The project will encompass dentistry's general professional training (GPT) foundation curriculum and is funded by the Department of Health.
It's one of several initiatives in different specialties that make up its e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) initiative and it's the first time that the dental faculties have collaborated in this way, representing a 'major step forward for dentistry in the UK'.
The e-LfH project will enable the faculties to develop e-learning to support the GPT curriculum and provide the necessary information for candidates preparing for the MJDF and MFDS examinations.
The program will be available UK-wide and is free to all NHS trainees and anyone with an NHS contract.
It will have a structured, educational format with assessment exercises that will be accessible from the faculties' websites.
The content will also be suitable for continuing professional development and revalidation purposes, both for dentists and dental care professionals.
Paul Brunton, Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Leeds, an Edinburgh Fellow and Board member of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), has been appointed Clinical Lead for the project.
His immediate task is to recruit a team of module editors and content authors
and to oversee the division of the GPT curriculum into learning modules.