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Health: Dentistry

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Colwyn Lord Colwyn Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to select and appoint foundation dentist 1 trainers for next year; and how many training schemes and places are needed to accommodate newly qualified dentists.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many final-year dental students attended the London Deanery examinations in November for registration into the national recruitment scheme; and of those, how many were from (1) English and Welsh dental schools, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) the rest of the European Union.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

All graduates from dental schools in the United Kingdom have to undertake one year's foundation training (formerly vocational training) before they may practise in the National Health Service. With effect from 2012, a national recruitment scheme for England and Wales will be introduced to ensure an equitable and transparent recruitment process that minimises disruption to dental students and trainers. The London Postgraduate Deanery is leading on implementation of the scheme on behalf of all deaneries. The London deanery expects to have appointed all trainers for 2012 by the end of March. It is too early to forecast how many training places will be required to accommodate all new graduates in 2012 because some applicants under the national schemes have also applied for places in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the number of students who will fail or defer their final examinations is not yet known.

In this developing situation we are liaising closely with the deaneries to ensure that the resources available for the funding of training places are used to best effect. The students who attended for interview in November comprised 1,015 final-year dental students, of whom 918 were from England and Wales, eight from Scotland, 25 from Northern Ireland and 64 from the European Union. In addition, 60 dental students who are taking re-sits or are graduates already holding a dental degree attended for interview, of whom 48 were from England and Wales, one from Scotland, seven from the EU and four from the rest of the world.

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