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Croeso i Gaerdydd Welcome to Cardiff 21 May GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL
The Distinctive Nature of Professionalism in Dentistry Mary Dodd, GDC Registrant Member.
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.
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.”
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).
Who’s on our Registers?
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)
Staying on our Registers Annual Retention Fee. Scope of Practice. Standards for dental professionals. Continuing Professional Development. Indemnity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cases assessed by FtP
2009 FtP, IC and Practice Committee totals
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)