Vocational Training and Dental Foundation Training recruitment
Foundation Training (DFT) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Vocational Training (VT) in Scotland introduces new
graduates to general practice. It provides a protected environment to
work in for a year whilst they undertake training to prepare for working
in the NHS.
Each Foundation Dentist (FD) or Vocational
Dental Practitioner (VDP) has
a trainer dentist in the same practice.
The trainer provides the FD/VDP with supervision and help whenever it is
needed, as well as meeting with them for regular tutorials. The trainer
takes responsibility for the acts and omissions of the FD/VDP. Whilst
the FD/VDP, as a registered dentist, will be liable for their own
The recruitment process in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is different to Scotland. An overview of both process is shown below. Our Getting your first job guide
also gives more detailed information.
The DFT application process
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the following application process takes place each year.
The VT application process - Scotland
In Scotland the following application process takes place each year. NHS Scotland also produce a useful guide.
Please note, the Scottish longitudinal schemes have a different recruitment process. See the NHS Scotland timetablefor details.
Written specifically for final year students, our Getting your first job guide
gives in-depth information about DFT/VT and longitudinal schemes. Updated every
year, it contains useful advice about the recruitment process and
what to expect in your training year. All final year student members will be posted a copy at the start of the autumn term.
We tour all UK dental schools with our interview skills lecture in the autumn term.
For students applying to DFT in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we also run a one-day intensive workshop to help you prepare for the interview.
General interview advice
Our film 'interviewing for an associate job' includes some helpful, practical advice that can be applied to all job interviews.
Newly qualified members
If you've already graduated, our Starting Out guide is designed to support newly qualified members in the early stages of your career.
You can also download our free Into Practiceapp. Written by BDA advisers, with newly qualified
dentists in mind, the app is full of advice designed to help recent graduates make a smooth and successful transition into practice.