GDC recruits panel members

THE General Dental Council is recruiting 65 new people to sit on its fitness to practise (FTP) panels.

It is looking to appoint 15 dentists, 25 dental care professionals and 25 lay members.

The move is part of ongoing plans to improve performance in its FTP procedures. Last July the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) praised the GDC for the progress it had made but said more work needed to be done to improve the timeliness of progression of FTP cases and the quality of decisions.

In its recruitment campaign, the GDC says panel members will “play a vital role in the GDC’s work to protect patients and raise standards in dentistry.”

Panel members sit in public hearings and consider cases where a registrant’s fitness to practise may be impaired due to their health, conduct or performance. The role is part time with each member expected to work at least 25 days per year, usually for at least five days at a time.

The GDC said: “This is a great learning and development opportunity for both lay people and dental professionals who are interested in the proportionate and fair regulation of the dental profession, and also a challenging and interesting role which makes a difference for both the public and dental professionals.”

To register your interest in joining the panel email Katrina.paget@gatenbysanderson.com

More information is available at www.gdc-uk.org

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