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GDC stakeholder perceptions research

We commissioned work from DJS Research to identify and better understand the perceptions and communication preferences of our key stakeholders - dental professionals, students and ...

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COVID-19

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 ...

COVID-19

COVID-19 and dentistry – survey of the UK public 2021

This report provides the findings from our second COVID-19 and dentistry survey of the UK public, which was carried out ...

Fitness to practise

The concept of seriousness in fitness to practise – a cross-regulatory research

This research was commissioned by the General Dental Council (GDC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and was undertaken ...

Professionalism

Research into a shared understanding of professionalism

We have been working with dental professionals and patients to come to a shared understanding of professionalism in dentistry today. ...

Stakeholder perceptions

GDC stakeholder perceptions research

We commissioned work from DJS Research to identify and better understand the perceptions and communication preferences of our key stakeholders ...

Review and mapping of basic dental training in EU Member States

As the transitional period of UK's exit from the EU was coming to an end and with it the arrangements ...

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Dentistry: A Rapid Evidence Assessment

Here you will find the results of a rapid evidence assessment, of work published since 2006, to better understand the ...

Registrant Survey

2019 Dental Professional Survey

This report provides the findings from the 2019 Dental Professional Survey. This is the fifth time the survey has been ...

COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on dental professionals 2020

This report provides the findings from the research we commissioned Ecorys UK to undertake in September and October 2020 to ...

Patients and the Public

Public Research 2020

The Public Research 2020 was undertaken on behalf of the GDC by Ipsos MORI and marks the eighth iteration of ...

COVID-19

COVID-19 and dentistry – survey of the UK public 2020

This report provides the findings from our COVID-19 and dentistry survey of the UK public. The independent research was commissioned ...

Professionalism

Preparedness for Practice of UK Graduates 2020

Preparedness for Practice of UK Graduates 2020 reports on findings from our first education quality assurance thematic review, which focuses on ...

Professionalism

Professionalism: A mixed-methods research study

Professionalism: a mixed-methods research study was commissioned by the GDC to provide a comprehensive study of professionalism in healthcare and ...

Standards

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 ...

CPD

Review of the literature on CPD - 2019

The GDC commissioned this review on CPD literature in 2018 to underpin the future development of CPD.

General Regulation

Survey of European Qualified Dental Professionals

​We commissioned this independent quantitative and qualitative research to ​explore the intentions of dental professionals who qualified in the European ...

Stakeholder perceptions

Research on perceptions of the GDC and preferred methods of communication

The GDC has been working hard to improve the way in which we engage with our stakeholders and to provide ...

Registrant Survey, About the GDC

Registrant Survey 2017-2018

The 2017-8 Registrant survey was carried out by Enventure and comprised quantitative and qualitative research. The fieldwork for the quantitative ...

Fitness to practise

Literature Review on Impairment and Serious Misconduct

The Literature review sought to identify evidence to answer the following questions:   What are the characteristics of professional regulators’ ...

Fitness to practise

Analysis of fitness to practise case data

We have published an analysis of our fitness to practise case data (November 6. 2017), which was carried out by ...

Patients and the Public

Patient and public survey 2017

​The Patient and Public Survey 2017 provides valuable insights into patients' and the public's awareness and perceptions of the GDC....

Self-assessment complaints mechanism workshop 2017

This workshop explored panel members' views on complaint handling by the dental profession.

Dental Recall Survey Research Report 2017

This report summarises panel members’ views on how frequently oral health reviews are typically scheduled.​

Patients and the Public

Patient and Public Survey 2015

The 2015 Patient and Public Survey provides valuable insights of the general public and dental patients about dental care and ...

Standards

Duty of Candour - Public and Patient Consultation

The GDC carried out a consultation with patients and the public to inform the development of the Duty of Candour ...

Education

Overseas Registrant Examination: Registrant Survey

This report presents the findings of a survey carried out by the General Dental Council in November and December 2015 ...

Continuing assurance, Fitness to practise

Evaluation of Remediation Support in UK Dentistry

The GDC commissioned this research to gain an understanding of the remediation services currently available for dental professionals in the ...

Word of Mouth: Online Patient and Public Panel

The Francis report into the failings of the mid-Staffordshire NHS trust, published in February 2013, emphasised the needs for health ...

Continuing assurance, CPD, Revalidation

Comparative Analysis of CPD Monitoring, Audit and Enforcement

  ​This piece of research was commissioned by the GDC. It considers and compares CPD approaches undertaken by eight UK ...

General Regulation

Risk in Dentistry

This report was commissioned by the GDC. This report considers the main perceived risk factors – competence, conduct, and context ...

Patients and the Public

Patient and Public Survey 2014

The 2014 Annual Patient and Public Survey was carried out by the independent research agency Ipsos MORI on behalf of ...

Standards

Raising concerns

The GDC commissioned in depth qualitative research project to understand the circumstances leading dental professionals registered with the GDC to ...

Standards

Dental professional awareness of the Standards for the Dental Team

The GDC’s ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ was published on 30 September 2013, replacing the previous standards document ‘Standards for ...

Registrant Survey, About the GDC

Registrant Survey 2013

The 2013 Annual Registrant Survey was carried out by Enventure on behalf of the GDC.   The results from the ...

Patients and the Public

Patient and Public Survey 2013

The 2013 Annual Patient and Public Survey, was carried out by the Independent research agency Ipsos MORI on behalf of ...

Standards

Patient Research into Direct Access

The GDC commissioned a research project as part of a programme of consultation with patients and the public on a ...

Patients and the Public

Patient and Public Survey 2012

The 2012 Annual Patient and Public Survey, was carried out by Ipsos MORI. The quantitative survey took place in August ...

Registrant Survey, About the GDC

Registrant survey 2012

We undertake an Annual Registrant Survey as part of its commitment to using a research base to inform policy and ...

Standards

Benefits and Risks of Direct Access to Treatment by Dental Care Professionals: A Rapid Evidence Review

The GDC commissioned a literature review as part of a wider body of research on a proposed policy change: the ...

Registrant Survey, About the GDC

Registrant Survey 2011

In May/June 2011, the independent market research organisation Ipsos Mori carried out a survey of registered dental professionals for the ...

Patients and the Public

Patient and Public Survey 2011

In April 2011, the independent market research organisation ComRes carried out a survey of the public and patients in the ...

General Regulation

Public Attitudes to Tooth Whitening Regulation

Wel commissioned an independent survey of patients and members of the public in the UK on their attitudes to teeth ...

Standards

Patient and Public Attitudes to Standards for Dental Professionals, Ethical Guidance and Use of the Term Doctor

The GDC is currently reviewing the Standards for Dental Professionals. As part of this review, it commissioned exploratory research among ...