Dental Therapist Foundation Training.

The Dental Therapist Foundation Training programme is a programme for new or recently qualified Dental Therapists. It is designed to support them in their first year in practice including supervision, mentoring and a study day programme.

The course information is available here; please contact Simon Hearnshaw, or Joanne Ward, with any questions or enquires.

Covid-19 has affected the 2020-2021 programme and information regarding this will be confirmed soon. 

All applicants should submit an application form which is available within the Dental Therapist Handbook.

Applications for the 2021-2022 training year will open from:

4 November 2020 for prospective Supervisors
1 January 2021 for prospective Trainees

GDC Standards for Dental Team

GDC updates for the Dental Team, eGDC, Registration, new CPD rules, Annual renewals.

Critical Reading tools

Inclusion (homeless etc) Dentistry info.

Application Forms


Note to Educational Supervisor applicants

Personal UDAs from NHS work per annum:  Minimum requirement 500 but must evidence sufficient NHS work available for a therapist (maximum 8000 across all roles).

Testimonials by former DTFTs

I would just like to say thank you for accepting me onto the course, it has been a brilliant start to my career, I feel I would have felt very overwhelmed had I gone straight into general practice without the support of the FT Scheme. I have gained confidence, skills, and experience that I doubt I would have achieved had I not been on the FT Scheme, so thank you for the opportunity. I really hope the scheme continues, as I think it is perfect for therapists straight out of university, to not only give them the confidence when starting out, but also to help prevent de-skilling, especially in therapy work.

4 November 2020 Applications open for Supervisors, as well as expressions of interest
13 January 2021 Closing date for receipt of Supervisor applications
February 2021 Closing date for receipt of Trainee applications
March-April 2021 Approval process for practices takes place
May 2021 Supervisors and practices approved and confirmed
June 2021 Interviews take place with prospective trainees and Supervisors
July 2021 Appointment of trainees to practices confirmed and contracts signed