Diploma course in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

Next available course for application - January 2019

Course details

The School provides an intensive 27-month course that prepares candidates to take the Diplomas in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy of the Royal College of Surgeons. The course commences each January.

Training courses for dental therapists and hygienists have traditionally been affiliated to dental hospitals. However, the focus of dental care is now in the primary care setting, so this is where our DCP students are trained.

Hygienists are recognised as valuable members of the general dental practice team. Therapists have worked in hospital and community practice since the 1960’s and in general practices since 2002.

The training takes place in primary care in Greater Manchester and Salford, with clinical placements within the Community Dental Service and General Dental Practices, and with the Oral Health Improvement and Education teams.

The aim of the course is to train competent Dental Therapists & Hygienists for primary care by integrating the clinical and theoretical components of the training course.

When qualified and registered, dually qualified hygienists/therapists can perform a wide range of duties in any branch of dentistry. Their scope of practice is outlined below. Some items of dental treatment require post qualification training.

  • Intra and extra oral assessments including the recording of dental indices
  • Monitoring of dental diseases
  • Supra and sub gingival scaling
  • Applying prophylactic and antimicrobial materials
  • Polishing of teeth and fillings
  • Application of topical fluoride
  • Fissure sealing teeth
  • Taking dental radiographs
  • Restorations (fillings) in both primary (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth
  • Extraction of primary teeth
  • Pulp treat primary teeth with extensive tooth decay
  • Administration of local anaesthetic
  • Placement of pre formed metal crowns on primary teeth
  • Replacing temporary crowns and fillings
  • Taking impressions
  • Health education to patients and to groups

and following a period of further training: -

  • Treating patients using conscious sedation
  • Whitening teeth

All the treatments carried out by Dental Therapists & Hygienists require the development of a high level of manual dexterity.

Dental Therapists & Hygienists are registrants of the General Dental Council.


The course is commissioned by Health Education England North West which is a Local Education and Training Board (LETB) and part of Health Education England (HEE). They will be the forum for providers and professionals to work collectively to improve the quality of education and training outcomes within our local areas, and to meet the needs of service providers, patients and the public.

Health Education England North West will meet the tuition and examination fee contributions on behalf of the students for the normal duration of the 27-month course. Any examination re-sits or deferment of final examinations will require self-funding.

NHS Bursary

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) administers bursaries for healthcare students on behalf of the Department of Health. For full details of eligibility and financial support available, please access www.nhsbsa.co.uk/students.


Application packs will be sent electronically. To register your interest and request an application pack please contact a member of the school team providing your name, contact telephone number and email address on telephone number 0161 212 4809 or julie.horrigan@mft.nhs.uk. You can also leave your request for an application pack by voicemail making sure that you provide your name, contact telephone number and email address in that message. The closing date for applications for the course commencing January 2019 is 4pm on Friday, 6th July 2018.

Open Day

If you are interested in pursuing a career as, or employing, a Dental Therapist/Hygienist you are welcome to join us at the address below anytime between 1 - 6pm on Thursday, 17th May 2018 for an informal drop-in, there is no need to make an appointment.

For further assistance, you are welcome to telephone 0161 212 4809 where a member of the team will be pleased to help or email julie.horrigan@mft.nhs.uk with your query.