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GDC CPD CONSULTATION

28 May 2013

CPD quality – GDC calls for information

The General Dental Council has issued a call for information about the quality of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in UK dentistry.

Following feedback that some activity may not meet registrant expectations of quality, the GDC wants to find out more about how CPD is being quality assured.

The GDC’s current requirements for mandatory continuing professional development for dental professionals set out that all verifiable CPD must have quality controls in place.  Registrants must also have documentary evidence that the CPD has quality controls and must make it available to the GDC when asked. This is a legal requirement.

Now the GDC is seeking further input about CPD quality by asking some questions that include:

•    What methods of quality control in CPD in dentistry are in place? •    What methods of quality control of CPD in dentistry do you believe are most effective at ensuring adequate quality provision? •    How assured or concerned are you about the adequacy of quality control of CPD? •    What experience do you have of the provision of verifiable CPD not being of adequate quality in your opinion? •    What is your belief about the consequences of CPD that is of inadequate quality?

The full call for information can be found on the GDC policy development pages. Please send written responses to:

CPD Call for Information General Dental Council 37 Wimpole Street London W1G 8DQ

Email: CPDReview@gdc-uk.org

The deadline for responses is Monday 1 July 2013.

The GDC has already issued a statement, in April 2013, calling on:

•    all who provide CPD for dental professionals to ensure they robustly quality assure their CPD products and services and have effective feedback mechanisms in place; •    the dental CPD industry to be proactive in working together to develop industry-led quality standards to give dental professionals, as CPD consumers, assurances about their products and services; and •    all registrants, as consumers of CPD, to make careful choices when investing time and money in CPD products and services and to obtain advance assurances as to the quality and value for money.

 

18 April 2013

GDC calls on CPD providers to ensure quality

The General Dental Council’s (GDC) consultation on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has highlighted some concerns about the quality of certain CPD on offer to dental professionals.

As part of its CPD review the GDC held a four month public consultation between October 2012 and January 2013.

387 responses to the consultation were received from a range of stakeholders, including registrants, postgraduate dental deaneries and professional associations.

The GDC is responding to concerns about CPD quality by calling on providers and the whole dental CPD industry to robustly quality assure their products and services and to develop industry-led standards.

The GDC has also advised registrants to make careful choices about the CPD they do.

A detailed statement, that’s been issued following the CPD consultation, can be found at  http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Revalidation/Pages/default.aspx and includes the following:

The GDC is calling on:

•  All who provide CPD for dental professionals to ensure they robustly quality assure their
CPD products and services and have effective feedback mechanisms in place. Quality
control is a current legal requirement of verifiable CPD;

•  The dental CPD industry to be proactive in working together to develop industry-led quality
standards to give dental professionals, as CPD consumers, assurances about their
products and services;

•  All registrants, as consumers of CPD, to make careful choices when investing time and
money in CPD products and services and to obtain advance assurances as to the quality
and value for money.

The GDC’s proposals for the future of CPD were supported by most respondents, including:

• 77.5% that agreed with the introduction of annual mandatory CPD declarations
• 87% that agreed with maintaining a 5 year CPD cycle
• 83% that agreed with proposed new minimum hours CPD by professional group

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