Posted by Joanne Mellor
The General Dental Council (GDC) has issued a reminder to dental care professionals (DCPs) regarding the end of a five-year Continuing Professional Development (CPD) cycle.
It was noted by the body that as many as 40,000 DCPs across the UK are going to come to the end of their five-year CPD cycle in the next nine months.
By the end of July next summer, DCPs need to have completed 150 hours of CPD, while they are being given until August 28th to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.
CPD was the most asked about issue at the GDC’s stand at the recent BDTA Dental Showcase and it seems there is some confusion among DCPs about what they need to do over the course of the next nine months.
The GDC said: “CPD was introduced to ensure that all dental professionals keep their knowledge current, to encourage the development of new skills in order to benefit the care of patients and to give patients confidence in the profession as a whole.”
It was added by the body that it is “very important that the CPD registrants undertake takes into account the needs of their patients and is relevant to their practice”.
The GDC revealed that 4,425 (11 per cent) of DCPs have logged no hours so far, while 14,586 (37 per cent) of DCPs have logged more than the minimum hours (including 50 verifiable).
It was noted by the organisation that dental technicians are currently the least likely to have logged their hours – with 22 per cent of people in this role having not yet declared any.
CPD was brought in to by the industry in order to ensure everyone who works in the oral healthcare sector in the UK keeps their knowledge and expertise up to date, it was recently pointed out by the GDC.