Restorative Dentistry.

Restorative Dentistry is the study, diagnosis and integrated effective management of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth and supporting structures. This includes the rehabilitation of the teeth and the oral cavity to functional, psychological and aesthetic requirements of the patient. It may require the coordination of multi-professional working to achieve these objectives. The discipline encompasses all aspects of Periodontics, Endodontics, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (including Maxillofacial Prosthodontics) and Implant Dentistry (from ACSRD website).

Training Programme Directors

Mr Shashwat Bhakta (North)

Mr Joe Vere (South)


ARCP Dates

31 March 2020

29 September 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 prior to the ARCP date. 

The following documents should be completed on ISCP:

  • PDP
  • Collated Clinical Supervisors Outcome Form 
  • Clinical Supervisors' comments (found in Learning Agreement)
  • Log Book
  • Educational Supervisor's Structured Report (found in Learning Agreement)

Summary of Evidence for ARCP

If for any reason you are unable to complete these forms electronically, please email for a paper copy, which can be uploaded in to the "other evidence" section of ISCP. 

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. 

Curriculum and Training

The 5 year full time training programme in Restorative Dentistry is focused on producing high quality clinical training supported by the best available evidence. There is a strong emphasis on stepwise training and close clinical supervision by enthusiastic and committed consultant trainers of the highest caliber.


Further information about the Restorative Dentistry Curriculum, training and exams may be gained from :


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/


This is an important component of the restorative dentistry curriculum and all StRs are expected to carry out a research project as part of their training. StRs are encouraged to complete a part-time higher degree (MPhil - University of Sheffield, MSc/MRes - University of Leeds) as part of their training. All StRs are expected to publish clinical and research papers in peer reviewed journals. StRs are also supported to present their research and clinical work at regional, national and international conferences.

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/ present trainees:

"I have found training in Sheffield to be very well structured, with fair allocation of time for clinical, research and educational activities. As a centre with thirteen consultants and six trainees in Restorative Dentistry there is a breadth of experience and interest to draw upon, and with opportunities to train at District General and Teaching Hospital departments we have the opportunity to gain more variety in our training. I believe that the experiences offered throughout training in all aspects of Restorative Dentistry at Sheffield offer opportunities to cement basic skills and build on these in a mentored and supported environment."

Zaid Ali, StR in Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield.


"The Restorative Dentistry Department in Sheffield is very welcoming of new StR trainees. I was quickly made to feel one of an inclusive and enthusiastic team where the Consultant trainers take an active role. Their open door approach really supports my clinical and academic development. There is an excellent range of supervised treatment and consultation clinics, teaching sessions and multi-disciplinary clinics. The modern facilities and collegiality of the other Registrars also makes Sheffield a greeat place to be a trainee."

Anna Maxwell, StR in Restorative Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield.


"The Restorative Specialty Training Programme is extremely well supported by Consultants; who are enthusiastic and readily available for advice, support, supervision and assessment. We have a good number of treatment sessions per week, and timetable rotation provides exposure to a wide range of cases and new patient clinics. The range of Consultants and clinics provides experience and training in all Restorative subspecialties."

Hannah P Beddis, StR in Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds.


"Spr training in Restorative dentistry at Leeds is well structured and of a very high standard. All the consultant trainers are enthusiastic, supportive, take an active role in providing training and have an open door policy. Modern training facilities and consultant supervised sessions give trainees opportunity to work closely with the trainers, to enhance both knowledge and skills in all aspects of restorative dentistry. The department has a great atmosphere and team spirit. It is a fantastic place to train and would I highly recommend it."

Mittal Patel, StR in Restorative Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute, Leeds.

WPBA Requirements

Annually each trainee is required to complete:

  • 5 DOPs
  • 5 CBDs 
  • 5 CEX

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

All trainees must also complete two MSF over the course of their training programme. 

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.