- We will close cases that mirror an investigation being carried out by another authority, for example the NHS or Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency at the Registrar’s direction. Cases involving an ongoing police inquiry, interim order, or where there are other open fitness to practise investigations will not be closed.
- We will not automatically open cases for matters referred to us from the NHS, where the NHS is either investigating or managing the issues locally. Where there is a serious and immediate risk to public safety or confidence, we will open an investigation (if, for example, the dental professional also practises privately) and, if appropriate, refer the matter to the Interim Orders Committee.
- We are reviewing and closing some older cases, those where there is no realistic prospect of establishing that a dental professional’s fitness to practise is impaired, following review and approval of the Registrar.
We will be tracking the impact of these changes, and other improvements we have made, through an updated set of key performance indicators and timeliness measures that provide a more detailed picture of case progression at each stage of the fitness to practise process.
Find out more about these changes to our fitness to practise processes.