NHS dental care for children - SpaDental Chard
31st May 2022
At SpaDental Chard we are very aware access to NHS dental care for children is difficult these days. We are… read more
SpaDental is aware that talented dentists from around the world would like the opportunity to work in the UK. We already have some associate dentists in our practices who have trained overseas and found their own way to us. Now we are actively inviting applications from overseas qualified dentists seeking employment in England.
We’re inviting qualified overseas dentists to get in touch
Please contact us using the form at the end of this page if you’re a qualified dentist interested in working as an associate with us in England.
We look forward to hearing from serious applicants and helping you with the application procedures.
Our aim is to guide and support candidates so they can work with us in the UK.
Employment opportunities for applicants from overseas have changed since January 2021.
SpaDental aims to assist well-qualified dental professionals to work in England. Our first step is to invite international candidates to apply for Associate Dentist positions.
We are aware the immigration and registration process can be lengthy. To help applicants understand registration and immigration procedures, we have outlined some important considerations below.
To practice in the UK, all dentists need to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).
Dentists working in private practices do not require a NHS performer number. While some SpaDental practices only see private patients, our mixed practices can provide mentorship and supervision towards the NHS requirement of Performers List Validation by Experience (PLVE).
From 2021, there are of course some changes the GDC outlines on this page.
If you are considering registration to work in the UK it is worth beginning the process sooner rather than later.
The GDC recognises a limited number of dental qualifications if gained before a certain date, or between certain dates, at specific universities. The universities recognised are located in: Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
The Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) is an alternative, but longer, route to registration. If the GDC does not recognise your qualification as above, overseas dentists wishing to work in the UK can apply.
Although the pandemic has affected the provision of ORE opportunities, the GDC is working towards publishing a new exam schedule soon.
The UK issues a general purpose statement of comparability for overseas qualifications through the UK National Information Centre (UK ENIC).
For registration, the GDC requires a proficient level of English. A International English Language Test (IELTS) score of 7.0 is considered sufficient. That is, you should be a ‘good user’ who can handle complex language and understand detailed reasoning, although there may be occasional inaccuracies.
From January 2021, the same rules for new workers entering the country will apply to all candidates from outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland. This means getting permission in advance from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as a sponsored ‘Skilled Worker’ or a ‘Health and Care Worker’.
All workers in dental practices require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. Therefore, visa applicants will require proof of a clean criminal record for any country they have lived in during the last ten years, while over the age of 18.
Travellers to the UK from listed countries must include a clean tuberculosis test from an approved health centre in their visa application.
To protect clinicians working in our dental practices, we ask for proof of an up-to-date Hepatitis B vaccination before employment commences.
Please submit the form below if you are a qualified dentist interested in working in one of our practices in the west of England.
Please note: To the best of our knowledge, all the above information is correct in April 2021. If you have more current information to share, please contact us.
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