Today we publish our Annual Report and Accounts 2020.
2020 was a challenging year for all due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We had to quickly respond and adapt to the challenges to enable us to continue to deliver on our statutory functions and obligations. This included implementing new ways of working, reprioritising the work plan for the year, and revisiting our corporate strategy in the new context in which dental care is provided.
Despite the challenges and changing priorities, we still delivered much of what we had originally set out to do during the year as well as undertaking additional work that wasn’t originally planned. This included holding remote hearings for fitness to practise when physical ones were not possible.
In their joint statement within the Annual Report and Accounts, the Chair Dr William Moyes and Chief Executive Ian Brack said:
“Throughout this period of uncertainty, we have had to plan for and cope with the unexpected. This has been challenging at times and has impacted some areas of our operational performance, as has been the case for almost all health regulatory bodies. We have learned from this and are applying those lessons to ensure that the GDC remains well placed to address and respond to the issues that will arise in the next few years.
“…we would like to thank all Council members for their continued work and support over the last 12 months and express our gratitude to the GDC’s staff and associates, and to the dental professionals we regulate, for their efforts in achieving so much positive change during this challenging year.”