Health Education England - South West Dental Postgraduate Education will open the application process for recruiting Dental Foundation Training Educational Supervisors for the 2021-22 Foundation Training intake from 4th January 2021.

Please carefully read the following guidance and Job Description on how to apply.

FD Educational Supervisor Application Guidance 

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Educational Supervisor on the South West Dental Foundation Training Scheme starting in September 2021.

You will need to submit various documents alongside your application.  These include  Reflective Writing and PDP and 360 Degree Appraisal. You will need to imbed these documents into this template.   Here you can find information on the Person Specification and Practice Specification and a Gold Standard guide.

New applicants and existing Educational Supervisors must complete the Educational Supervisor application form which will be available below from 4th January 2021 until 1st February 2021. This must be emailed, along with your supporting documentation form, to by the closing date of 1st February 2021. Applications will be logged centrally and then forwarded to a scheme TPD to be checked through.


All new applicants will be interviewed in 2021.  If you are a current ES then you may be called for interview.

Interviews will take place on either Thursday 4th March or Thursday 25th March and will be done virtually.

A letter will be sent to all applicants with the decision of the interview panel soon after the final interview day.

Practice Visits

All new applicants will be visited. Current ESs who scored in the top 75% will not be required to have a practice inspection. Applicants who were in the bottom 25% will have a practice inspection unless one was carried out in January/February 2020. All ESs due to be visited and all new applicants will be contacted in February to inform them of their practice visit date and time. There is not much notice for these visits but they must be completed before the interviews in March.

The visit will be for approximately 90 minutes. You must not have patients booked for yourself during this time but the rest of the practice should work normally. If you are an associate applying to be an FT trainer, the practice owner should be available for about 15 minutes during the visit.

The visitors are GDPs who are only available for one day per week for visits. Therefore, as all the visits must be carried out by early March it is important that you comply with the suggested time, almost certainly some patients will have to be cancelled. We apologise for this and hope you will understand.

360 Degree Appraisal

This self assessment tool is a very useful way of gaining feedback on your own performance as a trainer and practitioner. There is a point in the scoring syste this simple and effective technique, for those who show evidence that they have used this technique as part of a wider process of reflective writing and appraisal in drawing up a Professional Development Plan. We have strengthened this part of the trainer selection process in light of COPDEND's publication 'Standards for Dental Educators' which is downloadable from the COPDEND website. This document highlights the importance of reflection, feedback, planning and appraisal in the development of educators' skills.

Please note that applications are made to the South West Foundation Training Program, not to an individual FT scheme. Although schemes are arranged geographically, because of the national requirement to balance numbers in schemes, it cannot be guaranteed that a successful applicant will be placed on a particular FT scheme.

Finally, as part of our procedure for the appointment of Foundation ESs, a list of all applicants is sent to the appropriate LDC, LAT, BDA and to the GDC, with a request for any comments they may wish to make.

Download the Application form

Download the supporting documents template

The closing date for applications is Midnight on Monday 1st February 2021.

Please email all application documents to the Foundation Training Office


Important Dates

Please note the key dates below. Attendance is compulsory for interviews, courses and workshops.

Educational Supervisors course:

New and 'returning' ESs (ESs who are coming to the end of their first full year as an ES) course will take place on Wednesday 14th  and Thursday 15th July 2021.

ES workshops:

1st workshop TBC - this usually takes place in October 2021

2nd workshop TBC


Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely

David Lee
Associate Dean Foundation Training