DCT National Recruitment 2020

Recruitment to Dental Core Training (DCT) posts in the UK is via a national selection process, currently led by Health Education England (HEE).  Most DCT posts in Wales are now processed via national recruitment, with exception to those few posts which are 100% health board funded or are purely service provision posts and not training posts. 

Applications and offers will be made through Oriel, the national recruitment system. The system enables the national coordination of the application and offer processes and allows applicants to accept only one post. Please see the national recruitment timetline below. 

Applicants can apply to all levels DCT1, DCT2 and DCT3.  The level of DCT post will depend on how many years of DCT training an applicant has undertaken by the time the post commences in September 2020.

Longlisted applicants will be able to select which centre they would prefer to attend, but should note that allocation to any particular centre will be on a first come, first served basis. Applicants will be invited to preference all the posts in which they are interested at the time of application, but there will be an opportunity to review and amend those choices later on. Applicants should be aware that if they limit their choices, this may reduce the likelihood of being offered a post.

Offers will be made in rank order by performance at the selection centre. Once offers have been made, the system will permit applicants to upgrade to a higher preference post if one becomes available, provided the applicant accepts the offered post with upgrades.

Further information is provided in the applicant guide and person specifications for each vacancy. This information will be available when the posts are advertised on the COPDEND website.

The selection centre will consist of the following stations:

1. Clinical scenario
2. Clinical governance and risk management
3. Communication skills
4. Situational judgement test
5. Portfolio station for DCT 2/3 applicants only


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 Invitations Sent

Tuesday 10th March 2020

SJT Booking Closes

Thursday 12th March 2020

SJT Assessment Window

Wednesday 18th March - Wednesday 25th March 2020

Selection Centre Invitations Sent

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Preference Ranking Opens

Selection Centre Booking Deadline

Friday 3rd April 2020

Selection Centre

DCT1 - Tuesday 28th April 2020

DCT2 & DCT3 - Wednesday 29th April 2020

Preference Ranking Closes

Friday 1st May 2020 (17:00)

Inital Offers Released

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Hold Deadline

Thursday 4th June 2020

Upgrade Deadline

Thursday 11th June 2020

Feedback to Applicants

By Friday 19th June 2020


Selection Centre Venues

London and KSS

Health Education England, Stewart House, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5DN

Midlands and East

Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL


St. James' Park, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST

South West and Wales

Health Education England, Park House, Newbrick Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8YU

Scotland and Northern Ireland

DoubleTree by Hilton, Edinburgh Airport, 100 Eastfield Road, Edinburgh, EH28 8LL


Please see the DCT Applicant Guide 2020

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