Our strategic plan for the next three years: your views



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Strategic aim one: Dental professionals reach and maintain high standards of safe and effective dental care

05 July, 2022

Objective: We protect the public by ensuring that dental professionals are well-trained and deliver care to high standards, supported by a regulatory approach which enables prevention of harm and lifelong learning. 

The dental professional registers play an essential part in ensuring that patients and the public can be confident in the professional knowledge, skills and behaviours of the dental team. The single most important thing we do is to ensure that dental professionals admitted to the register meet the required standards for them to provide safe and effective dental care.

Trust in dental professionals can be undermined by the actions of a small number of people, but the vast majority of dental professionals are dedicated, highly skilled, compassionate practitioners who work in the interests of their patients and the public.

We will continue to support public trust in dental professionals by ensuring that our processes for setting standards and guidance, quality assurance of education, admitting new dental professionals to the register and maintaining registration mean that dental professionals are prepared for the context in which they are working.

Core to delivering this objective will be our work to embed new principles of professionalism and the guidance which will underpin them. We will be implementing new learning outcomes for education and training of dental professionals trained in the UK. Subject to the necessary legislative change, we will review and revise our processes for the registration of those who qualify outside of the UK. We will also be continuing to review our approach to lifelong learning ensuring we are prepared for the opportunity improve with the new flexibility that regulatory reform is intended to bring.

Further, we will continue to use our regulatory processes and evidence to identify risks to the patients and the public, and feed that intelligence into our work to increasingly support dental professionals to practise in a way that prevents harm from occurring.

In 2023-2025, we will:

  • Embed the principles for professionalism and their underpinning guidance framework to support safe and effective practice by dental professionals.
  • Implement new standards and learning outcomes for education and training for dental professionals to prepare new entrants to the profession for safe and effective practice.
  • Make our international registration processes more effective while continuing to assess the knowledge and skills required for safe practice.
  • Support lifelong learning for the whole dental team, including our approach to specialty education, with the aim of prevention of harm.

Consultation question

1. Given what the GDC does and the strategic context in which we work, do you agree with proposed strategic aim one, its high-level objective, and what we will do to deliver it?

Select from: Yes / No / Don’t know

Please explain your reasons.

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