From the hustle and bustle of a busy hospital to management of complex cases, specialty training is an exciting careers choice where you can focus your interests and expand your horizons.


Our committed trainers teach in small groups so you’ll always feel part of the team, getting the personal attention needed to hone your skills to become an excellent dentists and clinician.


The majority of our specialty registrars are based at Newcastle Dental Hospital and Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, except orthodontics, oral surgery and dental public health where some opportunities exist at other sites, including the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and Carlisle Royal Infirmary.


Specialties include: 


  • Restorative dentistry

  • Paediatric dentistry

  • Orthodontics

  • Oral surgery

  • Oral pathology

  • Oral maxillofacial surgery

  • Oral radiology

  • Dental public health

We are proud of our commitment to integrated academic training boasting a high proportion of academic trainees compared with most other deaneries.  A number of our specialty registrar posts are formally linked to an academic training programme at academic clinical fellowship and clinical lecturer level. These programmes combine training clinical attachments at Newcastle Dental Hospital with an academic programme based at the adjacent Newcastle University Dental School.

“This region is home to some world leading clinicians and academics which means we have the opportunity to work with some truly amazing people.”

Meet Mary Connolly

Mary was born and bred in Sheffield, South Yorkshire where she graduated as a dentist in 2012. She then relocated to Newcastle upon Tyne to undertake the sought-after two-year general professional training programme offered by the Northern Deanery. This included experience in a general dental practice, as well as a wide range of hospital experience.


Following this Mary undertook a year in the oral and maxillofacial surgery Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital and Paediatric DCT3 in Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She decided to return to Newcastle upon Tyne to undertake her registrar training in orthodontics.

Mary says: "Newcastle upon Tyne is my favourite city in the UK, it is very vibrant and there is something for everyone including the picturesque and rugged Northumberland, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the doorstep. When I applied for orthodontic national recruitment my first choice was Newcastle Dental Hospital. I really enjoyed my time here during my two-year GPT foundation training and I could not wait to start. The orthodontic staff are very helpful, friendly and supportive to all their trainees and our teaching alongside Newcastle University is excellent.’

For Mary she had prior knowledge of Newcastle that drew her back to the North East for StR training.

"We attend clinics with one other UK trainee and 2 international students, there is a mix of our own patient clinics and consultant-led clinics. I especially enjoy having a range of trainers to teach me different orthodontic techniques which has really enhanced my learning. We have also had a lot of support in preparation for our MOrth examinations.’

There are also lots of opportunities available in Newcastle for other aspects of career development.

"I sit on the panel as junior trainee representative of the specialist training committee and I am secretary for both the North East Odontological Society and North East Orthodontic audit circle."

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