The General Dental Council (GDC) has released new details of its plans for the future.
Titled Patients, Professionals, Partners and Performance – The General Dental Council’s road map for 2016-2019 outlines the organisation’s vision for the next three years, with the aim of ensuring patients are “at the forefront”.
William Moyes, GDC chair, stated: “This is a pivotal moment in our history as we move ahead with an exciting programme which will contribute to the significant improvements in dental regulation.
“We have set ourselves an ambition to put patients at the heart of what we do. We believe this is the best way to protect the public.”
The organisation said the roadmap is aligned to its core values of transparency, fairness, responsiveness and respect, and the document gives details on how it will be held to account by patients, professionals and partners over its performance.
It has outlined a number of actions the organisation will undertake over the next three years. These include improving the information that is available to patients, ensuring dental professionals are equipped with the right skills and training, and collaborating with partners in the NHS and other regulators to provide the necessary support for dental professionals who are experiencing stress.
Another key element of the GDC’s vision is to improve the complaints system. The organisation wants complaints to be handled locally wherever possible and to reduce the amount of time it takes for issues to be addressed.
The GDC is a controversial organisation and has been involved in a long-running spat with the British Dental Association. In December, the latter called for the resignation of Mr Moyes following the publication of a report by the Professional Standards Authority that criticised the GDC.