Completing continuing professional development (CPD) is a legal requirement for all dental professionals on our registers.
This resource centre aims to help registrants understand our requirements and deliver in house CPD.
This audio presentation has tips and advice on CPD.
Find out more about what activities other dental professionals carry out for CPD.
Providing in-house CPD
Many GDC registrants have skills and experience which can be shared with colleagues as in-house CPD. It is worth thinking carefully about the content of any activity you want to organise. The more closely it ties into our requirements, the more likely it is that your activity will be popular and valued.
- Design activities based on set aims and objectives to meet the needs and demands of those coming to take part so you are teaching them something useful and of benefit to them;
- Structure activities to achieve the anticipated outcomes to make sure they learn what you have set out to teach;
- Make sure any advertisements and programmes for your activities include details of the aims and objectives and exactly how much CPD you will provide;
- Take on board feedback so you can review and improve your activities;
- Make sure you meet our requirements if you are providing verifiable CPD including the provision of certificates.
Find out more about becoming a CPD provider
We have gathered a number of case studies from both the Dental Complaints Service and the GDC's hearings process for use at in-house training sessions. These are simplified versions of the cases and should be viewed as a way of prompting discussions among colleagues.
GDC Fitness to practise
You may find it helpful to have copies of the GDC Standards available during these discussions. These can be downloaded from our Standards pages or ordered online.
Dental Complaints Service
DCS case studies FINAL.pdf
CPD deadline for 40,000 dental care professionals
In July this year almost 40,000 dental care professionals (DCPs) come to the end of their first five year cycle of continuing professional development (CPD).
CPD is a legal requirement. On 31 July 2013 they must have completed 150 hours of CPD. They will then have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.