National Dental Core Training (DCT) Recruitment 2020

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.

All DCT recruitment queries should be directed to 


NHS Jobs Advert Appears

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Oriel Advert Appears

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Applications Open

Tuesday 21st January 2020 (10:00)

Applications Close

Thursday 13th February 2020 (16:00)

SJT Booking Opens

Monday 4th May 2020 (06:00)

SJT Booking Closes Monday 11th May 2020 (05:59)
Preference Ranking Opens Monday 11th May 2020
SJT Assessment Window Monday 1st June - Wednesday 17th June 2020
Preference Ranking Closes Friday 12th June 2020 (17:00)

Inital Offers Released

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Upgrade Deadline

Monday 6th July 2020 (13:00)

Feedback to Applicants

By Friday 10th July 2020

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 Preferences

Indicative DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3 post preferences can be downloaded below, and are all subject to change at any time (including during the post).  Ranking of preferences will open on Oriel on Monday 11th May 2020 and close at 5 pm on Friday 12th June 2020.

Post Descriptions

The 2020 post descriptions for each region, can be downloaded below as interactive map documents; please click on the blue boxes for each region.  All UK post descriptions are also available in one interactive map document; please click on the picture of the UK map below.  The DCTNRO does not endorse any of the information contained within the post descriptions, as each region has responsibility for this.  Therefore, if you have any queries, please contact the relevant region for further information.  It should also be noted that the information contained within the post descriptions is subject to change at any time (including during the post).