Dental Core Training in London & KSS

Dental Core Training (DCT) is designed principally for the recent dental graduate, following on from the first year of Dental Foundation Training.

Across London and KSS London, there are currently 91 posts designated as being DCT year 1 and another 55 designated as DCT year 2/3.

The vast majority of the posts are sited in hospital trusts, although a few are aligned to the salaried dental services or dental public health. In the hospital trusts, a large number of the year 1 posts are in one of London’s three dental teaching institutions, whilst the remainder are in District General Hospitals with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or Dental departments.

The trust sites covered by DCT can cover can be found below.

Click this link to access the London & KSS DCT post descriptions


The Dental Core Training year maps to the curriculum which defines what should be completed as part of the training.  


In addition trainers are expected to report on the performance of the trainees during their training by recording various aspects of performance as well as providing support and guidance to the trainee, as outlined in the Dental Silver Guide.


Dental Core Training Year 1 (DCT1)

Undertaking a DCT 1 post, which is entirely voluntary, offers the recent graduate the opportunity to work and train for a year in a setting very different from general dental practice. The trainee learns to work in a large, often multidisciplinary team, alongside specialists and consultants, many of whom have national or international reputations in their field of work. The trainee learns to manage patients referred from the primary care setting as well as, in many of the posts, the emergency treatment of victims of trauma and serious illness. Knowledge gained in dental school is applied and new skills learnt. The posts offer an excellent opportunity to study for the Membership examinations (MFDS) and to being to shape a “CV” for the benefit of future career progression. Many dental graduates choose to undertake a DCT1 year in order to help them decide upon a career pathway.

DCT1 continues the educational practices available in DFT. There are regular didactic study sessions and the trainee can apply for “study leave” to attend activities such as professional conferences and courses. The year can be spent on making a start with publications and with presentations to local and regional groups. Designing and undertaking audits is an essential part of the job role. In addition, many trainees begin to get experience of teaching either dental undergraduates or allied professionals.

In London and KSS, as with most of the rest of the country, the posts commence at the beginning of September, with the recruitment held in the preceding spring. Entry is competitive and London & KSS, with its wide range of job and site options, is a very popular choice.

Nearly everyone who undertakes a DCT1 post finds it a rewarding and valuable experience. For many it is career defining, setting them on a path, rarely easy, that leads to the achievement of an ambition.


Dental Core Training Year 2 (DCT2)

Following a DCT1 training year, many dentists seek Associate positions in the GDS. Some enjoy mixed, part time, work in practice and in hospitals, as Trust Dentists. A significant proportion, however, wish to realise their ambition to become a dental specialist and for most, the next step is to acquire a DCT2 post.

DCT2 posts differ from DCT1 posts by being more closely aligned to a particular dental speciality. Across London and KSS, these include OMFS, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Community Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine. There is an additional, very specialised, post in Oral Pathology. Although the job opportunities are relatively few, it does give the DCT2 trainees the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills and experience to be serious contenders for entry into dental speciality training.


DCT1/2/3 Programme Team for London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The DCT programme is led by the Postgraduate Dental Dean with support from the Associate Deans, Training Programme Directors and Educational and Clinical Supervisors within the Local Education Providers.

The following flow sheet provides an overview of the current structure


Contact Details of TPD’s:

North London: Zoe Killick.       Email:

South London: Dapo Akintola: Email: 

KSS:                Sonita Koshal   Email:

All Trainees should contact the HEE team via PGMDE Support Portal (PSP)


Meeting with your Educational supervisor


Further details of the meetings can be found here


Study dates

The DCT year planned mandatory and optional study days can be found here.


Study leave Guidance 



Interim RCP Dental Core Training guidance 2021


Click here



For any other queries not answered above please follow the link below


Please visit the links and websites below for further information, regular training updates and support in light of our ever-changing landscape:

See the HEE London & KSS DCT Handbook 2020/21 here


London HEE website               

KSS HEE Website                    

The National HEE website       

PGMDE Support Panel