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The foundations of our strategic aims

02 February, 2023

Our purpose set by Parliament is public protection. That purpose is primarily achieved through the actions of dental professionals in delivering patient care to high clinical and ethical standards.  

We support and encourage professionalism by positively fostering the behaviours that recognise the important role that every dental professional plays in upholding public safety and confidence in collaboration with the GDC. 

We will continue to develop our policies and design our operational processes in line with the principles of right-touch regulation, to ensure that we are proportionate, consistent, targeted, transparent, accountable, and agile in all that we do. 

Our values remain unchanged.

Our values 

When working to realise our vision, the organisational values that guide how we operate are:  

  • Fairness: We treat everyone we deal with fairly. 
  • Transparency: We are open about how we work and how we reach decisions.
  • Responsiveness: We listen, and we adapt to changing circumstances.  
  • Respect: We treat everyone with respect. 

Underpinning strategies 

Underpinning the Corporate Strategy are several supporting strategies that contribute to the achievement of our strategic aims. Once we have consulted upon and agreed this strategic plan, we will revisit these strategies to ensure they are fully aligned with our new Corporate Strategy. These strategies are for:  

  • Effectiveness of the GDC: Our approach to ensuring the GDC has the staff, systems and processes to improve our performance and support achievement of our strategic aims and objectives. 
  • Preventative regulation (formerly known as Moving Upstream): Our approach to moving effort towards prevention of harm through our regulatory functions and processes, use of data, research and intelligence and work with our stakeholders. 
  • Communications and engagement: Our approach to supporting understanding of our role in the dental sector, our priorities and, where appropriate, involving the people affected by our work in the development of our regulatory functions and processes.  
  • Evidence, data, and research: We have two approaches, the first is to use the data we hold more effectively, within the context of our legal obligations. The second, is to use research and evaluation to inform our regulatory functions, processes and improvements to our performance.  
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion: Our objectives to foster equality, diversity and inclusion inside our organisation, with the sector we regulate, and with the public.