National Dental Core Training (DCT) Recruitment 2020

****UPDATE 31.03.2020****

Due to the current unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), face to face recruitment has been cancelled. The DCT Advisory Group (DCTAG) have submitted proposals for a modified selection process to the Medical & Dental Recruitment & Selection (MDRS) team and are awaiting approval.  There will be an update to all applicants when further details are available.  Applicants will also be notified when the revised date for preference ranking and the release of 2020 post descriptions has been confirmed.

In the interim it is recommended that all applicants keep both the 28th April and 29th April available and that portfolios continue to be developed. However, there is currently no guidance available on how you should prepare for the recruitment process, as the contingency proposals remain under constant review as the disruption to training is assessed.

Please refrain from sending emails to the DCTNRO inbox, as the team need to focus on essential business at this time. We recommend that enquiries related to training, portfolio and career development are directed to your Training Programme Director.


Recruitment to Dental Core Training (DCT) posts in the UK is through a national selection process led by Health Education England's East Midlands Office (The DCT National Recruitment Office)

Please click on the following link to view the person specifications for each level of training (DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3).  The level of DCT post applied for will depend on how many years of DCT Training (or equivalent) an applicant has previously undertaken.

Indicative programme preferences can be downloaded below, and are all subject to change.

All DCT recruitment queries should be directed to 

DCT Application Flow Chart

Please refer to the guidance below, in conjunction with the DCT Applicant Guide, to help you identify the correct level to apply to:

Post Descriptions

2019 Post Descriptions for each region can be found by clicking on the links below.  These will be replaced with the 2020 post descriptions when available.