NHSE Hygiene Preceptorship for Dental HygienistsLondon and South East England

What is hygiene preceptorship? 

A one year mentor programme for the newly graduated hygienist clinicians. 

‘A period to guide and support all newly qualified practitioners to make the transition from student to develop their practice further’. Whilst serving the wider goals of the NHS and meeting needs of the population. NHSE are offering this programme aligning with other allied healthcare professionals to provide access to healthcare. 

Note: Dually qualified hygiene therapists have alternative courses please see DTFT or RTW. This Hygiene Preceptorship is exclusively for Hygienists 

How does it work?​ 

You will be employed by an appointed dental training practice by NHSE for two days per week. The breakdown of your week would be: One day in practice treating clinical ONLY NHS patients and another day being either a study day in one of our postgraduate centres or a placement in a community dental setting.  

Training Practices:

We will endeavour to allocate you to training practice within a reasonable commutable distance. However, travelling in and around London will also be needed to reach community/study day settings.  

You will be allocated one day during the week (Thursday) for a study day at our Post Graduate Centres (Northwick Park Hospital or Queen Marys University). When there is no study day planned for a particular week, a community placement will either be provided or you will be asked to participate in local outreaches tied with your practice, such as Nursery/ Elderly Care Home Oral Health Promotions. 


You will be allocated a clinical Mentor from your training practice during your year to provide support throughout the programme.   


raising awareness of oral health, increasing access to dental care in: Care Homes,  GP’s, Diabetes clinics, homeless/vulnerable populations, pharmacies, antenatal clinics, refugee/asylum seekers charities ​etc​. Refer patients into your dental practice and signpost to dental health services as appropriate. Community locations will vary and be based across London.  

Study Days:

opportunity to learn from the best in cutting edge, evidence-based study sessions with leading clinicians in the profession​. Structured and supported environment. Study group with peers to discuss cases and approaches throughout the year.  

​Exposure to other areas of the NHS and health care – rewarding experiences working with other health professionals; ​Clinical experience treating periodontal disease, with chairside support under NHS​ Clinical and pastoral support. 

Why should I do it?​ 

Opportunity to be part of a rewarding transformative healthcare approach – reaching underserved populations​. Renumeration for the dental hygienist will be in monthly instalments and paid by the practice​. Training practices will invoice NHSE. Payments will be made in arrears. Full details will be sent with the contracts and learning agreements before commencement.  



Total For Year 

Dental Hygienist Salary 


Travel Grant   


Practice Costs including nursing support and On Costs inc NI and Pension costs. 


Mentor Grant 




What do we expect of you?​ 

100% NHS clinical work is to be undertaken only. A strict no private hygiene to be undertaken during your placement. All practices will be visited by the lead DCP or TPD during the year.  

Mandatory attendance to study days, contribution to study groups and completion of “logbook” evaluation including reflections will be required from the hygienist​.  

Professionalism ​ 

You will be a champion for the NHS and for oral health within wider healthcare.  You will also be expected to comply with all relevant practice, NHS and GDC policies. You are also expected to have your indemnity set up before your placement starts. 

How to apply? 

Please click on the MS form link below to apply. Deadline: 9th August 1pm 


Successful applicants will receive an outcome letter via email.  


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