Dental Foundation Training

Dental Foundation Training is a one-year vocational training programme after Dental school. It’s purpose is to “enhance clinical and administrative competence and promote high standards through relevant postgraduate training and meet the needs of general dental practice in the NHS” (Royal College of Surgeons).

Foundation Dentists (FDs) spend a year in approved practices undertaking training. It introduces gradate dentists to general dental practice under the supervision of an experienced dentist ‘educational supervisor’ (ES). In some practices, two dentists share this role. The ESs provide supervision and help where needed and deliver tutorials.

FD’s work a 35-hour week, are salaried, employed by their accredited training practice and meet regularly for educational study days.

Educational Supervisors and FD’s are formed locally into  schemes comprising of 14-16 FD’s and their Educational Supervisors. Schemes are managed by Training Programme Directors.

The FDs written contract of employment with the Educational Supervisor/Training Practice (The Trainee's Contract) is nationally agreed.

Upon satisfactory completion of Dental Foundation Training, dentists receive Certificates of Completion signed by the Postgraduate Dental Dean. Dentists who possess such Certificates are allocated NHS dental performer list numbers, upon application, which enable them to work in the General Dental Services.

The Dental team, led by the Associate Dental Dean for Foundation Training, are committed to helping dental foundation trainees across the region achieve their full potential as dentists, and to prepare them for a fulfilling and rewarding career in dentistry.

Training Programme Directors (TPD’s):

Each Dental Foundation Training Programme Director is responsible for different aspects of training within a given area these are:

  • Educational Supervisor reviews and meetings: Peter Mauthe, Davesh Patel, Caillin Redican
  • Foundation Trainee performance and well-being: Sharon Biant, Jasdeep Kaur, Sushil John
  • Educational Workplace: Nikita Vora
  • Non-Dental Health care settings:Shabir Shivji, Vince Chen, Lena Vakil 

Existing Educational Supervisor Reappointment Process 2021 

Details on how to re- apply to be a Dental Foundation Educational supervisor from Sep 2021 will be sent to all current educational supervisor practices from Please see timelines for recruitment below. Person specification and guidance can also be downloaded from the bottom of this page

Applications open

6 April 2021

(17:00 pm)

Applications close

19 April 2021

(17:00 pm)

Application outcome notification 1 June 2021
Posts commence 1 September 2021


New Educational Supervisor Recruitment Process September 2021

New Dental Foundation educational supervisor recruitment for September 2021 is currently on pause. If you would like to be placed on a interested parties list to be notified if and when applications open for new trainer recruitment, please email:  


Recommended references

 For further information for current trainees and Covid-19: