GDC reviews core standards

The GDC is asking for feedback on its core standards for dental professionals in advance of a formal consultation.

Standards for Dental Professionals was first published in May 2005 and sets out the principles that dental professionals agree to abide by as GDC registrants. Supplementary guidance is provided in accompanying booklets on specific areas of responsibility for registrants, such as patient consent and dental team working.

This guidance applies to all GDC registrants, although it was originally drafted before dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists were registered with the Council.

The GDC is asking for feedback in order to determine whether the standards guidance remains fit for purpose and also how it should be made available in the future. More specifically the GDC want to know:

  • how often dental professionals refer to standards guidance
  • whether case studies would be useful
  • whether there should there be separate guidance for each registrant group
  • what format should be used.

A simple online questionnaire can be found on the GDC website.

This exercise will be followed by a more formal consultation as part of ongoing research with professionals and patients.

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