NDNC 2018 – GDC Update by Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson took up his post of Director for Scotland on 5 January 2009. Ian manages the GDC’s activities in Scotland, working with the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish government, consumer organisations, patients, and members of the public and the dental profession.

Ian’s role is to help us better protect UK dental patients by more frequently and effectively engaging with the public and healthcare bodies where there are issues of patient protection and regulation.

He chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. Ian also sits on the Investigating Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland and serves as a lay member on School Inspection Teams for Education Scotland. He was a board member of Perth College UHI from 2012 to 2017 and served on various local authority committees in Perth and Kinross for 20 years.

Ian is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed MBE in January 2005 for services to education in Scotland.


Presentation Aim(s)

  • To ensure a good understanding of the drivers and the changes to CPD for dental care professionals.
  • To share intelligence on fitness to practise outcomes to further the understanding of professionalism in dental practice.
  • To engage and update dental care professionals on GDC proposed reforms to shift the balance of activity upstream, toward prevention.

Presentation Objective(s)

To promote professionalism and the adoption of prevention strategies amongst dental care professionals, through a deeper understanding of the recent and forthcoming reforms implemented by the GDC.

Brief Synopsis

Ian Jackson, Director for Scotland, will detail the drivers for change and the recent reforms to CPD, introduced as Enhanced CPD from 1 August 2018. He will also share details of the end-to-end review of Fitness to Practise and the reasons for change. Ian will also provide further details of the Shifting the balance reforms, in particular how the GDC plans to promote professionalism across UK dentistry.

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