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Learning outcomes review

We are undertaking a review of the GDC’s learning outcomes for dental team registration.  These outcomes are detailed in Preparing for Practice which was first published in 2011 and revised in 2015.
 
We need you
 
The process for reviewing the learning outcomes was launched in September 2019 and is starting mid-2020. The project has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the outcome of the review is not anticipated to be published until late 2021 at the earliest.
 
We have started work to pull together sources of information to inform the review, but this is where we need you. We need your experiences of dental care to identify those learning outcomes that require particular attention and possible amendment.
 
Whether you have recently been in education, delivered a training course or supervised a newly qualified dental professional, we would welcome your feedback. 
 
Tell us about:
• Areas of education you feel are outdated
• Skills or areas of knowledge where professionals have demonstrated little understanding
• Technological advances within the industry of which you think we should be aware
• Pieces of information or research from other organisations or bodies that you think we should consider.
 
You can email us at [email protected] with your feedback and to ask for updates to the review process.
 
Background
 
The learning outcomes reflect the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours a registrant must have to practise safely, effectively and professionally. All dental education and training should produce an individual who can demonstrate that they have met the required learning outcomes and are safe and fit to practice independently.
  
We will review the learning outcomes framework every three to four years, to ensure it remains fit for purpose. Within that cycle, we may also make changes to specific learning outcomes, to address significant public safety concerns or where it will not require structural changes to programmes.
 
To inform any proposed changes, we will gather evidence on the performance of the learning outcomes, whilst analysing the current and future state of dentistry and national oral health need. Any proposed changes will then be developed with the assistance of an expert reference group. 
 
Our guidance document, Learning Outcomes Review Process provides further information about the new process.