www.gdc-uk.org GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL www.gdc-uk.org Croeso i Gaerdydd Welcome to Cardiff 21 May 2010 www.gdc-uk.org The Distinctive Nature of Professionalism in Dentistry Mary Dodd, GDC Registrant Member. www.gdc-uk.org Aim To describe what the GDC expects of a registrant in order to ensure its professional requirements are met. Objective To ensure registrants fully understand the obligations they must meet in order to stay on the GDC’s register. www.gdc-uk.org What is a professional? Dictionary definition: “The status of those who are highly trained and disciplined – that have the competence and correct demeanour to be members of a professional group.” www.gdc-uk.org You and the GDC There are 3 elements to a dental professional’s relationship with the GDC. •Entry on to a GDC register. •Staying on a GDC register. •Leaving a GDC register (voluntary or involuntary). www.gdc-uk.org Who’s on our Registers? www.gdc-uk.org Entry on to our Registers Quality Assurance The standards we expect dental professionals to have reached at the end of their education and training for registration are set out in two documents: • Developing the Dental Team (interim for DCPs) • The First Five Years (interim for dentists) www.gdc-uk.org Staying on our Registers •Annual Retention Fee. •Scope of Practice. •Standards for dental professionals. •Continuing Professional Development. •Indemnity. www.gdc-uk.org Annual Retention Fee •All registrants must pay their ARF to remain registered and eligible for work. •The deadline for all DCPs to pay their ARF is 31 July each year. •All DCPs will receive a reminder letter about this year’s fee by 24 May. www.gdc-uk.org Scope of Practice • This guidance sets out the skills and abilities each registrant group should have. • It also outlines the type of additional skills they might acquire during their career. • Each registrant should use their professional judgment to decide if you are sufficiently trained and competent to do something. You should always bear in mind that you may have to justify your actions. www.gdc-uk.org Standards for Dental Professionals There are six key principles in this booklet: • Put patients’ interests first and act to protect them. • Respect patients’ dignity and choices. • Protect the confidentiality of patients’ information. • Co-operate with other members of the dental team and other healthcare colleagues in the interests of patients. • Maintain your professional knowledge and competence. • Be trustworthy. www.gdc-uk.org Continuing Professional Development for DCPs • 150 hours over 5 years • Core recommended subjects (Medical emergencies, disinfection and decontamination and radiography and radiation protection*) • 50 hours must be verifiable *Dental technicians can substitute radiography and radiation with materials and equipment. www.gdc-uk.org Indemnity All GDC registrants must ensure there are arrangements in place so that patients can claim any compensation to which they may be entitled. The only appropriate arrangements recognised by the GDC are: • Membership of a defence organisation. (Dental Protection Limited, the Dental Defence Union or the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (whether your own membership or that of your employer) • Professional indemnity arranged by you or your employer. • NHS/Crown indemnity. www.gdc-uk.org Being removed from our Registers There are various ways in which you can be removed from the Registers, which include: • • • • Not paying your ARF on time. Not completing your CPD by the end of the 5 year cycle. Asking to have your name voluntarily removed. Erasure from the Register by one of the Practice Committees. www.gdc-uk.org Cases assessed by FtP 2007 800 703 700 2009 600 500 1400 400 300 1208 1200 200 100 23 13 0 DCPs Dentists Anonymous 1000 800 2008 900 600 851 400 800 700 200 600 162 94 500 0 400 300 DCPs 200 100 79 73 0 DCPs Dentists Anonymous Dentists Anonymous www.gdc-uk.org 2009 FtP, IC and Practice Committee totals 1600 1444 1400 1200 1000 821 800 600 400 178 200 0 Fitness to Practise Investigating Committee Practice Committees www.gdc-uk.org Making headlines • “I’m a dental nurse and I hate patients…” (GDC issues warning over use of Facebook) • ‘Child porn’ dental technician erased. (GDC erases convicted sex offender) • Dental nurse lies about convictions for theft. (GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee removes her from register) www.gdc-uk.org Things to look out for • • eGDC Revalidation www.gdc-uk.org eGDC • • • • • Contact Details. Direct Debits. Renewal Payments. CPD. Annual Practising Certificate. www.gdc-uk.net/eGDC/ www.gdc-uk.org Revalidation www.gdc-uk.org Contact us • www.gdc-uk.org (There is a Welsh link on our website) Or • Call our Customer Advice and Information Team on 0845 222 4141, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.