The next sitting of the ORE Part 2 will be held from 16 to 19 November 2023, and we are planning to hold sittings in January, April, September and November in 2024. Over recent years we have been able to offer a maximum of three sittings of the ORE Part 2 per year, providing for 432 places. This will be increased to a minimum of four sittings in 2024, a 33% increase in exam places.
We are also announcing that we are doubling the size of our registration casework team and that we have taken on more independent assessors.
These additional caseworkers will be focused on processing applications to join the dental care professional (DCP) register from those who qualify outside the UK, which will help to increase the number of applications assessed each month from the current 150 to around 250. While there continues to be a considerable backlog in applications, legislative reforms made in March this year have reduced the number of new applications to historical levels, as evidenced by the fact that, in June, we received 30 applications for this route to registration.
Gurvinder Soomal, GDC Chief Operating Officer, said:
“We are pleased to have secured these additional places for the ORE Part 2. We’ve worked with our partners over recent months to boost ORE capacity and, combined with the recent tripling of ORE Part 1 places, more candidates will have the opportunity to sit the ORE and be able to become registered dentists in the UK.
“Planning for the procurement of the ORE for 2025 and beyond has also begun. We are currently calling for evidence for the assessment of international dentists’ qualifications, knowledge and skills, to help inform this exercise.
“We’re also delighted to announce that we are recruiting more caseworkers to the team in Birmingham, and hope this will lead to faster processing of the backlog of outstanding applications to the register, following the closure of this route to qualified dentists on 8 March 2023.”