Paediatric Dentistry.

The Paediatric Dentistry Specialist Training course in Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber is the largest in the country and has long been recognised as being one of the most successful. It places equal emphasis on strong academic knowledge and clinical expertise. Training takes place both at the dental institute and within the consultant led components of the surrounding salaried dental services.

"One of the greatest strengths of the course is in blending significant didactic and academic components, with specialist clinical training. The region has a network of consultants and specialists all committed to the speciality and it is this network that contributes to such a wide range of experiences for our trainees."

Training Programme Directors

Ms Elizabeth O'Sullivan (North)

Ms Grainne Yesudian (South)

ARCP Dates

25 March 2020

14 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. All evidence should be available to the ARCP panel on ISCP. 

Your updated PDP, Collated Clinical Supervisors Outcome Form, Log Book and Educational Supervisor's Structured Report should be uploaded in to the "other evidence" section of ISCP. 

Summary of Evidence for ARCP

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. 

Any trainees exiting their programme (final ARCP) are asked to complete the Destination Survey.

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

Curriculum and Training

Training Overview

Paediatric Dentistry is a 3 year training course to enter on to the specialist register. A further 2 years of training can be completed, post CCST, to become a Consultant. 

Didactic teaching is integrated into the established and successful postgraduate programme.  The teaching content itself maps closely to the national curriculums for pre and post CCST training and, by extension, to the MPaeds and ISFE Paediatric Dentistry examinations.

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.



The MPaeds Dent exam must be passed in order to complete specialty training. Further information on the exam is available here.  


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


Undertaking formal research projects is expected and encouraged. Leeds Paediatric Dentistry has an extremely strong research profile and a wealth of experience in a wide variety of subjects from which trainees can draw. At pre CCST level it is anticipated that trainees would enrol in a formal academic programme of which research forms a significant component.

The current research degree of choice for trainees is the MSc by research over two years. The cost of this is currently £1988/year (a total of £3975).

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


Testimonials from past and present trainees:

“Specialist training in Leeds and the Community Dental Service has provided the basis of excellent training in Paediatric Dentistry. This training has allowed me to grow with the appropriate exposure to both clinical and non-clinical aspects of the curriculum."

"I came to Leeds as the department is so highly regarded both nationally and internationally.  Training in Leeds allowed me to learn from a range of NHS and academic trainers there, all with their own areas of expertise and interest.  Also, with such a prolific academic component, a number of international lecturers also visited to give seminars and courses.  Combining training in hospital with training in the community setting was also advantageous in that I was able to see a significantly higher caseload and I had more opportunity for on-to-one training in community."

"The training programme provided excellent opportunities to gain experience and knowledge from highly respected Consultants and Professors in Paediatric Dentistry. The training programme was also flexible thus allowing individual trainees' needs to be met and allow the trainee to explore particular areas of personal interest e.g. oncology patients."

“Leeds was a great place to do specialist training. It is a lovely big department with a real family feel. With so many great consultants you get trained very well with great experience and an evidence based approach. The whole team are so supportive and encourage the best training possible."

“My training at Leeds has provided me with the right skills and experience to take on a consultant role. The training programme is focused to give an excellent mix of both clinical and managerial/leadership training. I would recommend Leeds as a training centre at both NTN and FTTA level."

"I came to Leeds quite a few years ago, on a personal level I seemed to fit in immediately, it sounds like a cliché but it was just like one big happy family; staff, postgraduates, trainees and nurses. My colleagues couldn't have been any more welcoming and friendly. I loved my eight years.

On a professional level.... no question was ever a stupid question. Leeds is lucky enough to have got the balance right between the staff on the University side and those on the NHS side; they work seamlessly together. Trainees benefit hugely from being encouraged to undertake the Masters degree programme in Paediatric dentistry, not only being taught by paediatric dentists from the LDU but also being exposed to speakers from abroad (both groups of speakers have international reputations).

The paediatric dentistry department at Leeds not only has excellent links with all the other departments within the LDU but it has forged great working relationships with the medics across in the Leeds Children's Hospital and paediatric dentists in primary care in the Yorkshire and Humber area.

If you come to Leeds, don't kid yourself, it will be hard work and there may well be times when you would want to walk away. But at the end of it when you have completed your training all that will fade into the background. 

I truly miss my colleagues (or friends) that I made there. You can't say that about many jobs!”

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.

Work Based Assessments

Pre CCST Level:

Multi Source Feedback (MSF) – one in first six months and one in last year of training.  Others may be requested if needed

Other WBA’s: 22 per year of which:

Case Based Discussion (CBD) – 8

Directly Observed Procedure (DOP) – 8

Communication Exercise or Communication Exercise for Consent ( CEX or CEXc) – 6

Post CCST Level:

MSF – one in first six months and one in last six months

12 per year – of any type but would expect a range and appropriate for level of training – ie more complex treatments, complex treatment discussions/plans, difficult communications/conversations.

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.