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Competency based assessment
The Northern Deanery facilitates competency based assessment (formerly vocational training by assessment) for dental graduates who are not exempt from VT and who are not eligible/able to secure a placed on one of our dental foundation programmes.
Dental graduates with the appropriate visas, GDC registration and English language testing score who have applied to join the performers list of a PCT in the Northern Deanery area will be contacted by our workforce support team to discuss the appropriate training needs.
Training practices can be based anywhere in the area and the deanery will inspect and interview any practices/potential trainers who have not been involved in training previously or recently.
Tutorials are delivered in the practices and study requirements are arranged by the graduate and practice. There is an excellent opportunity for participants in the scheme to attend a four-day Induction into the NHS programme, which runs from Bourne House in Durham. There is also a number of opportunities to attend hands-on training days such as Sim-Man, minor oral surgery and endodontics.
We will assess the training needs associated with each application on its merits and inform the PCSA or PCT of our decisions.