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GDC publishes clarification on trainee dental nurses awaiting registration

  • Date: 11 August 2023

THE General Dental Council has published a statement clarifying the status of dental nurses who have completed training and are awaiting registration.

It followed some confusion on whether dental nurses were allowed to carry out clinical duties in the gap period between training and registration.

The statement says: “Where there is a gap between the completion of training and registration, we do not consider that there is a risk to patient safety if the trainee continues to be appropriately supervised and continues to be described as a trainee while waiting for the registration process to be completed.

“We expect trainee dental nurses in that situation to do all they can to achieve registration promptly, recognising that not all delays will be of their making. We do monitor this and where there is an inappropriately long period between qualification and registration, we will take steps to ensure patients are safe.

“Our Registration team will provide information to individuals to ensure their application can proceed without delay.”

Find out more on the GDC website.

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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