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South scheme

We are most fortunate to offer an abundance of high quality training practices with excellent facilities and talented trainers in our scheme.  With one of the highest rates of NHS dental provision in the country only the best practices and trainers are selected to be part of our schemes. 

This scheme spreads from Teesside and the Cleveland Hills to surrounding areas of historic Durham further north. Commuting between these widely contrasting areas is extremely easy with excellent road and rail links both north and south and leisure activities are plentiful.  For thrill seekers there is white water rafting at the stunning Tees Barrage or for a cultural experience discover the delights of the cobbled streets of Durham city.

To apply to the south scheme, click here.

The study day curriculum has been adapted to blend a rich mixture of scheme based study days with multi-scheme days using the feedback from previous foundation dentists to guide our content. Online evaluations together with the inclusion of trainee involvement programme planning help ensure we deliver programmes to meet your needs within the dental foundation curriculum.  Trainers recognise the importance of team spirit and work together to make this a reality to ensure no one is left out.  Our Induction in September includes an “Apprentice” type challenge to initiate that team spirit which is so important in making new friends and colleagues.

What our previous foundation dentists say about the programme:

“I found it essential in the transition from university to general dental practice.  The DF year has encouraged me to be reflective and grow in confidence, but also feel happy to ask for help when needed”.

 “Gained the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge from BDS and apply this to general practice.”


Upon allocation to the south scheme we will to publish details of the training practices on our medical and dental website and then rank our trainers following a face to face meeting at a neutral venue. Your ranking at national recruitment will then prioritise your ranked preferences. Final allocation will be made after this stage.