Dental Foundation Training

Dental Foundation Training is a one-year vocational training programme after Dental school. It’s purpose is to “enhance clinical and administrative competence and promote high standards through relevant postgraduate training and meet the needs of general dental practice in the NHS” (Royal College of Surgeons).

Foundation Dentists (FDs) spend a year in approved practices undertaking training. It introduces gradate dentists to general dental practice under the supervision of an experienced dentist ‘educational supervisor’ (ES). In some practices, two dentists share this role. The ESs provide supervision and help where needed and deliver tutorials.

FD’s work a 35-hour week, are salaried, employed by their accredited training practice and meet regularly for educational study days.

Educational Supervisors and FD’s are formed locally into  schemes comprising of 14-16 FD’s and their Educational Supervisors. Schemes are managed by Training Programme Directors.

The FDs written contract of employment with the Educational Supervisor/Training Practice (The Trainee's Contract) is nationally agreed.

Upon satisfactory completion of Dental Foundation Training, dentists receive Certificates of Completion signed by the Postgraduate Dental Dean. Dentists who possess such Certificates are allocated NHS dental performer list numbers, upon application, which enable them to work in the General Dental Services.

The Dental team, led by the Associate Dental Dean for Foundation Training, are committed to helping dental foundation trainees across the region achieve their full potential as dentists, and to prepare them for a fulfilling and rewarding career in dentistry.

Training Programme Directors (TPD’s):

Each Dental Foundation Training Programme Director is responsible for different aspects of training within a given area these are:

  • Educational Supervisor reviews and meetings: Peter Mauthe, Davesh Patel
  • Foundation Trainee performance and well-being: Sharon Biant, Sushil John
  • Educational Workplace: Nikita Vora
  • Non-Dental Health care settings: Shabir Shivji, Vince Chen, Lena Vakil 

Educational Supervisor Re-appointment Process for September 2022 Dental Foundation Training Scheme

Details on the deadlines to re-apply to be a Dental Foundation Educational supervisor from September 2022 will be sent to all current educational supervisor practices and registered interested parties from  For the timelines of this process please see below 

Key Dates

Applications open (09.00)

Friday 8th April 2022 (9am)

Applications close (09:00)

Tuesday 26th April (9am)

Application outcome notification

Monday 6th June (5pm)

Posts commence

1st September 2022


New Educational Supervisor Trainer Recruitment 2022

Applications for New trainer recruitment opens on the 4th May 2022 and close on Monday 23rd May 2022 at 09:00am. This is a targeted recruitment for specific geographical areas. This is East Kent and specific sites in London (please see map below for specific areas). Please note that any sites that are not within these targeted areas will not be considered for recruitment and will be removed at shortlisting of sites.  If you are a practice in East Kent or one of the regions circled in the map below and you want to make an application please do so here:

New Site practice descriptor form:

Map of London areas we are looking to recruit to can be found at the bottom of this page.

Recommended references

 For further information for current trainees and Covid-19: 

Dental Foundation New trainer recruitment - London areas we are recruiting to: