Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology.

We provide one-to-one specialty training in dental and maxillofacial radiology. We offer training/access to all imaging modalities including interventional sialography and PET scanning. We have very close contacts with the head and neck radiologists within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Mid Yorkshire, Hull and Bradford with excellent opportunities for wider experience.

"When I was training in Leeds I had only one dental radiologist and one head and neck radiologist to train me. Now our last trainee has joined me as a consultant colleague and there has been great expansion of head and neck radiologists in the region. We believe that Leeds can offer some of the best training available."

Training Programme Directors

Dr Brenda Murray (All)

ARCP Dates

National ARCP Date - 8th October 2020

Timeline for ARCP

ARCP Checklist


All trainees will be subject to an annual ARCP, as per the Dental Gold Guide (fourth edition, 2016). The ARCP provides a formal process which uses the evidence gathered by the trainee, relating to his/her progress in the training programme (Dental Gold Guide, fourth edition, 2016 p21). 

The ARCP process is applicable to:

  • specialty trainees
  • academic trainees
  • trainees that are out of programme
  • post CCST trainees

Trainees will, wherever possible, be given twelve weeks notice of the date of their ARCP to collate their evidence. The timeline for the ARCP process is available here. 

The following documents should be completed and sent to prior to the ARCP:

Academic trainees will also be required to complete a Report on Academic Progress. 

Please note that all documents require a handwritten or an electronic signature. Typed signatures will not be accepted by the SAC. 

For further information please go to:

Curriculum and Training

The training follows the syllabus set down by the Royal College of Radiologists for the Diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. 

The Diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology (DDMFR) Examination is a requirement for satisfactory completion of specialist training in Dental & Maxillofacial Radiology. Entry to it requires success in the physics module of the First FRCR Examination in Clinical Radiology and the completion of specified periods of UK specialist training in dental & maxillofacial radiology.

The DDMFR Examination is in two parts: Part A and Part B. In both parts candidates will be examined in all aspects of dental & maxillofacial radiology. The Part A Examination also addresses the basic sciences of physics, anatomy and techniques. 
Candidates who have passed the physics module of the First FRCR Examination are permitted to enter the DDMFR Part A Examination after 18 months of dental radiology training. Candidates are permitted to enter the DDMFR Part B Examination once they have passed both modules of Part A and three years of dental radiology training have been completed.

In the past we have been praised for the breadth of experience available and enthusiasm of the head and neck radiology trainers in the region. Attendance at any relevant medical radiology tutorials will be arranged. As regards the dental and maxillofacial component this is likely to be one to one both for tutorials and hands on interventions. 

Consultant jobs in our specialty are virtually entirely in teaching hospitals in the UK and therefore there is a teaching element incorporated over the 4 years.



The Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme Website

This site houses the curriculum for the dental specialties and, in a secure area, trainees’ electronic portfolios and the learning agreements which support training.

All trainees will eventually use the e-portfolio but this will be done on a rolling programme by specialty. Consultants and other professionals who will be training, assessing and supervising training will also need to register.


For information regarding ongoing recruitment and vacancy numbers please visit our recruitment pages at /recruitment/


Both the consultants are NHS employees with honorary senior lecturer status. Our department has close links with medical physics and the majority of our research is carried out in conjunction with them.

Study Leave Arrangements

Trainees will be supported to attend courses and educational opportunities that are required to satisfy the curriculum.

Please visit the Study Leave Guidance

The Team

Fiona Carmichael

Fiona is a Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology/Honorary Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. She qualified in 1984 from Glasgow University and after a series of house jobs became a lecturer in oral surgery. It was during this time that she began to train in dental radiology. She completed her training as a senior registrar in Leeds and then became a consultant in 2000.  She is currently President of the British Society of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. Clinically she has an interest in interventional sialography and is also involved with the head and neck MDT. She has contributed training modules for the Radiology online teaching initiative.


Brenda Murray

Brenda is a Consultant in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology/Honorary Senior Lecturer.  She qualified from Queen’s University in Belfast in 1998 after intercalating both a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Anatomy during her undergraduate training.  Brenda then went onto complete a one year Research Fellowship in Belfast (1999) and was subsequently appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in Oral Sciences at the Queen’s University, Belfast.  During this time is completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching. She came to Leeds as a Specialist Registrar in 2003 and was appointed as a consultant in Leeds Dental Institute in 2008 and in the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2009.  Her main interests are in ultrasound of the head and neck and cone beam CT.

WPBA Requirements

Annually, each trainee is required to complete:

6 Mini-IPXs

Less Than Full Time trainees are required to complete a pro-rata number of WPBAs each year.  

Period of Grace

Every specialty trainee whether in pre- or post-CCST training is allowed to request a Period of Grace (PoG). This period, which is generally six months, is part of the Terms and Conditions of the StR contract of employment. The aim of the PoG is to allow time to look for suitable employment.

Once a trainee has accepted a Consultant post or Locum Consultant post, they must resign from their training programme with effect from either their end of training date or following the appropriate period of notice (See Termination below for full details). In doing so the trainees National Training Number (NTN) is relinquished and the right to a Period of Grace is given up. There is no option to return to training after this.

The standard Period of Grace is six calendar months. There is no pro-rata modification for less than full time working. The period of grace will start on the CCST/end of training date whether or not a CCST has been applied for by the trainee.

You can apply for a period of grace by using this form.

Patient Feedback

The decision has been made to include patient feedback in to the ARCP requirements for dental specialty trainees.

This should be completed in ST1 - and ST4 if you are in a post-CCST training programme.

The process will be as follows:

  1. Place your name on the patient feedback form (attached) provided and prints out 30 copies. Please also provide self-seal envelopes with the name of your Educational Supervisor written on them.
  2. The forms and envelopes are handed out to 30 consecutive patients (by either you or the clinic nurse) to complete and hand in to the Receptionist.
  3. Receptionist collects and forwards/internal posts on to the Educational Supervisor named on the envelopes.
  4. A minimum of 20 responses is required for validation. Once that number is received, the Educational Supervisor hands them back to you to collate and tabulate the responses including comments. You should then share and discuss this with your Educational Supervisor at one of your routine meetings. Any development needs identified can be added to your PDP.
  5. Trainee uploads collated and validated responses to ePortfolio (if not a specialty that has an online portfolio).

You can find a patient feedback template here.

Escalating Concerns

HEE want to ensure that your training is enjoyable and that it allows you to fulfil your curriculum requirements.

Should you experience any problems or have any concerns during you training, there are a number of people in place to help.

If you wish to raise concerns please follow the process described in this flowchart.