Covering the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset, the South West region has excellent road and rail links throughout. Major centres include Gloucester, Swindon, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Barnstaple, Torbay, Plymouth, and Truro. The South West is renowned for its tourist industry, National Parks, coastline and the wide range of leisure facilities available.

From September 2024 there are 6 DFT schemes covering the South West, each based in a different geographic area. Each scheme represents on average 12 training practices. Details of these training practices will be available near the end of May.

Some of our schemes also have Joint Dental Foundation Core Training (JDFCT), Longitudinal or academic posts included in them. 


Bath and West

Bristol and South Cotswold

Devon and Coastal

Dorset and Wiltshire


West Devon and Cornwall


Useful Information

The Dental Foundation Training Handbook contains useful information on the DFT year. DFT Handbook 2023

Information on the FD Salary can be found at -

NHS Business Services information for Foundation Dentists



Many graduates who move away from their university or home town are concerned about accommodation. Some of our approved practices, especially those in Devon and Cornwall, will be able to advise and help you with finding somewhere to live.