Dental therapist course peaks with ‘Windy City’ trip

A trip to the International Dental Conference in Chicago in February 2011 could prove an incentive to dental therapists considering a vocational training scheme.

The scheme is designed to equip dental therapy graduates with the necessary training and education required to work successfully in a general dental practice without the pressures of an oversized patient group.

As a therapist vocational trainee you will be employed by an approved training practice in the NESC boundary (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight) for three days/week.

The educational programme comprises 12 day-release training days, including a hands-on course.

An approved vocational trainer will be available to you during your three days of work for advice and support, providing at least 20, one hour in-practice seminars during the year.

A highlight of the programme is a trip to the International Dental Conference in Chicago in February 2011.

Therapist Vocational Trainees will be employed on an NHS Agenda for Change Band 6.23 rate, currently £25,829, paid pro-rata for 3 days per week, and will benefit from employment with a formal contract and 12 days (4 weeks pro-rata) paid holiday during the year.

Enquiries to Kira Stearns, Dental Therapist Vocational Training Advisor at  or administrator Angela Evans on 01865 740616 or at

Application forms can be found at

Closing date for full applications is 9 April 2010.

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