Supplementary advice for GDC decision makers on factors specific to Covid-19

The General Dental Council has published advice on its website to support decision makers in considering factors relating to the impact of Covid-19.

The GDC made a commitment to the dental profession that in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic it would not penalise well-grounded professional judgment about how best to meet patients’ needs, including where that judgement is to reduce or stop activity.

This supplementary advice has been developed to support decision makers in considering factors relating to the impact of Covid-19 on a professional’s ability to deliver care, and to provide a lasting point of reference.

Under its legislation, context is usually considered at the Case Examiner stage. Case examiners are appointed GDC staff members with a statutory duty to make decisions on cases that have been referred to them for more detailed consideration. It is at this stage that a concern or complaint in the context of Covid-19 would be examined in more depth.

Read the full advice here.