DFT Curriculum.

The two-year foundation training programme covers four main areas: Clinical, Communication, Professionalism, and Leadership and Management.  Within these areas, trainees must attain key skills and abilities. These are known as “major competencies”. Click on link to the COPDEND website.

Please note that a certificate cannot be reissued if this is misplaced.

Satisfactory Completion


Subject to being awarded an outcome 6, certificates are printed the first week of August. These are then sent to the registered Training Practice address (signed for) to arrive the second week in August. We cannot post to home addresses. 

If any learning needs or issues have not been addressed by that time then the certificate will be delayed until the end of August, when completion has been evidenced.

The process for moving onto another primary care role in the NHS is on the PCSE website; https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/services/performers-lists/. Trainees should apply using the NPL3 form to the Area Team for the area in which they will be proposing to work.


The major competencies in the Clinical domain are:

  1. Patient examination and diagnosis
  2. Treatment planning and patient management
  3. Health promotion and disease prevention
  4. Medical and Dental Emergencies
  5. Anaesthesia, sedation, pain and anxiety control
  6. Periodontal therapy and management of soft tissue
  7. Hard and Soft Tissue Surgery
  8. Non-surgical management of the hard and soft tissues of the head and neck
  9. Management of the developing dentition
  10. Restoration of teeth

The major competencies in the Communication domain are:

  1. Communication with the patient and family
  2. Communication with the clinical team and peers
  3. Communication with other professionals

The major competencies in the Professionalism domain are:

  1. Ethics
  2. Professionalism with regard to patients
  3. Professionalism with regard to self
  4. Professionalism with regard to clinical team and peers
Leadership and Management

The major competencies in the Leadership & Management domain are:

  1. Personal and practice organization
  2. Legislative
  3. Financial
  4. Leadership and Management