VT/DFT trainers must practise in the GDS. They should be in a stable
relationship with a practice, working as principals or employed or
self-employed performers, and able to demonstrate involvement in and
influence on the running of the practice and practice policy. Ideally,
trainers should be practice owners , but it is possible for dentists
working for corporate bodies to be appointed trainers if they are
significantly involved in clinic management.
Trainers need high
clinical and ethical standards, and should provide a wide range of
treatment. They should be able to show a commitment to postgraduate
education and training and understand the legal framework of general
practice. They should have been in practice in the GDS for at least four
Potential trainers are expected to show that they are:
Able to work as part of a team within a well-run practice
Flexible and able to cope with change and uncertainty
Good communicators with patients and other team members
Available and accessible to patients through an efficient appointments system and other methods of access
Willing to re-organise daily routine to allow for the presence of the VDP/FD
Training and developing staff
Able to self-assess with a good critical faculty.
trainers might show their commitment to CPD through their participation
in peer review, clinical audit, general practice research, or running
BDA or other professional meetings. It also helps to have undertaken
presentations at postgraduate/continuing training courses or had dental
articles, reviews or letters published. Many deaneries increasingly wish
their trainers to have postgraduate education diplomas.
return, trainers receive a trainer’s grant. The figure is stipulated in
the Statement of Financial Entitlements, which is normally revised on 1
April each year.
The standards to be a trainer are high – both in
terms of person specification and the standards that the practice itself
needs to meet. But if you are interested in sharing your experience
with a new graduate and you think that you satisfy the requirements
there is every chance you would be a suitable trainer. Get in touch with
your local postgraduate office and ask for a trainer application pack.
the introduction of national student recruitment to DFT (and previous
to that, in a number of pilot schemes), the opportunity for trainers to
choose their FD has diminished considerably, although the approach to
trainer involvement is different in regional areas. The BDA is concerned
about the lack of choice for trainers about the individual joining
their practice, and is constantly raising this issue with both the DH
and COPDEND. The issue is on the agenda of the Association's Committee
for Education, Ethics and the Dental Team.