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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:

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