Restorative Dentistry (Sheffield)

1 post available in Restorative Dentistry at ST1-3.

The University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Charles Clifford Dental Services) and Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber wish to offer an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Restorative Dentistry.

This new post has been created as part of the Health Education England (HEE)/National Institution for Health Research Trainee Coordinating Centre (NIHRTCC) programme of Integrated Academic Training offering candidates a comprehensive experience of clinical and research training working alongside internationally renowned clinicians and researchers.

Further details of the integrated academic training pathways can be found at:

The post forms an integral part of the Restorative Dentistry clinical academic training programme led by the Training Programme Director Dr Joe Vere (Consultant in Restorative Dentistry). The Academic Lead for the post is the Head of the Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry, Professor Nicolas Martin.

Further details of the UKCRC/MMC integrated academic training pathway can be found at

We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals with the potential to excel in both their clinical and academic training and who have the ambition to be the next generation of academic clinicians.

Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) are 3-year fixed-term national training posts.  They attract an NTN(A) and trainees undertake 75 % clinical and 25% academic training over the term of the post.  They are employed by the NHS Trust (in this case Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and have an honorary contract with the University of Sheffield. ACF trainees undergo training in the generic skills required for a clinical academic: scientific methods, statistics, research governance, critical appraisal of research publication, grant writing etc. This training is via a Masters Programme in Research Methods provided by the University of Sheffield and for which funding is provided by NIHR.  Academic Clinical Fellows will join the well established Sheffield ACF programme within the Graduate School of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health:

The post represents an exciting opportunity to combine clinical specialty training in Restorative Dentistry with a programme of -pre-doctoral research, providing 75% clinical and 25% academic time.  The Postgraduate Dean has confirmed that the post has the required educational and staffing approval and will come with an Academic National Training Number [NTN(A)] as part of the South Yorkshire rotation in Restorative Dentistry.

The post is ideally suited to individuals wishing to build an academic career in Restorative Dentistry, and in particular those who have already undertaken research and who now wish to continue undertaking research whilst pursuing further training. 

This job description should be read in conjunction with the document “NIHR Integrated Academic Training Clinical Lectureship (Dental):Guidance for Recruitment & Appointment 2019” – NIHR Integrated Academic Clinical Lectureship (Dental) (Attached as an appendix).  In this document, the applicant will find further detailed information pertaining to the description of the post and the NIHR regulations that govern this.

The full Job Description for this post is available to download from the right of this page.

Please note:  All applicants who do not already hold a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) in the GMC specialty to which they are applying for  will be required to undertake the national clinical recruitment process and attend an assessment/interview for that GMC specialty as appropriate.

Only the following applicant groups will be considered in this round of Academic recruitment. Applicants that do not meet the criteria of these applicant groups may be removed from the recruitment process during longlisting or at any other stage of the recruitment process:-

•Applicants that are scheduled to be clinically benchmarked in the current round

•Applicants who have previously been successfully benchmarked in the current recruitment year

•Applicants who hold an appropriate NTN/DRN

NIHR have produced some Frequently Asked Questions for applicants. You are advised to read this document in full before submitting your application.

Further sources of information

Details  of the recruitment process are provided below.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for this Academic Clinical Fellow post will follow the timeline below:*



Applications Open 10:00 on 7 October 2019     
Application Deadline 16:00 on 4 November 2019
Longlisting From 4 November 2019

2nd and 4th December 2019 Sheffield 

Initial Offers Released           6 January 2020
Holding Deadline 13 January 2020

*Please note that all dates are indicative and subject to change.


Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel online application system.

For guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on 4 November 2019 . After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You are advised to complete and submit your application ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.

Eligibility & Longlisting

Applicants for this post will be required to meet the relevant Clinical eligibility criteria for the appropriate specialty and level listed at:-

AND the Academic eligibility criteria listed at:

It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria. All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.

For more information about eligibility please refer to the Applicant Handbookand the NIHR website.

Please note: By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber DOES NOT accept or confirm that applicants meet all eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of core competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the national person specification. This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria.

Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.


Shortlisting will take place following the completion of longlisting. Where possible we aim to give applicants at least one week's notice to attend an interview. However, unforseen delays in shortlisting mean this is not always possible.


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for this post will take place on the 2nd and 4th of December 2019 at Health Education England, Don Valley House, Sheffield S4 7UQ

View the interviews page for further information about the venue and for directions.

Documents Required at Interview

There are a number of documents that you are required to bring with you to interview.

Please bring the following original documents:

  • Photo identification (passport or driving licence including paper part) AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your current immigration status AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your GMC registration and Licence to Practise AND 1 COPY
  • Evidence of your Foundation and/or Core Competences as detailed in your application form AND 1 COPY

These documents will be checked against a checklist and the photocopies will be retained on your recruitment file. If you are appointed to a training post, these documents will be transferred to your trainee file.

Interview Format

The interviews will consist of a single panel interview. 

The panel may wish to review your portfolio so you should bring this with you to the interview.

Travel and Subsistence Expenses

Applicants attending interviews are entitled to a travel and subsistence allowance. A claim form can be downloaded from the section on the right of this page. You are advised to read the guidance document in full before incurring any expenses.

Expenses are to be claimed through Selenity, Selenity is our online expense site. Please retain all receipts as they need to be scanned electronically and attached to your online expense. Expenses must be submitted within 30 days of the event your claiming for. 


All recruitment offices will be using Oriel to make offers to Academic Clinical Fellow training posts in 2020. Oriel can be accessed at 

Please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank for further information about receiving and responding to offers.

Receiving and Responding to Offers

If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, including weekends and bank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the UK Offers System. No other form of response will be accepted.


Any offer made through this recruitment process is an offer of an allocation to a training programme; it is not an offer of employment. Offers of employment can only be by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.