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Chief Dental Officer England's Clinical Fellow Scheme

Chief Dental Officer England's Clinical Fellow Scheme


The Chief Dental Officer England (CDOE) and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) are delighted to announce that the scheme is now open to dentists and dental care professionals from all sectors and is aimed at developing future leaders who have had limited leadership opportunities and have not held a senior leadership role in dentistry or oral healthcare.

What it is

Sponsored by the Chief Dental Officer England and managed by FMLM, the scheme is designed to accelerate and support those dentists and dental care professionals who present with the clearest potential to develop as leaders of the future.

Established in 2017, it provides a unique opportunity to spend 12 months in a national healthcare-affiliated organisation outside of dentistry practice to develop skills in leadership, management, strategy, project management and healthcare policy.

Who it's for

This scheme is for dentists and dental care professionals [dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists, clinical dental technicians] who meet the eligibility criteria specified in the scheme information pack. For information on clinical fellow schemes for other professions, please visit this page of our website. 

What it offers

Successful candidates gain:

  • a range of skills including leadership and management, policy development, project management, research and analysis
  • supported leadership and personal development
  • the opportunity to lead on key national projects which contribute to national healthcare priorities
  • access to professional networks across dentistry and healthcare at all levels
  • a highly developed understanding of healthcare policy and application
  • the skills to lead positive change
  • enhanced capabilities at developing and working with teams and to support others in developing their own personal insight and effectiveness

How it works

Candidates may submit an application for a place on the scheme during the recruitment period each year. Shortlisted candidates are interviewed and successful applicants are seconded from their current employer to take up a fellowship role for 12 months, starting 1 September.

This scheme is an experiential leadership development opportunity for 12 months, which immerses dental fellows at the centre of national healthcare organisations. From there, clinical fellows develop a broad range of enhanced leadership, policy, project and communication skills, by leading on programmes of work that will directly contribute to national healthcare priorities. The scheme is a fully immersive, intensive and rewarding experience, designed to provide unique insights, skills and experiences outside of the clinical setting. 

What do clinical fellows say?

"Having applied to the Chief Dental Officer England's Clinical Fellow Scheme to gain wider perspectives on dentistry, my time spent over the 12 months exceeded many expectations. The opportunity to contribute to national policy, develop guidelines and publish material on topics such as patient safety and denture loss, have all bestowed me with experiences which continue to provide opportunities since graduating from the scheme. Ultimately, I’ve acquired a new set of skills not easily developed within the clinical career of dentistry, which supports me professionally and my colleagues to action initiatives that manage dental and oral healthcare teams at a system level."

Dr Zain Hameed, Chief Dental Officer England's Clinical Fellow 2022/23, Office of the Chief Dental Officer England


Applications are now closed for 2024/25 recruitment.

Applications closed at 5pm GMT on 10 April 2024. Applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

Please note that the terms and conditions of the scheme, including eligibility, may be subject to change.

Meet the 2023/24 cohort

Find out who they are and what drives them to help create a better health service.

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