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Fitness to Practise Panellist (Associate)

Expand your skills and horizons, while making a vital contribution to patient safety and confidence in dentistry

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across society and it is vital that we are focused on responding to the pandemic and keeping people safe. We understand the difficulties that people and practitioners are currently facing and the additional pressure and worry this is causing. However, we also want to look ahead to what we hope will be an end of the current crisis, and use this time to make progress where we can responsibly and safely. 

Therefore, we are now offering a unique and flexible role, where you will be able to expand your career horizons and sharpen your skills, all while making a vital contribution to patient safety and improving dental care services across the UK. 

We are the General Dental Council, the regulator for dental professionals. Our role includes investigating patient concerns about professionals and coming to determinations about their fitness to practise dentistry in the UK. These decisions are made by members of our statutory committees at public adjudication hearings. Those who hear our cases and sit on our committees are drawn from our independent ‘fitness to practise panel’.

We are seeking around 40 new people to join our panel.

We’re looking for both lay people and dental professionals, from a range of backgrounds. If you’re interested in applying for this role, here is what you need to know:

  • Must be available on weekdays, for at least a week at a time.
  • Paid at a daily rate of £353.
  • Need to commit to 20-25 weekdays per year.
  • Regular travel to London, with expenses reimbursed.
  • Induction and annual development workshops will be provided.

No two hearings are the same, making this an interesting and stimulating role for anyone interested in healthcare or legal matters. If successful, your analytical skills will be put to the test. You will learn about professional regulation and how we work to protect the public and maintain public confidence in the dental professions.

You will be working as part of a team, and will share in the opportunity to learn from others. We offer time to reflect and to develop, boosting your confidence in the role, and building skills for your future career. 

If you’re a dental professional, you will be asked to utilise your knowledge of dentistry and have the opportunity to take what you learn back to your dental practice.

We are looking for people who are able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:

  • Understanding and interpreting rules, standards and guidance.
  • Working with complex and sensitive issues.
  • Collaboration and professional communication skills.
  • Embodying the values of fairness, integrity and respect.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.

This is a self-employed role, designed to fit around your current work commitments, but please consider discussing the role with your employer before applying. You will also additional guidance and answers to frequently asked questions here.

If you would like to apply, please ensure you are available for a half-day assessment in the fortnight 29 June to 10 July 2020 (Monday to Friday). The assessment will comprise of a group exercise followed by a panel competency-based interview. We are currently considering how we can complete the assessment remotely to comply with any movement restrictions still in operation.

To be selected for an assessment, please complete and return an application form by 11.59pm on Sunday 3 May 2020.

For further information, please email [email protected] or visit our Fitness to Practise panel page here.


The GDC is an equal opportunity employer and as such we welcome applications from all sections of the communities that we serve.  We particularly welcome applications from people from different ethnicity, age, minority groups, disabilities, and non-dental professions as they are currently underrepresented in our workforce.