Application Process - Educational Supervisor September 2023 - 2024

The application process is now open for Dental Foundation Training – New Educational Supervisors for the cohort 2023 to 2024.

1.  Before you complete the application form, please ensure that you read and download the guidance document, which has been prepared to assist you with the process of submitting documents. The guidance can be found here  NEW DFT ES APPLICANT GUIDE    This guidance also contains important information detailing how you will receive access to your secure application folder.
2.  Download and complete the self-audit assessment by clicking this link  Self Audit Assessment
3.  Complete the application form    DFT NEW ES Application 2023 to 2024

The Application Process will open 18th November 2022 with a closing date of 4th January 2023 (extended from the original closing date of 16th  December 2022)


The Dental Foundation Training Scheme (DFT) aims to provide new graduates with an introduction into general practice.  The one-year training period takes place primarily in a training practice under the guidance of an experienced practitioner and involves the Foundation Dentist (FD) attending a study programme equating to thirty days during the training year. 

There are several reasons for wanting to become an Educational Supervisor (ES). Educational Supervisors agree that the Dental Foundation Training Scheme is an invaluable introduction to general practice post-qualification.  Educational Supervisors want to pass on their experience and help new graduates to become effective and efficient general dental practitioners. An FD would generally need about half the workload of an associate. 

FDs currently attract a contract value of approx. £78,296.28 though this may be subject to nationally published figures. This includes a training grant, service costs and refund of National Insurance contributions. The FDs are no longer employed by the practice but the Lead Employer. It is the Lead Employer who pays the salary and provides HR support throughout the year.

As an ES you will be required to attend 14 sessions of approved postgraduate education during the year. These include termly meetings with other ES’s, developmental days to help with the training role, completion of case reviews (APLAN) the FDs must upload and various face to face sessions with the FDs to help deliver the study programme. In addition, it is also a requirement that you allocate 1 hour per week within clinical hours so that a tutorial can be carried out with the FD.  It is also a requirement that the practice has an NHS commitment of 30% or more and that the ES completes at least 1,000 UDAs per year, on a wide range of patients, not child only contracts. Further details can be found in the Educational Supervisor Handbook.

Any successful applicant that is not a practice owner, must have agreement in writing with the practice owner regarding the training commitments and financial arrangements before applying for the post.

As part of the quality assurance process for foundation training it is a requirement of HEE NW to ensure that all education supervisors that are appointed provide high quality education and training.  To enable this process COPDEND (Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors) have produced ‘Standards for Dental Educators’.  Details of these standards can be found on the COPDEND website 

All applicants must be up to date with their CPD requirements in line with the GDC recommendations within their current five-year cycle. A formal qualification in the area of clinical education is desirable but not essential, this can be started when appointed.  HEE NW are not being prescriptive on the qualification attained, but Edge Hill University offer a subsidised course.

Further information on expressions of interest can be directed to

The link to the application form will go live on 18th November 2022 and will be posted on



ES Handbook 2023-2024

ES Person Specification

ES Job Description


The timeline for the recruitment process is expected to be as follows:

  • Application Window – 18th November 2022 to 4th January 2023
  • Deadline for Self-declaration Audit and completion of Supporting Documentation for the application of New Educational Supervisors – 3rd February 2023
  • Practice Visits – dates/panels – February/March 2023
  • Interviews - dates / panel / questions – to be confirmed before application process is opened March/April 2023
  • Successful Applicants will be notified – to be confirmed before FD allocation/application process is opened (normally early June).
  • FD will start in practice on 1st September 2023