NEW curricula setting out the knowledge and skills dentists need in order to use the title of specialist have been published by the General Dental Council.
It is the first time in more than 10 years that the regulator has updated the guidance.
The new requirements are designed to be more relevant to trainees and will come into effect between September 2023 and September 2024.
Each of the curricula provides an outline of the scope, delivery and assessment of the training required to enable a dentist to be recognised by the GDC as a specialist in one of the 13 curricula in the UK. They have been developed using a new template which is designed to be consistent and compatible with the GDC’s existing standards.
So far 12 curricula have been updated with the final one due to be published “at a later date”.
GDC quality assurance manager Amy Mullins-Downes said: “The improvements made will ensure that the curricula remained achievable, effective, up-to-date and enable a level of consistency in quality, despite the differing facilities and programme structures across the four nations.”
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