DENTAL CARE PROFESSIONALS (DCPs) nearing the end of their first five-year CPD cycle must ensure they complete the required amount before next year’s deadline.
More than 41,000 DCPs will reach the end of the cycle in July 2013, by which time they must complete 150 hours of CPD or risk losing their registration with the General Dental Council.
The GDC is warning that this could lead to a spike in demand for courses ahead of the deadline, as well as a rise in queries relating to past courses, such as requests for replacement certificates.
Of the 150 hours CPD that DCPs have to declare, 50 hours must be verifiable. In order to count as verifiable, the GDC states that CPD must have:
- quality controls
- concise educational aims and objectives
- clear anticipated outcomes
- documentary proof.
The five-year CPD deadline ends on July 31, 2013 for DCPs who registered on or before July 31, 2008.
Figures from the GDC show that so far 22 per cent of DCPs have logged all their hours, but 13.5 per cent have logged no hours at all. Dental technicians and clinical dental technicians are the least likely to have logged hours, with 25 per cent and 23 per cent respectively having not yet declared any.
Practitioners can log their CPD via the eGDC portal which can be found at www.gdc-uk.org