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.​​​


Research downloads


Scope of Practice review

Our overall aim for the Scope of Practice review is to provide as much flexibility to dental professionals as possible, ...

Registrant Survey

Dental Complaints Service survey of dental professional users

We commissioned a survey to better understand the experiences and perceptions of dental professionals who had used the Dental Complaint ...

Dental Complaints Service

Social Return on Investment of the Dental Complaints Service

The Dental Complaints Service (DCS) is funded by the GDC and is currently under review. As part of this review ...
Patients and the Public

2018/19 Patient and Public Survey

The 2018/19 Patient and Public Survey was undertaken on behalf of the GDC by Ipsos MORI. The research comprised a ...