As we are nearing the end of the year, I want to start by acknowledging the commitment and hard work of dental teams across the four nations in delivering oral healthcare, educators who train the future dental team and those who play a vital role in ensuring that the healthcare environment functions. Your job remains challenging and the system remains stretched and I thank you for everything you do.
I would also like to mention a few things you might have missed in November that are relevant to all stakeholders across the dental sector.
Assuring standards for dental education and training
The GDC’s role is clear – patient safety and public confidence – and one of the ways we do this is to set the standards for dental education and training and check to ensure those standards are being met by providers. We recently published our review of education for the academic year 2022 to 2023. This includes inspecting 20 programmes across 15 education providers, granting provisional approval to a dental nurse apprenticeship programme, monitoring 31 programmes across BDS, dental hygiene and therapy and orthodontic therapy, and approving all 13 speciality curricula. It is vital work to ensure that education standards are met, and well worth a read.
Holding hearings remotely
One of the many changes that was driven by the pandemic was to hold hearings remotely via videoconference and 90% of hearings held by the Dental Professionals Hearings Service are held remotely. We have found benefits in remote hearings, such as attendance being more accessible and less subject to travel disruption, and now we are consulting on making a permanent change for hearings to be remote by default – but keeping open the option of hearings being in person when there is a good reason to do so. You can give your views before 15 February.
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