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, Caillin Redican
  • Foundation Trainee performance and well-being: Sharon Biant, Jasdeep Kaur, Sushil John
  • Educational Workplace: Nikita Vora
  • Non-Dental Health care settings:Shabir Shivji, Vince Chen, Lena Vakil 


Study day location  for September 2021 Dental Foundation trainee intake 

Study days for each region will be held at the assocaited Post Graduate centres.  Trainees must be prepared to travel to the Post graduate Centres within their Practice region to attend study days. 


Region Post Graduate Centre  Days 
North Region Northwick Park, Eastman and QMUL

Northwick Park  Wednesdays 

Eastman and QMUL are Fridays

South Region Kings, Croydon and St Georges Kings college Wednesdays, St Georges and Croydon Fridays 
Central Region Londec Wednesday
KSS including longitudinal Chichester, Queen Victoria Hospital, Canterbury, Guildford  All on Fridays 




Educational Supervisor Recruitment Process for March 2022 Dental Foundation Training Scheme

Details on how to apply to be a Dental Foundation Educational supervisor from March 2022 will be sent to all current educational supervisor practices and registered interested parties from  If you are intersted in applying please contact Please see timelines for recruitment below. The equipment checklist, person specification and guidance can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page.


Key Dates

Applications open (09.00)

22nd October 2021

Applications close (17:00)

3rd November 2021

Interviews (via MS Teams)

19th November 2021 (AM only)

Application outcome notification

7th January 2022

Posts commence

1st March 2022


Those who are not on the mailing list can contact  to be sent an invite to the application form.


Recommended references

 For further information for current trainees and Covid-19: