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END OF THE 2008-2013 CPD CYCLE

8 May 2013

Three month countdown to end of CPD cycle deadline

On 31 July this year around 40,000 dental care professionals will reach the end of their first five year cycle of continuing professional development (CPD).

By that date they must have completed 150 hours of CPD. This is a legal requirement and registrants will have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.

Why is CPD so important?

The purpose of CPD is to provide high-quality care. It’s very important that the CPD registrants do takes into account the needs of their patients and is relevant to their practice.

CPD is study, training, courses, seminars, reading and other activities which advance the professional development of dental professionals.

Recording and submitting CPD

It is important that registrants keep their CPD records up-to-date and safe, as they may be asked to submit proof and to send in copies of their verifiable CPD certificates. Similarly, CPD records must be kept for a minimum of five years after the end of the cycle in which they were completed, as registrants may be selected for audit.

Anyone can download a recording form from the GDC website.

Update your CPD online

Registrants can keep track of and submit their CPD hours at any time using an eGDC account, but they should also keep a written record of all the CPD that they do.

What is eGDC?

eGDC is a self-service registrant website which allows dental professionals to manage their  registration online. With an eGDC account they can pay their annual retention fee, change their contact details and submit their CPD. Registrants can set up or access their eGDC account by going to our website.

Setting up an eGDC account is simple and fast. To create an account registrants will need their ID verification code and registration number. They will find their ID verification code on recent letters the GDC has sent them, or they can request one when they sign up.

6 February 2013

Online resource launched as CPD countdown begins in earnest
In six months’ time almost 40,000 dental care professionals (DCPs) will come to the end of their first five year cycle of continuing professional development (CPD).

On 31 July 2013 they must have completed 150 hours of CPD. This is a legal requirement and registrants will have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.

The GDC is currently in the process of contacting all the DCPs who are affected, and to help them meet this deadline the GDC website now has a page dedicated to helping them meet its requirements.

A presentation, studies, advice on how to find free CPD, a kit to help registrants deliver in-house CPD (based on GDC hearings and cases from the Dental Complaints Service), and information on how registrants can declare their hours can all be found online here.

Why is CPD so important?

CPD is study, training, courses, seminars, reading and other activities which advance the professional development of dental professionals.

The purpose of CPD is to provide high-quality care. It’s very important that the CPD registrants do takes into account the needs of their patients and is relevant to their practice.

Who’s declared what so far?

• 15,085 (38%) DCPs have logged more than the minimum hours (including 50 verifiable);
• 4,380 (11%) DCPs have logged no hours;
• Dental Technicians are currently the least likely to have logged their hours – 21% having not yet declared any.*

* Source – GDC database 29 January 2013

January 2012

 

CPD deadline approaches for thousands of DCPs

There are fewer than 7 months left until almost 40,000 dental care professionals (DCPs) come to the end of their first five year cycle of continuing professional development (CPD) and the General Dental Council is reminding them to log their hours.

CPD is a legal requirement. On 31 July 2013 they must have completed 150 hours of CPD. They will then have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.

Recording and submitting CPD

It is important that registrants keep their CPD records up-to-date and safe, as they may be asked to submit proof and to send in their verifiable CPD certificates.

How to record my CPD?

Registrants can log their CPD hours at any time using an eGDC account, but they should also keep a written record of all the CPD that they do.

Anyone can download a recording form from the GDC website http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/CPD/Documents/GDC%20CPD%20log%202011_FINAL.pdf .

CPD records must be kept for five years after the end of the cycle in which they were completed, as registrants may be selected for audit.

Who’s declared what so far?

• 14,831 (37%) DCPs have logged more than the minimum hours (including 50 verifiable);

• 4,423 (11%) DCPs have logged no hours;

• Dental Technicians are currently the least likely to have logged their hours – 22% having not yet declared any.*

*Source – GDC database 18 December 2012

 

1 December 2012

Employers urged to help remind DCPs about the CPD deadline

There are now fewer than eight months left until nearly 40,000 dental care professionals (DCPs) will reach the end of their first five year Continuing Professional Development (CPD) cycle.

On 31 July 2013 they must have completed 150 hours of CPD. They will then have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their General Dental Council (GDC) registration.

CPD is a legal requirement and employers are being asked to help remind DCPs about it and to help them plan it, do it and log it.

CPD is study, training, courses, seminars, reading and other activities which advance a dental professional’s development. It can be provided in-house by other members of the dental team who are trained and competent in the relevant area.

Why is CPD so important?

CPD was introduced to ensure that all dental professionals keep their knowledge current, to encourage the development of new skills in order to benefit the care of patients, and to give patients confidence in the profession as a whole. It’s very important that the CPD registrants undertake takes into account the needs of their patients and is relevant to their practice.

To help highlight the importance of remembering the deadline the GDC has produced some posters for use in the workplace. They can be downloaded from the GDC’s website www.gdc-uk.org
Who’s declared what so far?

• 14,586 (37%) DCPs have logged more than the minimum hours (including 50 verifiable);

• 4,425 (11%) DCPs have logged no hours;

• Dental Technicians are currently the least likely to have logged their hours – 22% having not yet declared any.*

*Source – GDC database 29 October 2012

 

 

 

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