Following work with the GDC, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today launched a consultation on its plans to amend the legislation governing routes to registration for dental professionals with qualifications gained outside the UK.
In 2021, the government announced plans to overhaul the framework under which all UK healthcare regulators operate. This, however, came with no clear timetable for dentistry and there are a number of pressing issues relating to international routes to registration which just cannot wait for the broader programme of reform.
Driving this urgency are the approaching end of the system of recognition of EU qualifications, and the need to address the long-standing capacity issues with the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) which have been exacerbated by COVID-19.
Through our work with DHSC over the last 18 months, we have sought a system which provides:
- protection for patients
- fairness for professionals
- mechanisms to ensure costs can be recovered from where they are generated
- scalability, avoiding unnecessary bottlenecks to entry to UK dental professions.
The closing date for responses to the consultation is 6 May 2022.