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How to register to dental specialty training


To register for specialty training with the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC), you will need to complete Appendices 1 and 2 of the Dental Gold Guide (see below) and return these to dentalspecialtytraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk.


To complete the forms in full, you will need to log into Turas (further details provided below) to access your National Training Number (NTN) and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) date. Please note these details are tentative until they are confirmed by the SAC.


If you are unable to find the information you are looking for on this page, please contact: dentalspecialtytraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk 

    The Dental Gold Guide is a guide to specialty training in dentistry. It explains how your training is structured, how you are assessed, and by whom. The Dental Gold Guide is available on the COPDEND website.

    Turas is our data management system that holds information about you, your posts, your ARCP 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. Please also ensure that your contact details are correct as we will direct all correspondence here. 

    All specialty training programmes follow an individual curriculum approved by the General Dental Council. The curricula for specialty training programmes can be found on the General Dental Council’s website.

    The intercollegiate surgical curriculum programme (ISCP) has developed an e-portfolio through which most dental specialty trainees record and log evidence of their learning and link evidence to their curriculum. Your trainers will also be able to access your e-portfolio, for example, to sign off supervised learning events.


    You can log into e-portfolio at the ISCP website.

    Video demonstrations for the ISCP e-portfolio are available once you have successfully registered.


    Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology trainees should contact the Royal College of Radiologists to set up an e-portfolio.


    Dental Public Health trainees use the nhseportfolio  


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

    Your training induction information is available via our Guidance, Forms and Policies page. There will be an induction day for all new dental specialty trainees in September at Westport 102, Edinburgh. Details will be circulated closer to the time.

    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 supervisory arrangements, working with the wider clinical team, how to report clinical incidents and how to respond to medical emergencies.

    The date of your first ARCP will be on the next date listed for your specialty on this page.  The process of this is described in the Dental Gold Guide and will also be explained to you by your Educational Supervisor or Training Programme Director.