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Special care dentistry

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Special Care Dentistry is the branch of Dentistry which provides preventive and treatment oral care services for people who are unable to accept routine dental care because of some physical, intellectual, medical, emotional, sensory, mental or social impairment, or a combination of these factors.

It requires a holistic approach that is specialist led in order to meet the complex requirements of people with impairments. The training reflects the nature of Special Care Dentistry by taking place in a variety of primary care, hospital, and community settings. It would be expected that a specialty trainee without accredited prior learning, training or experience in Special Care Dentistry would complete training in three years.

The training will produce dentists who are specialists in special care dentistry and who will be able to register on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list in Special Care Dentistry on completion of training. This training is a Dental Postgraduate deanery approved programme which is accompanied by a National Training Number (NTN) and leads towards a CCST.

Training is designed to equip the trainee with the skills necessary to practice as a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry. These are defined in the curriculum prescribed by the GDC:

Special Care Dentistry Curriculum (Pdf)

For further information please download the file below:


This dental specialty is using the ISCP system.

Training Programme Director & Specialty Training Committee Chair

Vicki Jones - Consultant in Special Care Dentistry for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Specialty Training Administrator
Fran Yuen-Lee – Dental Postgraduate Section, HEIW, Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw