​DFT applicants urged to check their emails

9 January 2017

The first round of dental foundation training (DFT) place allocations is due to begin on 9 January 2017. Individuals who applied for training posts commencing in March or September 2017 are urged to keep an eye on their Oriel and email accounts to find out their ranking and result following the assessments held in November 2016.

This process usually takes some time as those offered a place have 48 hours to accept or decline it, after which the place is re-offered, again with a 48-hour deadline to accept.

Applicants are encouraged to ensure that they confirm their placement in good time.

Candidates who have not been allocated a placement in the first couple of days should still keep an eye on their emails until the end of the month, in case a placement becomes available in the course of the next few weeks.

Applicants who have not been allocated to a training place when the first round closes will be included in a 'reserve list' and will be contacted by the organisers in the summer after the BDS examinations have finished, when a second round of allocations will take place of any places not taken up.

The number of funded places at this stage is usually lower than the number of applicants, and thus a number of individuals will not be given a place at this stage.

The BDA campaigns intensively to ensure that all UK graduates who want to do DFT should be able to do so, as it is their only way for entry to the performers/NHS lists and work in NHS primary care dentistry.

Last year around 14 graduates were left without a place. The BDA believes that this is unacceptable and will continue to monitor this year's figures very closely to ensure every student who wants a DFT place can secure one.

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