National Dental Core Training Recruitment 2021 (for updated guidance on the process please access: DCT National Recruitment)



Recruitment to Dental Core Training (DCT) posts in 2021 will be through a national selection process led by Health Education England working across the West Midlands. DCT posts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be included. This recruitment and selection processes ensures standardisation in selection and values based recruitment in line with other national training programmes.

Applicants can apply to one of three DCT levels: DCT1, DCT2 or DCT3. Each level has its own Person Specification.


New for 2021 2 Year DCT posts:
HENW has put together some new DCT posts combining DCT1 and DCT2 into a 2 year programme or track.
This is in response to feedback from our trainees that they want more stability and certainty around where they will be for longer than 12 months at a time and reduce the administrative burden of applying each year for their next post, thus being able to focus on training and career progression. 
These posts are geographically co-located and follow a pattern that many DCTs in our region have followed in past years.
We have 12 posts starting at DCT1 in September 2021 for 24 months that run through into the linked DCT2 posts in 2022.
We have been mindful to maintain a mix of posts to allow for those who only want 12 months in DCT or who change their mind on wishing to continue into DCT2 after completing a single year at DCT1.
This flexibility of posts and mixture of specialties involved we think will be an attractive choice when it comes to preferencing our HENW DCT post through National Recruitment.
Commitment to 2 years
We ask that if you preference the new 2 year post that you are doing so in the knowledge that you are committing to this post for 2 years.
Dropping out of a 2 year post has implications for many others in not being able to have the opportunity of a training place and also for the host trust being left with a gap to be filled. Please take this into account when you make this choice. We do understand that circumstance change.
When reading the post descriptors the pattern should be obvious but post A1 is linked with post A2, B1 with B2, X1 with X2 etc.
Please contact us directly for any further information in the email address within the specific post desciptor.

Applications and offers will be made through Oriel, the national recruitment system. This system enables the national coordination of the application and offer processes and will allow applicants to accept only one post across the UK. The application window can be seen on the national recruitment timeline below. Applications must apply via Oriel (




For all information on DCT National recruitment please visit:


Further information will be contained in the Applicant Guide and Person Specifications for each vacancy. This information will be available when the posts are advertised on the COPDEND website