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Obtaining a VT Number

All dentists who are going to join a Health Board dental list need to have a VT number

This means that any dentist who has joined a Health Board dental list since 1st October 1993, as either a Principal or an Associate, should have a VT number. If a dentist takes early retirement, he/she is required to leave the dental list for one month. Before he/she can return to the dental list, he/she will need to have obtained a VT number.

If a dentist ends his/her contract, and then wishes to rejoin the dental list of another Health Board, he/she needs to have a VT number before doing so.

Full information on applying for a Vocational Training number and on applying for a Vocational Training number via equivalence:

Dates of Equivalence Meetings 2017

Date of Meeting   Closing Date
Friday 27th January  Monday 16th January
Friday 24th March  Wednesday 8th March
Friday 19th May  Wednesday 3rd May
Friday 18th August  Wedensday 2nd August
Friday 29th September  Wednesday 13th September
Friday 27th October  Wednesday 11th October
Friday 15th December  Wednesday 29th November

Please note that only full applications will be submitted to the panel. Applications received after the closing date will be submitted to the subsequent meeting. 

Who does not need a vocational training number?

Dentists who are going to be Vocational Trainees or Assistants do not need to apply for a VT number however they are required to be on a Health Board's list before they can assist in the provision of NHS General Dental Services.

If a dentist has a current contract with a Health Board and then takes on additional contracts within the same Health Board he/she does not require a VT number. Likewise, if he/she completes a contract one day and starts a new contract the next day with the same Health Board he/she does not require a VT number.

PLEASE NOTE - if there is a break from being included on the same Health Board's dental list, which is longer than a weekend, the dentist requires a vocational training number before he/she can rejoin.

Contact

For further information please contact -

The Dental Vocational Training Secretariat
NHS Education for Scotland
Floor 2, Westport 102
West Port
Edinburgh, EH3 9DN

dentalvtnumbers@nes.scot.nhs.uk