Specialty Training in Dentistry

Over the past few years Dental Specialty Training has expanded considerably and the Dental Postgraduate Section of the Wales Deanery are now proud to support a variety of deanery approved training programmes across 6 Dental specialties with a total of 21 current specialty trainees.

These include:

  • Dental Public Health
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Special Care Dentistry

The high standard of our Dental Specialty Training programmes is due to the dedication and commitment of our well trained team of professional educators and trainers who are equipped with the highest standard of dental equipment and facilities. Anyone who wishes to train to be a dental specialist is recommended to first complete at least two years of training post-graduation covering a broad clinical experience. At least one year in total should be spent in hospital or community practice, and each post must be occupied for a minimum of three months. The exact length of specialty training will depend on the specialty in question. All specialty trainees must register with the Director of Dental Postgraduate Education in Wales, who is responsible for monitoring the trainee's progress and the quality of training received.

During training, prior to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Specialty Training (CCST), the trainee will be graded as a Specialty Training Registrar (StR). Post CCST training (formerly FTTA) opportunities are also available in certain specialties. On completion of training, the trainee will need to pass relevant examinations (depending on the specialty) and will become eligible for recommendation, by the Director to the General Dental Council (GDC), for the award of a CCST which in turn should lead to their name being entered on the GDC's relevant specialist list.

If you would like any further information about undertaking your specialty training programme in Wales please contact:

Dental Postgraduate Tutor - Will McLaughlin

STC Administrator - Fran Yuen-Lee

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