Dental Therapist Foundation Training in Yorkshire and the Humber

 

September 2021

We are now taking Expressions of Interest for prospective Educational Supervisors for the 2022/23 training programme.

 

Please see the FAQ box below titled: Expressions of Interest for Educational Supervisors

 

 

 

Expressions of Interest for Educational Supervisors

Health Education England (HEE), working across Yorkshire and the Humber, has secured funding for a continuation of the pilot Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme. The fifth year of the pilot will commence in September 2022.

HEE plans to fund a small Dental Therapist Foundation Training Scheme of up to 10 dental therapists and would like to hear from practices that are interested in taking part.

Brief details of the proposed pilot are below.

Expressions of interest are invited by 25th January 2023 by email to the Training Programme Director, Joanne Ward

Joanne.ward@hee.nhs.uk

Yours Sincerely,

Dental Therapy Foundation Training team, Yorkshire and Humber

Joanne Ward

Simon Hearnshaw 

Contractual obligations:
What we expect from the trainee, the practice and Educational Supervisor is outlined below for your reference.

The Programme

  • The programme will recruit recently qualified dental therapists or those with less than approximately 18 months experience.
  • The duration of the programme will be one year.

The Practice

  • The practice will employ their own foundation dental therapist (FDT). HEE will circulate a list of suitable therapists who have applied for the programme and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The practice will employ and pay the salary for the dental therapist foundation trainee each month. 
  • The practice will provide a suitable induction.
  • The practice will provide a minimum of three clinical days per week, to include attendance for trainee study days.
  • The practice will comply with the contractual guidance for training and work within GDC guidelines for dental therapists. By this, the practice will have a good understanding of the Dental Therapist Scope of Practice and Direct Access Guidance:

https://www.gdc-uk.org/docs/default-source/scope-of-practice/scope-of- practice.pdfuk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Documents/Scope of PracticeSeptember 2013 (3). Pdf

http://www.gdc-uk.org/dentalprofessionals/standards/pages/direct-access.aspx

  • The practice must evidence satisfactory completion of training.

    
The Trainer

  • The professional relationship between trainer and trainee will be that of provider/performer. This means that the provider is both legally and professionally responsible for the trainee.
  • The trainer has vicarious liability for the actions of the trainee. Trainers are required to assess the competence and suitability of their trainees to carry out the work, by means of structured assessment.
  • The trainer will be available in the practice during the trainee’s working hours to provide support, advice and assistance the trainee. The trainer will also carry out work-based assessments.
  • The trainer will provide 20 tutorials over the training period (These will last 1 hour and will be conducted at an interval of 1 per week for first 10 weeks then 1 per month thereafter)
  • The trainer will report on reviews of competency progression at one month, six months and eleven months.
  • The trainer will refer sufficient work to the trainee that should be therapy-based rather than hygiene-based in order for the individual to gain the appropriate amount of clinical experience.

Payment

  • The training practices will be paid termly by HEE at the end of each period; subject to satisfactory training. The trainee therapist will be employed by the training practice and paid by the training practice.
  • All fees/UDAs are to be deemed as practice revenue and UDAs will attributed to the practice.

 

  • The 21/22 Financial model is represented below and will be subject to change for 22/23.

The practice will receive £25,000 (This equates to £18,000 for the Dental Therapist's salary, £4000 for practice costs and a £3,000 trainer grant). This will be paid to the training practice retrospectively in 3 equal payments at the end of each term of training.

The trainee salary will be aligned to Agenda for Change Band 6:23. The FDT will receive £18,000 over the training period and this will be paid by the training practice at the end of each month.
 

DTFT obligations

  • The trainee will work as an employee for the duration of the foundation training year under the terms of the agreed contract for a minimum of three days a week. Further employment for additional days per week may be with the training practice or another site by separate agreement.
  • The applicant will take up the foundation training placement once accepted, enter into an agreed contract of employment with the trainer and abide by the contract terms in all respects.
  • The trainee will participate in an initial interview to identify strengths and weaknesses and work with the trainer to draw up a development plan. 
  • The trainee will work under the direction of the trainer and seek advice on clinical and administrative matters where necessary.
  • In the interest of good patient care and management of practice, the trainee will immediately draw the trainer’s attention to any potential or encountered problems.
  • The trainee will attend regular tutorials within normal practice hours. (Tutorials are to last at least one hour and recorded in the PDP).
  • The trainee is to diligently attend study days. (The trainee should avoid taking annual leave that leads to absence from a planned course).
  • The trainee will co-operate with the trainer and the practice so that they make the most of the facilities and opportunities provided, particularly training opportunities. This is so that a wide range of NHS practise is experienced and so that, as far as is reasonably possible, the trainee is fully occupied.
  • The trainee will work with the trainer to ensure that their progress and professional development is assessed and monitored, using the online portfolio and any other material provided for this purpose; and to ensure that the relevant documentation is kept up-to-date.
  • The trainee will undertake any specified activities as part of the assessment process within Dental Therapist Foundation Training.
  • The trainee will act as a full and committed member of the dental practice team; participating in practice meetings, following correct practice protocols and co-operating with practice staff in all respects.
Applying for Dental Therapy Foundation Training 22/23

Applications for Trainee Dental Therapists, for the 2022-2023 training programme, will open in MAY/JUNE 2022.

Before completing the application form, please read through the information provided in this handbook.

https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/handbook_dtft_20-21_update_2.pdf

Please direct any questions you may have about the training scheme to Joanne Ward: Joanne.ward@hee.nhs.uk

 

Applying for Educational Supervisor for DTFT 22/23

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Educational Supervisor for Dental Therapy Foundation Training.

