What do you think of CPD?

News Published: 
26 September 2019

Dentists and dental care professionals have one week left to tell the General Dental Council what they think of arrangements for Continuing Professional Development in dentistry, and share their views on what ongoing professional learning should look like in future.

The consultation follows the introduction of Enhanced CPD last year, and is the latest stage in the GDC’s programme to improve dental regulation following years of criticism by both the profession and the Professional Standards Authority.

Encouraging registrants to respond, a GDC spokesperson said:

“We really want to hear from as many people as possible about where lifelong learning should go from here…While enhanced CPD made some good progress towards increasing professional ownership of CPD and placing greater emphasis on reflection and planning, we know a more supportive model of learning can be achieved…Our proposals look at how we might move to a system that is flexible and responsive…and where professionals can increasingly take responsibility for their own development, without the need for heavy-handed enforcement.”

The consultation is accompanied by a GDC ‘discussion document’, Shaping the Direction of Lifelong Learning for Dental Professionals, and responses can be submitted online until Thursday 3 October 2019.