The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) will be sending the updated Standards in Dentistry to each of its 4,500 members.
Standards in Dentistry (first edition)
Its flagship guidance publication for general dental practitioners, first published in 2006, is currently being revised, and all FGDP(UK) members at the time of re-publication, as well as those who join in the following weeks, will be sent a complimentary copy.
Building on the success of the first edition, and its predecessor Self-Assessment Manual and Standards (SAMS), the second edition will continue to act as a compendium of guidance and standards, covering a wide range of areas of practice relevant to general dental practitioners and their teams.
It will adopt the Faculty’s ‘ABC’ (Aspirational, Basic, Conditional) notation for the grading of recommendations - as used in Dementia-Friendly Dentistry, Clinical Examination and Record-Keeping, and the forthcoming Standards in Implant Dentistry – and will focus on practitioner processes rather than treatment outcomes, dispensing with descriptions of the ‘unacceptable’.
Under development by a team at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry, led by Professor David Moles FFGDP, draft versions of the publication have recently been the subject of consultation with a range of FGDP(UK) Board members, Divisional leads and third party organisations. Members will receive their copies immediately after publication, which is expected over the next few months following finalisation of the text.
The decision to distribute it to all members follows overwhelmingly positive feedback to the circulation of Dementia-Friendly Dentistry last year.