Refugee dentist stakeholder forum

Are you a refugee dentist?

If you are a refugee dentist, the BDA can offer advice and guidance on where to turn. 

To work as a dentist in the UK, refugee dentists must pass certain examinations: the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and the ORE (Overseas Registration Exam). 

The IELTS is an english language exam designed to test your language skills. The ORE is the overseas qualifying exam and tests your clinical knowledge and ability.

Following successful registration in the UK, dentists are also required to undertake a period of competency training to familiarise them with the UK system. For more information on all these requirements, please refer to the section: Working in the UK.

Organisations such as the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum and REACHE Northwest can provide active support while you work towards these exams. CARA, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, may also be able to provide support.

To discuss your options and how to get started, please contact Ulrike Matthesius.

Free year of membership to the BDA

The BDA offers a year’s free membership to all dentists who have been given full refugee status in the UK, please get in touch with our membership team.

Are you a Refugee Dentist Stakeholder Organisation?

If you are a refugee organisation supporting refugee dentists and would like to be involved, share knowledge and good practice then please contact us.

Refugee Dentist Stakeholder Forum

The BDA and The Refugee Council set up the Refugee Dentist Steering Group in 2002 to consider the substantial obstacles and difficulties refugee dentists have to overcome in the UK before they are allowed to start work. These include passing the IELTS and the ORE. Many also struggle to find relevant clinical attachments.

The group continues to champion the needs of refugee dentists, share knowledge and information amongst organisations and scans the horizon for upcoming issues likely to affect refugee dentists. Member organisations help and support individuals to undertake the IELTS and ORE examinations and find clinical placements.

The current membership consists of the BDA, BMA, Refugee Council, CARA, Department of Health, NHS Employers and REACHE Northwest.