Special Care Dentistry Recruitment


Welcome to ST1 Special Care Dentistry National Recruitment


Please note that we are currently transitioning to a National Web Site Platform and so links and documents found below will shortly be removed and you should refer here for current guidance regarding Dental Specialty Recruitment.

Please see the following links for the latest on the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on specialty recruitment:



From 2018, Special Care Dentistry moved to a National Recruitment model, managed by Health Education England's North West Local Office. 

The next round of ST1 Special Care Dentistry National Recruitment is for the September 2022 Intake. Details of this application round can be found below. Applications will open, via Oriel, at 10am UK time on Tuesday 18th January 2022 and will close at 4pm UK time of Tuesday 8th February 2022. NB. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please read the applicants' guide in full before applying.

Please read on and use the links below to find out more about recruitment to ST1 Special Care Dentistry Training.


The National Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competency

A process has been developed to facilitate applications to Specialty Training posts from individuals who have not followed a standard UK training pathway (Dental Foundation, Dental Core Training).  The process can also be used by applicants for DCT3 posts if they have not already undertaken a DCT2 post.

A dentist who wishes to apply for Specialty Training is required to demonstrate the competencies acquired at the end of UK Dental Core training year 1 (i.e. outcome 1) at the time of interview and of UK Dental Core training year 2 at the time of post commencement. This is currently the case for all dental specialties. If a dentist has not undergone UK Dental Core Training year 2, they may apply for a Certificate of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competencies.

If the dentist considers that they have acquired experience and/or training which should be regarded as equivalent to DCT2, they can apply to the Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Panel to have this confirmed.  Further information and guidance notes are available here https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/our-work/dental-dct2-equivalence/


Please note if an applicant holds a certificate of completion of Dental Core Training which pre-dates June 2017, they will need to apply for a National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence via the process detailed here: https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/our-work/dental-dct2-equivalence/


Application Portal  




ST1 Recruitment Timetable & Vacancies  

        September 2022 Intake


Guidance Documents:

September 2022

Applicants' Guide for September 2022 Intake (Please refer to the Dental Recruitment Applicant Handbook 2022 below for general guidance - specific information relating to interviews will be published during the recruitment round)

ST1 September 2022 Vacancy Numbers (As at 21st April 2022)

Applicants Self-Assessment Evidence Portal Guidance (Click on link and scroll down to Recruitment Documents section of Resource Bank)

Self-Assessment Domains & Evidence Guidance

Interview Guidance including Scoring Overview - September 2022 (Updated 25th April 2022)

Please refer to the Dental FAQ section in Oriel for further guidance regarding self-assessment.

General Documents

ST1 Special Care Dentistry Training Person Specification 2022 

The Dental Recruitment Applicant Handbook 2022

The National Certification of Equivalence to Dental Core Training Year 2 Competency (including key application dates)

Fitness to Practise Information

Support for Reapplication to a Specialty Training Programme

Oriel Applicant User Guide

Interview Expenses Claim Forms

HEE introduced a new online expenses system, Selenity, for interview expenses with effect from 1st January 2019. 

You can find the candidate policy on what you can claim, how to set up your online account and submit claims via the Specialty Training website. Please follow the link below and see the section called: Expenseshttps://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Resources-Bank

Contact Details

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us via the following channels

Recruitment Helpline: 0161 268 9762 / 0161 268 9631

Email: rdrecruitment.nw@hee.nhs.uk




 Last reviewed: 25th April 2022