I had these links sent to me (by a newly qualified UK dentist, presently still in the UK) who tells me that there is a sort of "exchange" whereas newly qualified medical professionals can gain experience and have an OE at the same time.  Some of these contracts are for a year so they can change from country to country, gaining experience then moving on.  Apparently it's world wide.  This also begs the question of what happens with the mistakes made ?  Who "carries the can ?"

She intends to apply via these links to see how easily she could practice in New Zealand, check it out for yourself:



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  • Email from Valentina Vassiliadis of the DCNZ, with regard to the complaint against the misrepresentation of post-nominals used by OMS Peter Napier Liston, quote

    "We refer to earlier email communications with you regarding Dr Peter Liston, and wish to update you on the outcome of your complaint about the advertising of Dr Liston’s qualification.  We have received confirmation from the Royal College of Surgeons that under the rules of the College, Dr Liston may continue to state he took the Royal College of Surgeons of England examination but, as he has allowed his membership subscription to lapse, he is no longer entitled to use the post-nominals, as doing so would imply his continued membership of the College.  Having taken up the matter with Dr Liston, we are satisfied that he has now taken the appropriate action to remedy his advertising.  In particular, the post-nominal letters FDSRCS have been removed from advertising associated with his practice.  In addition, the post-nominals for his qualification are no longer displayed on the Dental Council public register.  Changes were made to the Dental Council public register as part of its recent implementation of a new IT system—including,

    • Describing qualifications in full, rather than using acronyms or abbreviation.
    • Clarifying that the qualifications displayed on the register are those that granted a practitioner registration for a particular scope of practice. This clarification appears as a text box when the cursor hovers over ‘Qualification(s)’.

    The Dental Council’s intent with these changes is to make it clearer to the public of New Zealand what qualifications granted a practitioner registration in their scope/s of practise.

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

    Kind regards

    Valentina Vassiliadis

    Acting Deputy Registrar

    Legal & Special Projects Advisor

    Dental Council

    Te Kaunihera Tiako Niho

    Tel: +64 4 499 4820

    DDI: +64 4 460 3682


     End of quote.

    I will add to this missive with a question regarding the last sentence, quote “The Dental Council’s intent with these changes is to make it clearer to the public of New Zealand what qualifications granted a practitioner registration in their scope/s of practise.”  It is not what qualifications are granted to a practitioner it is what registration is granted by the DCNZ.  The DCNZ need to check that qualifications are what they say they are - verification is or should be required before that person is allowed to practice.  In the case of this surgeon 

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