Performers List Validation by Experience (PLVE)

Are you interested in completing your PLVE programme in South Cumbria and Lancashire? 


Complete the following link to register your interest: 


Do you want be a Validation Supervisor for PLVE? 


Contact Sarah Roberts for further information (email link below).



Since April 2006 dentists, who are not already on the National Performers List (NPL), have had to apply for a Performer Number from the Local Area Team of NHS England. This includes dentists working as locums who are not already on the National Performers List.

Those dentists who do not have a Foundation Training (Vocational Training) Certificate, or who have not completed an appropriate period of Foundation Training as defined in the Regulations, must be assessed by NHS England in consultation with Health Education England (HEE) to decide whether the dentist can be admitted to the list. This assessment is based the applicants previous experience and training including NHS primary dental care. If you do not have the necessary experience or training, you must undertake period of work within a PLVE programme in an approved PLVE dental practice under the supervision of an approved PLVE Validation Supervisor. 

At the present time Health Education England is not able to accept applications into PLVE from dentists who cannot provide clinical references relating to two recent* posts (one of which will usually be a current post) each of which lasted at least three months (continuous period) without a significant break, or where this is not possible, a full explanation as to why that is the case and the names and addresses of two alternative referees.  *’Recent’ is defined as ‘working within a dentist’s full scope of practice within the previous two years’ and is based on the AoMRC Return to Practice Guidance (2017 Revision


The process for a PLVE applicant to join the Dental Performer List for England is the same as DFT.

Please find useful links below:

Apply to join the Dental Performer List for England - Full guide

Apply to join the Dental Performer List for England - Quick Guide


Further information

For further information and guidance please email:

Sarah Roberts