A helping hand for young dentists’ careers

A new scheme to help young dentists climb the career ladder following their NHS vocational training has been launched by the British Dental Association (BDA).

VT Advance is a one-year scheme and participants ¬– or ‘vocational associates’ – are promised a minimum salary of £35,000 and they’ll be based in a dental practice with a dedicated trainer.

The key skills of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) will be covered in the programme. They are clinical record keeping, infection control, legislation and good practice guidelines, medical emergencies and radiography.

The scheme will be free to participating vocational associates.

Graham Brown, Chair of the BDA’s Education Committee, said:

‘VT Advance offers a unique pathway to help young dentists develop their skills and experience in a supportive environment that we at the BDA hope will give participants the best possible start to their professional lives.

‘Participation represents an excellent opportunity for young dentists to enhance their all-round skills and take a significant step forwards in their careers.”

Initially, there will be two schemes, one operating in the London area and one in the West Midlands.

To be eligible for the schemes, candidates should already have completed their vocational training year.

Further information and details of how to apply to join VT Advance are available from the BDA website or from David Campbell at the BDA on 020 7563 6896 or [email protected]

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