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Dental Vocational (Foundation) Training

New or recent graduates from UK dental schools must satisfactorily complete a one year programme of Vocational (Foundation) Training in order to be eligible to hold a Health Board list number. The list number allows dentists to work as associates or principals in NHS General Dental Practice.

The aim of Vocational Training (VT) in dentistry is to enhance clinical and administrative competence and promote high standards through relevant postgraduate training so as to allow participants to meet the needs of general dental practice.

Vocational (Foundation) Training is centered on approved training practices with a complementary educational support programme of normally 25 study days.  Training practices are inspected to ensure that high standards are maintained and a dentist in each training practice is identified as the Trainer. The Trainer is expected to maintain high standards of clinical practice as well as possess an extensive postgraduate record. Each training scheme normally has 12 training pairs which fosters small group teaching. An Adviser acts as facilitator and organiser of each scheme.


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