GDC considers annual CPD declarations

THE GDC is considering the introduction of annual CPD declarations with a minimum of 10 hours undertaken every two years, according to a new consultation document launched this week.

Currently there are no minimum hour requirements for CPD beyond the mandatory total over a five-year cycle but the new rules will require that registrants undertake at least 10 hours of CPD during each consecutive period of two years.

"This means that although the GDC would allow an annual CPD declaration of zero, there must not be two consecutive years of zero declarations or a two year period where the amount of CPD declared is less than 10 hours,” the consultation document states.

"The purpose of this is to ensure that CPD activity is embedded in the professional life of dental professionals and there are no long periods of CPD inactivity."

Among other the key changes being proposed are the introduction of high level learning outcomes for CPD that relate to the Standards for the Dental Team, embedding planning and reflection into CPD requirements, and that all CPD should be verifiable to ensure high quality.

According to a GDC statement, the new rules "seek to embed CPD as a regular part of registrants’ professional life".

"They also aim to support registrants to meet the GDC’s Standards for the Dental Team and provide the GDC with regular assurance that registrants are keeping up to date."

The consultation is open until 21 March 2014 and the GDC are seeking feedback from registrants and the wider dental sector, including those involved in delivering and supporting CPD in dentistry.

Access at: www.gdc-uk.org/CPDconsultation