Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

Description of Training Post

We encourage trainees to get involved in audits, research and teaching. The department is supportive and welcomes conscientious trainees who are looking to make a difference in the communities and patients they serve. 

We also allow greater flexibility for a DCT2/3 to allow exposure and training keeping in with their specialty interest. We have had fantastic reviews from our previous DCTS and welcome enthusiastic trainees and are flexible to their needs.

Hands on training for oral surgery, multiple opportunities to manage paediatric trauma lists with appropriate supervision. There are ample opportunities to get exposed in implants, observing sedation cases, restorative treatment planning for implants for complex oncologic reconstructions & 3D planning for head and neck reconstructions and facial aesthetic surgery. The trainee gets exposure to paediatric MOS lists as well.

The department of OMFS at Sheffield has one of the biggest MDTs in the country for head & neck cancer. There are ample opportunities for hands on training for the suitable enthusiastic trainee to accumulate a wealth of experience in aspects of OMFS. We are affiliated to the Dental  & Medical Schools  of University of Sheffield. We welcome collaboration in research and encourage our trainees to interact and utilise the various departments & valuable opportunities that are available locally.

Sadly, not suitable for Temporary Registrant

Pattern of Working

  • The usual working day is between 0800 to 1700hrs.
  • When covering oncology theatres, the finish time is around 1930hrs to allow for the free flap reconstructions. The DCT will work maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • Adequate rest periods are assured and there is a dedicated Friday afternoon off when not oncall or in theatre.
  • All the oncalls are based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, there are two blocks of oncalls for weekdays (day & night) and weekends (day/night) on a 10-week rota. A maximum of 12 hours per shift with 24/7 midgrade and consultant support.  The day oncall typically is from 0800 to 2000hrs and the night oncall is from 2000 to 0800 hrs. After a period of 4 days of  oncall a 2 day rest period is mandatory, giving time to the trainee to recover.
  • There is also Hospital at Night to help the DCT whenever required in special circumstances.
  • Theatres, hands on MOS sessions and OPD sessions with consultants are allocated in the timetable, so that a wholesome experience is gained.

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DCT1s appointed to this role will have an Introduction to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Course (ITOMS) on 29th and 30th August 2024

Employer - SHEFFIELD TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield, S5 7AU.


This year in OMFS has been one of the most engaging, testing and enlightening experiences. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the most fantastic team here at the Royal Hallamshire OMFS department. I have learned invaluable skills that will undoubtedly benefit me irrespective of my chosen career pathway such as surgical experience, acute emergencies, managing difficult medical conditions and holistic patient care. This year has allowed me to develop invaluable skills and gain a new appreciation of healthcare provision that I will carry forward for life. There are free courses arranged by the Training Programme Director, Mr Muzzammil Nusrath which benefit the team immensely & I would recommend the post highly for aspiring DCT’S.- Matthew Bernard OMFS DCT 1, 2021

The Oral and Maxillofacial surgery team at Sheffield are really friendly and approachable, with senior members being more than happy to help, making it a comfortable environment to work in. Every day is different and poses a new challenge. I liked that the timetable was extremely varied meaning over one week I could complete minor oral surgery, assist with oncology cases, help run clinics and provide emergency care at both  the Royal Hallamshire and Sheffield Childrens hospital. This post has opened my eyes to treatment and procedures that I never knew existed and I feel that the experience I have gained over the last year will be very valuable for my future career. - William Thorley OMFS DCT 1, 2021

I have been a DCT1 in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery for the past year. I decided to apply for DCT1 after completing my DF1 and working for 2 further years in general dental practice, as I wanted to explore different career options within dentistry. Almost a year on, I can certainly say that has been a great opportunity for learning and I have come a long way since I started. There is a lot of variety in this OMFS post and I have gained experience in the management of patients in different settings including on the ward, in theatre and in clinics. I have also successfully secured a DCT2 post in YH in Oral Pathology which I am really looking forward to. I would definitely recommend doing DCT post as it is an excellent environment to learn, build on skills and explore different specialities in dentistry.  - Riddhi Gorania OMFS DCT 1, 2021

Completing DCT training in OMFS has increased my confidence in completing surgical procedures and managing medically complex patients. Additionally I have developed leadership skills through both clinical work and academic responsibilities which has further prepared me for specialty training.  omfs_ccdh_1.jpg

Anna Graham OMFS DCT 3, 2021