Foundation membership

Dental graduate gifts

Foundation membership is for 13 months and starts on the first day of the month following your qualification.

Final year dental students can join for just £10 and when you graduate you will receive two free gifts - a name badge, and either the Oxford Handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or a hoodie personalised for your dental school.

To apply fill in a foundation dentist application form and return it to your local DDU liaison manager or post to FREEPOST MDU SERVICES LIMITED.

Already graduated? If you have left dental school please complete a dentist application form.

What we offer our members

Independent confidential advice

We know receiving a complaint or claim, or a letter from the GDC can be very distressing. We are here to support you. Even if you just want reassurance about a dento-legal issue or clarity about dental regulation, you can call us. Our advisers are available between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and provide an on-call service for dento-legal emergencies or urgent queries 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Professional indemnity

DDU membership provides access to indemnity that meets GDC and legal requirements. We can defend you against claims that arise from the normal practice of dentistry in the UK. Where it is appropriate patients are compensated, we aim to do so quickly and efficiently to minimise stress for everyone involved.

Robust defence

A quality legal team behind you can make a big difference in defending your professional reputation. We have an unparalleled track-record of helping members overcome the challenges which threaten their livelihood. Over the last 10 years the DDU has successfully defended over 50% of claims without making a compensation payment.

Guidance and advice

Access our latest updates and advice, guides, the DDU journal and much more on our website.

Competitive subscriptions

We offer reduced subscriptions to dentists in the first five years of work after graduation. To find out how much your subscription will be request a quote.

Continued learning

Build your confidence with our free learning resources including our ethics and law online module, webinars and videos.

We are dedicated to protecting the reputation of our members. But don't just take our word for it see what our members are saying.