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GDC issues CPD advice

Posted by Joanne Mellor

The General Dental Council (GDC) has offered tips and advice regarding the completion of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to those working in the oral healthcare industry.

It was noted by the professional body that around 40,000 dental workers in the UK are coming towards the end of their first five-year CPD cycle and individuals in this position were reminded that they must have completed 150 hours of CPD by the end of July next summer.

Dental care professionals were warned that they will then have until August 28th 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their General Dental Council (GDC) registration.

The GDC highlighted the fact that the CPD was brought in to ensure everyone who works in the oral healthcare sector in the UK keeps their knowledge and expertise up to date.

It was claimed by the regulator that more than ten per cent of dental care professionals (DCPs) have not yet logged any hours, while 36 per cent of DCPs have logged more than the minimum hours (including the 50 hours that have to be  verifiable).

“The provision of CPD is a competitive business and you are in a strong position as the customer. If you are unhappy with the quality of CPD which you have paid for – or accessed for free – you should send feedback to the provider,” said a statement from the GDC.

It added providers should be actively seeking feedback anyway, so DCPs should make the most of this opportunity to get their  voice heard.

“Reputable companies will respond to feedback and complaints by improving their products and they should value your input,” the GDC said.

The GDC recently offered DCPs who attended the recent Dental Showcase event more tips and advice on completing their CPD ahead of the July deadline, with the exhibition taking place at the ExCel centre in London from October 4th to 6th.

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