Dental regulator wants patient views

PARN Global News Article - 1 December 2012

Dental regulator wants patient views

Dental regulator wants patient views

The General Dental Council (GDC) is asking patients and members of the public to take part in a questionnaire about how dental professionals keep up to date throughout their careers.

The GDC is proposing to reform its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for dental professionals and wants to know what patients and the public think.

  • Have you ever been invited to give feedback on your experience as a dental patient to your dental professional, such as through a survey or form?
  • Do you think that patient feedback about dental professionals should influence their on-going learning and development?
  • What skills, knowledge and behaviours do you think it is important for dental professionals to develop and maintain?

All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists have to be registered with the GDC and meet its standards throughout their working lives to work legally in the UK.

Patients and the public have the right to expect that they are keeping their skills and knowledge up to date.

The GDC currently does this by requiring that all members of the dental team maintain their skills and knowledge by undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). CPD is includes activity like attending courses, workplace training, and reading up on new and improved ways of doing things.

Questionaire for patients

A questionnaire has been issued to enable patients and members of the public to have their say. The GDC wants to know what they expect from their dental professionals and what gives them confidence that they will get good quality care and have a positive experience when visiting a dental professional.

Patients, members of the public, and organisations that represent patient and public interests, are invited to respond online:

The short questionnaire is open until the 31 January 2013.

    You can also find the full public consultation on the GDC’s proposed future requirements for all those it regulates online at