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Policies

Revalidation

Background
 
 
The purpose of revalidation is to introduce an approach to providing continuing assurance for patients and the public that those on our register continue to be up to date and fit to practise.

We are committed to developing an approach to our continuing assurance policies and procedures that is workable, proportionate and cost effective.

An important first phase part of our work on continuing assurance is our proposals to develop an enhanced Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme.  More details can be found on our CPD Review pages.

What is revalidation?
Revalidation is the general name for procedures that enable health professionals to demonstrate to their professional regulator that they continue to have the knowledge and skills required to practise.
 
What is continuing assurance?
Continuing assurance is the outcome that policies and procedures in this area should aim to achieve. We are committed to developing an approach to continuing assurance policies and procedures that is workable, proportionate and cost effective.
 
Why is continuing assurance necessary?
It is a way to assure patients and the public that those on our register are up to date and fit to practise. The UK Government has asked all the healthcare professional regulators to develop proposals to assure patients and the public of the continued assurance that registrants remain up to date and fit to practise. 
 
Why is CPD part of these developments?
We believe that CPD plays an important role in helping registrants stay up to date and practise in accordance to our Standards.  It also contributes to assuring patients and the public that registrants continue to be up to date and fit to practise.
 
What are the benefits?
Policies and procedures for continuing assurance will make a contribution to assuring patients and the public that dental professionals are up to date and practising in accordance with our Standards. It will also provide a focus for dental professionals to further develop their skills and knowledge throughout their career.  We expect our CPD requirements in the future to be an important part of our continuing assurance approach.  
 
How can I keep in touch with developments in this area?
All registrants and stakeholders are recommended to keep up to date with our on-going work to review our CPD requirements, through our website and the Gazette so they know how our plans are developing.
 
Research

Our approach to continuing assurance must be workable, proportionate and cost-effective. To achieve this, we are committed to informing our proposals and decision-making with good research and information-gathering.

The development of our proposals will be informed by findings from a range of research activities, including those that we will commission. Research findings will be published here as they become available.

We are undertaking research and information gathering to inform our proposals where appropriate, as part of evidence-based policy making.

 

Research includes:

 

In late 2010 we held a public consultation on our proposals for revalidation for dentists. The consultation is now closed but you can view the consultation document: 

Following an analysis of the consultation responses, we published a statement in October 2011. Our statement can be viewed below:
Post-consultation statement on revalidation for dentists.pdfPost-consultation statement on revalidation for dentists (173KB, PDF)

CPD Discussion document
In April 2012 we published a GDC discussion document setting out some key themes and issues emerging within our CPD review. It is for discussion purposes only and does not necessarily represent GDC policy.
Maintaining Quality and Impact of CPD in Dentistry.pdfMaintaining quality and impact of CPD in dentistry: A discussion document (626KB, PDF)

 
2012 CPD Consultation
A consultation ran between October 2012 and 31 January 2013. The consultation document can be viewed here but it is no longer possible to respond.

We received 387 responses to the consultation and there was significant support for our consultation proposals.

Our formal statement following the consultation can be viewed here:

Consultation statement 2013 (88KB, PDF)  
 
Registrant and provider perspectives on mandatory CPD in dentistry in the UK
In late 2011, we commissioned ERS:Research to conduct a study into registrant and CPD provider perspectives on CPD. As part of the study, an online survey of a random representative sample of registrants and in-depth interviews with registrants and key stakeholders were conducted.
 
The final report was published in February 2012 and is available here:
 
Literature review: Impact of CPD in dentistry
In August 2011 we commissioned a team of researchers, led by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), to conduct a literature review on the impact of CPD in dentistry. The final report was published in November 2011 and is available here:
 

 

 
 
Next steps
What will happen next? 
The GDC is currently developing a model of enhanced CPD. We expect this to be a first phase of the development of continuing assurance policies and procdeures. You can find out more about this on our CPD Review pages. We intend to introduce a new enhanced CPD scheme in the future and this will form the first phase of our work in the area of continuing assurance.
 
In future we expect to further develop our requirements into a fuller scheme of revalidation. We are committed to developing proposals that are workable, proportionate and cost-effective.
 
We will ensure that all registrants have plenty of notice in order to prepare for any changes to our requirements. 
 
How are you working with other to develop your proposals?
It is important that our proposals in the area of continued assurance are workable, proportionate and cost-effective. We will continue discussions with all our stakeholders, including through out related Stakeholder Forum, and we are committed to engaging with registrants and stakeholders at all key stages.
 
How can registrants and other stakeholders contribute to the GDC’s thinking on continuing assurance?
We will be undertaking further research, consultation and engagement with registrants and stakeholders as our proposals in the area of continuing assurance develop further.   
 
Contact details

As revalidation is under development it is not possible to answer detailed questions at present. If you have any general enquiries please email them to Revalidation@gdc-uk.org

 
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