In order to protect the public by regulating the dental team, we need to listen and understand the views of the public, patients and registrants. We draw upon these views to make policy and decisions on the basis of the best available evidence

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Listening to your views

We use a range of research and consultation methods to produce robust evidence and to reach as wide and diverse audience as possible.

These include: 

  • Publishing a consultation document on our website where you can let us know your view on key policies and procedures. The document which provides background to the issue, sets out the purpose of the consultation, and explains how to respond, via a questionnaire and the deadline for a response. 
  • Representative research surveys of patients, public and registrants which produce reliable evidence about what you think.
  • Focus groups and workshops to enable in depth and deliberative discussion of issues and to target sections of the general and registrant population not reached by other consultation methods.
  • Providing opportunities for feedback and open calls for ideas on key issues. 

Research library

Our research library contains reports, survey results and other information which we have used in our policy development and strategic decisions.

If you have questions about the research please get in touch.​​​



Evaluating Enhanced CPD: Final Report

Our public protection role includes ensuring that the dental team are well-trained and deliver care to high standards. Undertaking continuing ...

Patients and the Public

Views and experiences of dentistry – 2022 survey of the UK public

In 2022, we commissioned Community Research to conduct a research study with the public as part of a wider research ...
Fitness to practise

Experiences of GDC fitness to practise participants 2015 – 2021: A realist study

Fitness to practise (FtP) investigations play a vital role in protecting patients and maintaining public confidence. We commissioned this research, ...

The impact of COVID-19 on dental professionals 2021

The GDC commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to conduct research to explore the impact and future implications of COVID-19 for dental ...