DENTISTS and practice managers are being urged to check that relevant dental care professional (DCP) staff are on track to complete their requisite 150 hours of CPD before 31 July 2013.
On that date 40,000 dental care professionals (DCPs) will come to the end of their first five year cycle of continuing professional development and registrants have until 28 August 2013 to declare the hours that they have completed or risk losing their GDC registration.
A minimum 50 hours of the CPD must be verifiable and have concise educational aims and objectives, clear anticipated outcomes and quality controls (i.e. you should be given the chance to feedback). Registrants must also be able to obtain and keep documentary proof (e.g. a certificate) of attendance/participation from an appropriate third party (e.g. the activity provider/organiser).
The GDC has identified areas of CPD that DCPs should do as part of the overall 50 hour minimum verifiable CPD requirement. These can be found on the GDC website.
In early April the GDC reported that of the 39,892 DCPs in the cycle, 15,837 have completed all their hours and 4,106 have yet to declare any.