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Who we work with

The GDC engages with a variety of other organisations, regulators and bodies representing patient care and healthcare profe​ssionals.

​Sharing information

We have a number of formal agreements in place with various organisations describing how we work together effectively and efficiently to protect, promote, and maintain the health and safety of patients and the public.

​​​​​​​​We are not limited to sharing information only where such a formal agreement exists. For example, the GDC can share any information relating to a person’s fitness to practise as a dentist or dental care professional, through the powers in the Dentists Act 1984, where it is considered to be in the public interest for the information to be disclosed.​

Current agreements

The ​Care Quality Commission​ (CQC) is the independent regulator of health care and adult social care services in England. CQC also protects the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.
 

The DHST provide free advice and support to dental professionals on alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and other health issues through the Dentists' Health Support Programme (DHSP).

Our agreement has been in place since 2018 and can be downloaded here.

The Disclosure and Barring Service​ (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
 
​The Gibraltar Health Authority Board​ means the Board established under Section 3 of the Medical (Gibraltar Health Authority) Act 1987.
 
It shall be the principal duty of the Authority to carry out the functions conferred upon it by the (Gibraltar Health Authority) Act 1987 or any other Medical Act so far as practicable.
Health Inspectorate Wales​ (HIW) inspect NHS and independent healthcare organisations in Wales against a range of standards, policies, guidance and regulations and take immediate action if they determine that the safety and quality of healthcare does not meet required standards.

Our agreement has been in place since February 2015 and can be downloaded here.

​HSIB is a new organisation that became operational on 1 April 2017. Their purpose is to improve patient safety through effective and independent investigations that do not apportion blame or liability. They do this by determining the causes of health safety incidents, encouraging safety action and making safety recommendations to prevent it happening again. Although funded by the Department of Health, they operate independently.

Our agreement has been in place since April 2017 and can be downloaded here

HSIB is a new organisation that became operational on 1 April 2017. Their purpose is to improve patient safety through effective and independent investigations that do not apportion blame or liability. They do this by determining the causes of health safety incidents, encouraging safety action and making safety recommendations to prevent it happening again. Although funded by the Department of Health, they operate independently.

This agreement has been in place since 1 April 2017 and can be downloaded here

NHS England​ works with NHS staff, patients, stakeholders and the public to improve the health outcomes for people in England.
 
​The NHS Practitioner Health Programme​ is an award winning, free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work.
 

NHS Protect​ leads on a wide range of work to protect NHS staff and resources from crime. It has national responsibility for tackling: 

  • fraud

  • violence

  • bribery

  • corruption

  • criminal damage

  • theft

  • other unlawful action such as market-fixing.​

Our agreement has been in place since March 2015 and can be downloaded here.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council​ (NPCC) helps the police cut crime and keep the public safe by joining up the operational response to the most serious and strategic threats. Focusing on operational delivery and developing national approaches on issues such as finance, technology and human resources, we work closely with the College of Policing, which is responsible for developing professional standards.
 

​The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO​)​ look into complaints where an individual believes there has been injustice or hardship because an organisation has not acted properly or fairly or has given a poor service and not put things right.

Our agreement can be downloaded here.

The PSOW has legal powers to look into complaints about public services and independent care providers in Wales. They also investigate complaints that elected members of local government bodies have broken their authority's code of conduct.  The Ombudsman is independent of all government bodies.

The English version of the agreement can be downloaded here.

The Welsh version of the agreement can be downloaded here.

 
The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO)​ is the final stage for complaints about councils, the National Health Service, housing associations, colleges and universities, prisons, most water providers, the Scottish Government and its agencies and departments and most Scottish authorities.