Continuing Professional Development
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Dental Professionals
The enhanced continuing professional development (eCPD) scheme started on January 2018 for dentists. This will be starting on 1 August 2018 for all other dental care professionals.
Dental professionals have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.
A primary qualification is only the first step in their education and development which should last throughout their professional life.
All registrants must undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain their registration. It is believed CPD makes a contribution to supporting registrants to maintain Standards and to patient protection.
Anyone intending to restore to the GDC’s registers in the future must also keep doing CPD because they will be required to show evidence of it if they seek to restore.
CPD for dentists and DCPs is defined in law as activity which contributes to their professional development. It is relevant to their practice or intended practice.
CPD Requirements – What this means for you
All DCPs are required to take part in continual professional development to maintain their registration and meet current GDC standards. It is important because it enables you to keep up to date with developments in the dental field. Furthermore it ensures that you update our knowledge and skills to meet the required standards and develop you as professionals. As a registered DCP it boosts confidence and enables you to deliver an exemplary service and good quality patient care.
Over a five year cycle, dental care professionals are required to achieve verifiable and non-verifiable CPD outlined as follows:
-Dentists – 250 hours to include a minimum of 75 hours verifiable CPD.
-Dental Care Professionals – 150 hours to include a minimum of 50 hours verifiable CPD.
It is highly recommended that core topics should be achieved within this cycle and should include as a minimum:
-Medical Emergencies – 10 hours per 5 year cycle, preferably 2 hours per year.
-Radiography & Radiation Protection – 5 hours per cycle.
-Disinfection & Decontamination – 5 hours per cycle.
Keeping up to date with topics relating to the following subjects is also recommended as they contribute to patient safety and should be included as either verifiable or non-verifiable CPD within the 5 year cycle:
-Legal & Ethical Issues.
-Oral Cancer: Early Detection.
-Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
It is therefore extremely important that all DCPs are aware of what is required to maintain their registration. It is their responsibility to ensure that relevant subjects are completed. There are many ways in which good quality CPD can be achieved, some of which include specific courses relevant to the chosen subject and E-learning.
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