Route for International (Non-UK) Graduates To Gain Performer List Number

As HEE and NHS England came together on 1 April 2023, agreement was reached that all dental applications to join the NHS (England) (Dental) Performers List will be managed in accordance with the existing NHS England Policy for Managing Applications to Join the England Performers Lists (published 11 February 2022). From this date all applicants who are not exempt from foundation training under Regulation 34 (4) (c) and who would previously have been assessed by the HEE Performers List Validation by Experience (PLVE) scheme will instead be invited to engage in a structured conversation process to assess their knowledge, skills, and experience. There will not be a separate ‘PLVE’ application form and no fee will be payable by any applicant to NHS England.

The structured conversation will be conducted jointly by an NHS England Dental Advisor and a representative of the Post-graduate Dental Deans. If learning or support needs are identified, an educational/clinical support plan (ECSP) will be drawn up jointly by the Dental Advisor and representative of the Dental Deans and offered to the applicant using Agreement Terms to enable the applicant to practice under the terms set out in the Agreement. The Agreement will set out how success against the terms will be monitored and the process to be followed if for whatever reason the agreement terms are not satisfactorily completed. Until any amendment to the Regulations is enacted, the assessment of equivalence under Regulation 34 (4) (c) will be linked to the requirement of the ECSP and will be used to bring forward evidence of equivalence at the end of the Agreement Term period.

This process mirrors that already in place for EEA-qualified dentists and returners, and in addition to ensuring equitable treatment of all applicants, seeks to address perceived barriers to overseas dentists joining the NHS primary care dental workforce.The first quarter of 2023/24 will provide a transitional phase to ensure that this streamlined process is managed effectively and safely. The following principles will apply during the transition period:

Important Notice:

No fees will be payable to NHSE on or after 1st April 2023 regardless of where an applicant is in the process.

There will be no reimbursement of fees paid prior to 1st April 2023.

Applicants who have been included on the Performers List under the HEE PLVE route prior to 1st April 2023 will continue on that route and their portfolio will be assessed by former HEE colleagues.

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NHSE WT&E Thames Valley and Wessex Dental Directorate provide a suite of courses to support practitioners wanting to work in the NHS. The following Introduction to the NHS Modules are suitable for dentists who are new to the NHS, dentists returning to NHS practice, and any dental professional interested in learning more about the featured topics.

Course List 2023

Tues 30/05/202310-13hrsPeriodontology 1
Tues 06/06/2023 10-13hrsPeriodontology 2  
Thurs 08/06/202310-13hrsIR(ME)R 1 
Thurs 15/06/202310-13hrs  IR(ME)R 2 
Mon 11/09/2023  10-13hrsMedically Compromised Patients
Thurs 14/09/2023 10-12hrs Medical Emergencies
Thurs 21/09/202310-13hrs Record Keeping
Thurs 28/09/2023 10-13hrsContract Law 
Mon 02/10/2023 10-12hrsIOTN 
Thurs 05/10/202310-13hrs Legal and Ethical  
Wed 11/10/202310-13hrs Safeguarding Children 
Thurs 12/10/2023 10-13hrsSafeguarding Adults and Dementia
Wed 18/10/202310-13hrsInfection Prevention & Control 1
Thurs 19/10/202310-13hrsInfection Prevention & Control 2
Thurs 26/10/2023 10-13hrsCommunication
Mon 30/10/2023 10-13hrs Clinical Governance 1
Mon 06/11/202310-13hrsClinical Governance 2
Thurs 09/11/2023 10-13hrs NHS Contract, UDAs & NICE
Mon 13/11/202310-13hrsPaediatric Dentistry 
Thurs 16/11/2023 10-13hrsIR(ME)R 1
Thurs 23/11/2023 10-13hrs  IR(ME)R 2 
Tues 28/11/2023 10-13hrsPeriodontology 1
Tues 05/12/202310-13hrsPeriodontology 2 

 Important Notice :

The above units may be subject to change, due to staff availability, participant demand and updates to our curriculum.