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Scotland Deanery

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Welcome to the Scotland Deanery.

    The Gold Guide is a guide to core and specialty training in dentistry. It covers recruitment into core training, how training is structured, and how trainees are assessed and by whom. It is recommended reading for both trainers and trainees in core training. The Gold Guide can be found on our Guidance, Forms and Policies page.

    Turas  is our data management system that holds information about you, your posts, your RCP results and your study leave applications. We initially set you up in the system, and after doing so, you will receive an automated email allowing you to log in to Turas. Please log in within 24 hours, and check that the information we have entered is accurate. A reset of the automated email can be requested via the helpdesk button.

    Please also ensure that you keep your contact details up to date.

    Dental Core Training follows a curriculum approved by the General Dental Council. The Curriculum can be located via our Guidance, Forms and Policies page.

    NES has developed an e-Portfolio (Turas) through which trainees can record and log evidence of their learning. E-Portfolio enables you to link your evidence to the curriculum requirements, and you should do this throughout your core training programme.

    Trainers will also have a log in to view the portfolios of the trainees they are supervising so that they can provide appropriate sign off on supervised learning events.

    You can log into e-Portfolio here.

    For help with passwords contact dental.assessment@nes.scot.nhs.uk 


    Guidance has also been developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges about how to enter information on e-portfolio to maintain the privacy of individuals and how to use reflection and feedback to improve learning. You should follow this guidance.

    Your induction information is available via our Guidance, Forms and Policies page. If you will be working in a hospital during your training, there is also Hospital Guidelines available to you.

    An NES induction day for all dental core trainees takes place on the first day of your new post in September. Details are circulated closer to the time. A summary of the NES induction is available online through the above link. This is maintained with any information updates throughout your post.

    You should also receive a local induction at your place of work. This will include corporate induction information (such as manual handling, fire safety, equality and diversity training) and also information about your clinical environment including your clinical supervisory arrangements, working with the wider clinical team, how to report clinical incidents and how to respond to medical emergencies.

    The dates of your interim and annual review of competence progression will be listed on this page.  The process of this is described in the Dental Silver Guide and will also be explained to you by your Core Training Adviser.