Dental Core Training offers the opportunity to broaden knowledge and experience within the dental profession and is a recognised career pathway after the completion of Dental Foundation Training (DFT).
Wales has four Dental Core Training Year 1 (DCT1) Schemes that commence in September of each year. They are based in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and North Wales. There is a 30-day educational element (study days) covering both hospital and community practice.
The main aims of the scheme are to allow participants to broaden their understanding of the inter-relationship between branches of the profession, enabling a more informed career choice and to further develop their dental expertise and skills, building on previous training received as undergraduates and dental foundation practitioners.
There may also be an opportunity for further career development posts known as Dental Core Training Year 2/3 posts (DCT2 or DCT3). These posts are normally undertaken following completion of training at DFT and DCT1. Further information about the DCT2/DCT3 posts in Wales can be found here.
The educational aspects of these appointments will be managed by your educational supervisor, who will be one of the Consultants/specialists with whom you work. The educational supervisor will meet with you soon after taking up your new appointment to discuss and agree your needs and objectives and the support to be given to achieve them. This will be set out in an educational (learning) agreement, a copy of which will be given to you. This agreement, which will include a clear personal development plan (PDP) for the forthcoming year, will be reviewed at various stages throughout the duration of the period of training. You will be required to complete a full and comprehensive record of your achievement during your period of training, facilitated through a chosen portfolio. For some posts this may be a widely used e-portfolio, for others you may compile your own records on-line or in paper format. Remember that increasingly now it is essential for you to maintain such a record of your achievement for future reference.
For more information on DCT in Wales please contact: Helen O'Hara, Dental Core Training Manager