Health Education England - South West Dental Postgraduate Education will open the application process for recruiting Dental Foundation Training Educational Supervisors for the 2019-20 Foundation Training intake from 3rd December 2018.

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 2019.

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

New applicants must complete the Educational Supervisor application form which will be available below from 3rd December 2018 to 231st January 2019. This then must be emailed, along with your supporting documentation, to DentalFoundation.SW@hee.nhs.uk by the closing date of 31st January 2019. Applications will be logged centrally and then forwarded to a scheme TPD to be checked through.

Interviews

Fewer people will be interviewed this coming year than in previous years, based on the scores from the March 2018 interviews/application process. The top 25% will be considered for interview in 2021, the mid 50% to be considered for interview in 2020. Those scoring in the lower 25% will be informed whether they will be interviewed in 2019 or receive an appraisal to develop a personal development plan with your TPD at the TPD Adept visit. All new applicants will be interviewed in 2019

Interviews will take place on Thursday 7th March in Plymouth and on Thursday 21st March 2019  in Bristol.

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

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 2018. All ESs due to be visited and all new applicants will be contacted in early 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

The closing date for applications is Midnight on Thursday 31st January 2019.

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.

Developing Dental Education Course

Katy Newell-Jones (Oxford-Brookes) has agreed to provide 4 education modules specifically to support dental based ESs.  Katy has excellent experience with ESs and has carried out similar work in London, Thames Valley and Wessex.  Priority will be offered to SW ESs and the only cost to those attending will be travel and subsistence.  The first 2 modules will be on 11th and 12th April 2019 in Exeter and the remaining 2 modules will be on 6th and 7th June 2019 in Bristol.  All current/continuing ESs should have now informed Katy Williams  of which dates you wish to attend.

All new Educational Supervisor applicants will be expected to undertake the modules. 

Educational Supervisors course:

New and 'returning' ESs (ESs who are coming to the end of their first full year as an ES) Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th July 2019, Deanery House, Bristol.

ES workshops:

1st workshop TBC - this usually takes place in October 2019

2nd workshop TBC

 

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely

David Lee
Associate Dean Foundation Training