We are not accepting applications at this point but please contact us if you are interested in becoming an Educational Supervisor in 22/23.

If you would like more information about the 2021/22 scheme please contact the Training Programme Director, Joanne Ward: Joanne.ward@hee.nhs.uk

 

What is involved in Dental Therapy Foundation Training

Dental Therapist Foundation Training is a programme for new or recently qualified Dental Therapists. It is designed to support them in their first year in practice including supervision, mentoring and a study day programme.

We are currently running the 21/22 programme and will update details about 22/23 applications in due course on the website 

The 2022/23 scheme has a provisional start date of 1st September 2022.

Details about the 2021/22 scheme are under regular review and all updates will appear on this page.

 

Further information about the scheme is detailed within the Applicant Handbook. This can be found by selecting the blue box above, titled: 'Applying for Dental Therapy Foundation Training 22/23'

If you have any further questions please direct them to Joanne Ward, Training Programme Director for DTFT in Yorkshire and the Humber;

joanne.ward@hee.nhs.uk

For your reference, I have included our terms for the current DTFT programme:

Contractual obligations:
What we expect from the trainee, the practice and Educational Supervisor is outlined below for your reference.

The Programme

  • The programme will recruit recently qualified dental therapists or those with less than approximately 18 months experience.
  • The duration of the programme will be one year.

The Practice

  • The practice will employ their own foundation dental therapist (FDT). HEE will circulate a list of suitable therapists who have applied for the programme and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The practice will employ and pay the salary for the dental therapist foundation trainee each month. 
  • The practice will provide a suitable induction.
  • The practice will provide a minimum of three clinical days per week, to include attendance for trainee study days.
  • The practice will comply with the contractual guidance for training and work within GDC guidelines for dental therapists. By this, the practice will have a good understanding of the Dental Therapist Scope of Practice and Direct Access Guidance:

https://www.gdc-uk.org/docs/default-source/scope-of-practice/scope-of- practice.pdfuk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Documents/Scope of PracticeSeptember 2013 (3). Pdf

http://www.gdc-uk.org/dentalprofessionals/standards/pages/direct-access.aspx

  • The practice must evidence satisfactory completion of training.

    
The Trainer

  • The professional relationship between trainer and trainee will be that of provider/performer. This means that the provider is both legally and professionally responsible for the trainee.
  • The trainer has vicarious liability for the actions of the trainee. Trainers are required to assess the competence and suitability of their trainees to carry out the work, by means of structured assessment.
  • The trainer will be available in the practice during the trainee’s working hours to provide support, advice and assistance the trainee. The trainer will also carry out work-based assessments.
  • The trainer will provide 20 tutorials over the training period (These will last 1 hour and will be conducted at an interval of 1 per week for first 10 weeks then 1 per month thereafter)
  • The trainer will report on reviews of competency progression at one month, six months and eleven months.
  • The trainer will refer sufficient work to the trainee that should be therapy-based rather than hygiene-based in order for the individual to gain the appropriate amount of clinical experience.

Payment

  • The training practices will be paid termly by HEE at the end of each period; subject to satisfactory training. The trainee therapist will be employed by the training practice and paid by the training practice.
  • All fees/UDAs are to be deemed as practice revenue and UDAs will attributed to the practice.

 

  • The 21/22 Financial model is represented below and will be subject to change for 22/23.

The practice will receive £25,000 (This equates to £18,000 for the Dental Therapist's salary, £4000 for practice costs and a £3,000 trainer grant). This will be paid to the training practice retrospectively in 3 equal payments at the end of each term of training.

The trainee salary will be aligned to Agenda for Change Band 6:23. The FDT will receive £18,000 over the training period and this will be paid by the training practice at the end of each month.
 

DTFT obligations

  • The trainee will work as an employee for the duration of the foundation training year under the terms of the agreed contract for a minimum of three days a week. Further employment for additional days per week may be with the training practice or another site by separate agreement.
  • The applicant will take up the foundation training placement once accepted, enter into an agreed contract of employment with the trainer and abide by the contract terms in all respects.
  • The trainee will participate in an initial interview to identify strengths and weaknesses and work with the trainer to draw up a development plan. 
  • The trainee will work under the direction of the trainer and seek advice on clinical and administrative matters where necessary.
  • In the interest of good patient care and management of practice, the trainee will immediately draw the trainer’s attention to any potential or encountered problems.
  • The trainee will attend regular tutorials within normal practice hours. (Tutorials are to last at least one hour and recorded in the PDP).
  • The trainee is to diligently attend study days. (The trainee should avoid taking annual leave that leads to absence from a planned course).
  • The trainee will co-operate with the trainer and the practice so that they make the most of the facilities and opportunities provided, particularly training opportunities. This is so that a wide range of NHS practise is experienced and so that, as far as is reasonably possible, the trainee is fully occupied.
  • The trainee will work with the trainer to ensure that their progress and professional development is assessed and monitored, using the online portfolio and any other material provided for this purpose; and to ensure that the relevant documentation is kept up-to-date.
  • The trainee will undertake any specified activities as part of the assessment process within Dental Therapist Foundation Training.
  • The trainee will act as a full and committed member of the dental practice team; participating in practice meetings, following correct practice protocols and co-operating with practice staff in all respects.

 

Contact us

The Dental Therapy Foundation Team

Joanne Ward

Training Programme Director 

joanne.ward@hee.nhs.uk

Simon Hearnshaw

Training Programme Director

Simon.Hearnshaw@hee.nhs.uk

 

 

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