DF1 National Recruitment 2013

London Deanery is managing all applications to DF1 National Recruitment for 2013 therefore any enquiries about the process or offers should be directed to the London Deanery.

Offers are expected to be made on 9 January 2013. If you are offered a place within the the Oxford and Wessex Deaneries you can visit the links below to finds out more about your assigned scheme:


Once notified, you will need to accept the offer as advised by the London Deanery within 48 hours.

There is no need to contact us as the London Deanery will notify us of any confirmed offers.

Successful applicants must attend a 'Meet and Greet' selection centre at their local scheme centre on Thursday 21 March 2013 to meet trainers and practice staff so that allocations to individual training practices can be made. Please notify your dental school about this date as soon as your offer has been confirmed. We will write to you with details by the end of February 2013.

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DF1 Trainer Recruitment 2013

Applications for 2013 schemes have now closed. For more details on the application process this year please visit the DF1 Trainer Recruitment 2013 page.

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DF2 and Senior House Officer Recruitment 2013

Recruitment for Dental Foundation Year 2 and Senior House Officer trainees will take place from February 2013. Information on how to apply will be made available on this website nearer the time.

  • The opening date for DF2 applications is 11 February 2013
  • The closing date for DF2 applications is 11 March 2013
  • Interviews will take place on 23 April 2013 - venue to be confirmed
  • There are a limited number of SHO posts in the region in District General Hospitals' OMFS units.


Please visit the DF2 and SHO training page for more information about recruitment. 

*Please note that satisfactory completion of DF1 /Vocational Training is essential in order to qualify for a DF2 post.

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DNSTART provides an interim induction for Dental Nurses on the role of dental nursing and dentistry as a whole. It is particularly suitable for those that are new to the profession and have not yet completed their training, or for those returning to dental nursing after a career break.

The Oxford & Wessex Deaneries are offering a limited number of the DNSTART on-line induction programmes free to NHS dental practices, which can be claimed by following the link above (please note this offer is restricted to one copy per NHS practice).

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Links and Information

The South Central Strategic Health Authority reorganisation means that NESC has disappeared and Oxford and Wessex Deaneries are once again two separate medical deaneries. The Dental School provides training and continuing professional development for Dentists and Dental Care Professionals ( DCP s) across both deaneries but is hosted by Oxford Deanery. There are Dental School offices in both deaneries because of the large geographical area. Although the website has changed the course booking system is unaffected and there are links on both Oxford and Wessex Deanery websites to the Dental School.

The Dental School was formed in April 2007, combining Oxford PGMDE and the Wessex Deanery Dental Departments. We have offices in Oxford and Winchester and a network of Tutors and Advisers across NHS South Central and Northamptonshire.

We provide postgraduate and post registration education and training for Dentists and Dental Care Professionals in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire - see the map showing the extent of our activities.

We offer Foundation Training Programmes (Vocational Training and Dental SHO posts); Specialist Training Programmes (Orthodontics and Dental Public Health) and a wide range of continuing professional development courses for the dental team. We also manage medical specialist training programmes in Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery in Oxford and Wessex.

We have recently developed new programmes for Dental Care Professionals, including a Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Training Programme and a Dental Therapist Vocational Training Scheme.

NHS Introduction Courses are available for Non- UK dentists wishing to undertake Vocational Training by Assessment.

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Online Courses


**Course booklet

We have found a number of typographical errors and omissions in our recently published course booklet. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please refer to the website course directory for the most up to date information.**

Download our Postgraduate Dental Course Guide 2012-2013.

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