For most newly qualified dentists, Dental Foundation Training (DFT) in general practice is the next step. DFT is carried out in specially appointed training practices. Experienced general dental practitioners who have an ability to teach and help new dentists are appointed as trainers with a fully equipped surgery, a dental nurse and patients. The new dentist works in the practice for a maximum of 35 hours per week and start on the 1st September for a year. DFT comes under Health Education England, London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
The foundation scheme here is the ‘South Scheme’ and located at the Euan Keat Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. Much of the hands-on training takes place at LonDec and Croydon Hospital.
When qualified DFT’s either go onto practice in a general dental surgery or take a position in a hospital where they become Dental Core Trainees (DCT) and continue in the Maxillofacial Dept. Their year starts from the second Wednesday in September where a departmental induction is carried out in addition to trust induction and includes the orthodontic dept. and laboratory. For the first 2 weeks new DCTs will have a ‘bedding in period’, surgical clinics are reduced to allow the DCTs to carry out procedures under direct assistance of Staff grade / consultants and to shadow.
The DCTs will also spend time at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead which is very beneficial for teaching and seeing trauma cases. There are also good opportunities to attend non mandatory courses at the deanery.
Dental courses for the full dental team including general dental practitioners, dental nurses etc. are run either at the Audrey Emerton Building, Brighton or the Euan Keat Education Centre, Haywards Heath. Courses can be found and booked through https://www.ewisdom-london.nhs.uk/. Most of these courses are now decided by London and Kent, Surrey, Sussex and aimed more at hands-on.