The role of the Governance team of the GDC is to support the Council, its non-statutory and independent Committees and the Senior Leadership team.
The Council is the GDC’s strategic body. It decides policy, sets strategic direction and approves key organisational changes. The Council works to promote public safety and ensure that the public have confidence in the dental profession. The Council meets several times a year, both in public and in closed session. A large part of the Council’s role is to scrutinise the work of the organisation, set a positive tone and culture, seek assurance over the way in which the organisation is run and hold the Executive to account.
The Committees of the Council
- The Finance and Performance Committee (FPC)
- The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)
- The Remuneration & Nomination Committee (RemNom)
All of these Committees have Terms of Reference which set out the areas in which they will scrutinise and seek assurance, and these can be found on the individual Committee pages.
The Executive Management Team
The team also support the work of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). This group is constituted of the Executive Management Team (EMT) and key Heads of function within the organisation. The EMT and SLT are responsible for the operational management of the organisation and delivery of the strategic aims set by the Council. The group will scrutinise policy development, organisational change requests, strategic approach, and will manage risk, the finances and performance of the organisation.
Council meeting dates for 2020
The Council is due to meet six times in 2020. The public meetings are scheduled to be held on 16 January, 19 March, 3 June, 30 July, 22 October and 17 December. The bulk of the Council’s meetings will be held at its headquarters in Wimpole Street, London. The Council will also meet at the operational hub of the GDC, in Colmore Square in Birmingham.
The Governance team will also facilitate the handling of any corporate complaints to the organisation. Complaints about the service provided by the organisation will be handled fairly, transparently and in a timely way. We will always seek to resolve any issues raised about the service provided by the organisation at a local level in the first instance. If this is not possible, the matter will be treated as a corporate complaint and handled in line with our Corporate Complaints Policy.
Gifts and Hospitality
All GDC staff, associates or Council Members are expected to declare any gifts or hospitality that they are offered, regardless of whether or not they are accepted or declined, in line with our Gifts and Hospitality Policy. The team will handle any declarations of gifts or hospitality that are made and administer the policy for the organisation.
All GDC employees, associates and Council members must declare any professional, personal or business activities or involvement that might constitute a conflict of interest in line with our Managing Interests Policies.
The Governance team will also administer the Managing Interests Policy for Council Members, Independent Associates of the GDC and for the Executive Management team. People Services will administer the policy in relation to staff and wider GDC associates.
Governance Team contact details
If you have any questions about the areas outlined above, please do contact the Governance team.
The Council operates under a legal framework laid down in the Dentists Act 1984. The relevant legislation around its constitution and the Rules and Standing Orders made by the Council around how it will conduct its business are available in the guidance documents below:
- Dentists Act 1984
- The General Dental Council (Constitution) Order 2009
- The General Dental Council (Constitution)(Amendment) Order 2012
- The General Dental Council (Constitution of Committees) Rules Order of Council 2009
- The General Dental Council (Constitution of Committees)(Amendment) (Rules) Order of Council 2011
- The General Dental Council Standing Orders for the Conduct of Business 2020
- The General Dental Council Standing Orders and Resolution for the Non-Statutory Committees of Council 2020
- The General Dental Council Standing Orders for the Appointments Committee 2020
- The General Dental Council (Delegation of Functions) Rules 2011