More than 1,800 dentists still to make CPD statement with deadline approaching

With just a few days to go to the deadline for dentists to make their annual or end-of-cycle CPD statement, the General Dental Council (GDC) today revealed there are still more than 1,800 dentists yet to make a submission. The regulator also highlights that, of those yet to make a statement, the large majority are in the position to be able to make a ‘zero-hours’ statement for 2020 (83% in the case of annual statements and 67% in the case of end-of-cycle statements)

CPD rules require all dentists to make a statement every year, including at the end of their five-year cycle. With the deadline of 28 January 2021 fast approaching, the regulator is calling for all those yet to make annual or end-of-cycle statement to do so as soon as possible.

GDC Executive Director, Registration and Corporate Resources, Gurvinder Soomal, said: “2020 has been extremely challenging for dental professionals and we know that access to CPD will have been hindered by Covid-19. We have reassured professionals whose CPD has been affected by the pandemic that those with a shortfall will not be penalised. But dentists do still need to make a CPD statement as part of the renewal process, and with so many yet to do so this is a real concern. Our records also show that most are in the position to make a zero-hours statement, and so there really is no reason for registration to be put at risk. To dentists I say, if you are not certain that your statement has been made, check your record on eGDC today.”

The regulator is keen to highlight that neglecting to make a compliant annual or end-of-cycle statement could lead to dentists being removed from the register and, therefore, no longer being able to practise in the UK.

The quickest and easiest way to make a CPD statement is through eGDC, and it takes just five minutes to set up an account if one is not already in place. The GDC provides further guidance and information about Enhanced CPD on its website.

Why Colour is the Elephant in the Room – Webinar to explore experiences from the dental profession

On Tuesday 21st July at 7pm, FGDP(UK), in collaboration with ProDental CPD and the College of General Dentistry, is hosting a webinar titled Why Colour is the Elephant in the Room, which will take a look at real life experiences of and what we can do about racism in dentistry.

Looking at the response of the dental profession to the Black Lives Matter movement, the webinar aims to provide an honest exploration of racial inequality and prejudice with real life experiences from colleagues working in all areas of dentistry.

Chaired by FGDP(UK) dean Ian Mills, the panel will comprise:

CPD will be available. GDC outcomes: A,B,C,D

To register for the event, follow this link.

Deadline looming for DCPs annual CPD statement

With just one week to go to the deadline for dental care professionals (DCPs) to make their annual or end-of-cycle CPD statement, the General Dental Council today revealed there are still more than 5,000 yet to make their submission.

Since the introduction of Enhanced CPD in 2018, all registered dental professionals must make an annual statement, which entails confirming how many hours of CPD have been completed in the previous 12 months (even where that figure is ‘zero’) and making a declaration that the CPD completed is relevant to their field of practice, a CPD record including a personal development plan has been kept, and the statement is full and accurate.

With the deadline of 28 August 2019 fast approaching for DCPs, the regulator is calling for all those yet to make annual or end-of-cycle statement to do so as soon as possible.

GDC Executive Director, Registration and Corporate Resources, Gurvinder Soomal, said: “This is the first time that the annual statement has been a requirement for DCPs and with so many yet to make their submission, we’re calling on professionals and employers alike to ensure that no one loses their license to practise through non-compliance. If anyone is avoiding making the statement due to concerns over insufficient CPD hours, this is a reminder that a ‘zero hours’ statement can be made, as long as the minimum number of required hours are made-up over the next 12 months.”

The regulator is keen to highlight that neglecting to make an annual statement could lead to dental care professionals falling off the register and, therefore, no longer being able to practise in the UK. The quickest and easiest way to make the annual statement is through eGDC, and it takes just five minutes to set up an account.

The General Dental Council provides further guidance and information about Enhanced CPD on its website.