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Performers List Validation by Experience (PLVE)

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In England, all NHS Primary Care dentists must be included on the National Performers List held by NHS England that is managed by the Area Teams. Our local Area Teams are Wessex, Thames Valley, South Midlands and Hertfordshire.

To join the Performers List, the dentist must either have completed Foundation Training (Vocational Training), be undertaking Foundation Training or be exempt.

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To be exempt, a dentist must be a non-UK EEA national or hold an appropriate European diploma and General Dental Council (GDC) registration or have practised in primary care for two years (whole time) within the last four years, in community dental service or armed forces.

Dentists who are not exempt and do not have a Foundation Training (FT) / Vocational Training (VT) number or certificate will need to be assessed and complete any programme of training and period of supervised employment determined by the Postgraduate Dental Dean. At the end of that period the dentist will be required to provide the Dean with a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that he or she has successfully completed Foundation Training.

Depending on your experience and knowledge of NHS practice you may either need to just complete a portfolio, or also undergo a period of supervised training. You are responsible for finding a practice and a dentist who is prepared to act as your trainer and offer you a position within their practice. The Dean will need to approve both the trainer and the practice

The regulations that cover the national performers list are: The National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) Regulations 2013. Statutory instrument 2013 No. 335

If you do not have a FT/VT number or certificate and are considering applying to join the National Performers List you are advised to contact the NHS Area Team for more information.

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Last updated 26/07/2019


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