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DFT applicants urged to check their emails

5 January 2018


Update 10 January 2018: We understand that information about DFT places has now been released and the technical issues being experience by the organiser have been resolved.


Update 9 January 2018: We have been made aware that the DFT recruitment office have not yet released information about DFT places as was planned for yesterday (8 January). We understand this is due to technical issues and we are awaiting an update from the organisers on the situation.




The first round of dental foundation training (DFT) place allocations is due to begin on 8 January 2018. Individuals who applied for training posts commencing in March or September 2018 are urged to keep an eye on their Oriel and email accounts to find out their ranking and result following the assessments held in November 2017.


This process usually takes some time as those offered a place have 48 hours to accept or decline it, after which the place is re-offered, again with a 48-hour deadline to accept.


Applicants are encouraged to ensure that they confirm their placement in good time.


Candidates who have not been allocated a placement in the first couple of days should still keep an eye on their emails until the end of the month, in case a placement becomes available in the course of the next few weeks.


Applicants who have not been allocated to a training place when the first round closes will be included in a 'reserve list' and will be contacted by the organisers in the summer after the BDS examinations have finished, when a second round of allocations will take place of any places not taken up.


The number of funded places at this stage is usually lower than the number of applicants, and thus a number of individuals will not be given a place at this stage.


The BDA campaigns intensively to ensure that all UK graduates who want to do DFT should be able to do so, as it is their only way for entry to the performers/NHS lists and work in NHS primary care dentistry.


Last year all eligible UK applicants received a place, including those on the reserve list. This was welcome news after concerns about place numbers that year and several graduates left without a place in 2016. The BDA will continue to monitor this year's figures very closely to ensure every student who wants a DFT place can secure one.