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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 2019

Closing Date     Date of Meeting
Wednesday 16th JanuaryFriday 1st February
Wednesday 6th MarchFriday 22nd March
Wednesday 24th AprilFriday 10th May
Wednesday 29th MayFriday 14th June
Wednesday 31st JulyFriday 16th August
Wedensday 11th SeptemberFriday 27th September
Wednesday 23rd OctoberFriday 8th November
Wednesday 27th NovemberFriday 13th December

Please note changes to the application process:

CLOSING DATE

  • Applications should be submitted no later than 5pm on the closing date.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered until the next meeting.
  • Any additional documentation received after the closing date WILL NOT be presented to the panel. 

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