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. Those on a 12 month programme are employed by our Lead employer - Royal London NHS Foundation Trust.  Those on a 24 month programme are employed by their accredited training practice. All groups 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 (Sana Movahedi & Amitha Ranuata), 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, our TPDs are:

  • Peter Mauthe
  • Kellie Downie
  • Parul Patel
  • Sharon Biant
  • Tarik Shembesh
  • Nikita Vora
  • Sushil John
  • Saagar Patel
  • Raj Mahendran. 
  • Davesh Patel,
  • Priya Arora
  • Kaxa Patel 

New Educational Supervisor Trainer Recruitment 2023

Educational Supervisor Recruitment Process for September 2023 Dental Foundation Training Scheme 

Details on how to apply to be a Dental Foundation Educational supervisor from September 2023 will be sent to all current educational supervisor practices and registered interested parties from (for new applications) and  (for existing sites)  If you are a new site interested in applying please contact Please see timelines for recruitment below. The guidance documents (which includes the equipment checklist and person specification) can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Please note that appointment of new sites for DFT will be prioritised for areas of need. These currently include Surrey and South West London.


Key Dates

Applications open (09.00)

1st February 2023

Applications close (09:00)

28th February 2023

New ES training site visit in areas of need

01/04/2023 - 01/05/2023

Application outcome notification

10th May 2023

Posts commence

1st September 2023


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


Associated documents


New Site ES Application Guidance document (includes person and site spec)

Existing Site ES Application Guidance document (includes person and site spec)