Special Care Dentistry Recruitment


Welcome to ST1 Special Care Dentistry National Recruitment


Please note that we have now transitioned to a National Web Site Platform and so please visit here for current guidance regarding Dental Specialty Recruitment.

The next round of ST1 Special Care Dentistry National Recruitment is for the September 2023 Intake. Applications will open, via Oriel, at 10am UK time on Thursday 12th January 2023 and will close at 4pm UK time on Thursday 2nd February 2023. NB. Late applications will not be accepted.


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 


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 


Application Portal  





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: 23rd November 2022