General Dental Council publishes updated specialist list curricula   

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published updated speciality curricula.  This sets out the specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities that trainees need in order to attain the award of the...

Regulator improvements to oral health in care homes

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published on March 20, 2023, the findings of a follow-up review on the state of oral health care in care homes across England. This review shows there have been...

Further improvements to fitness to practise processes

The General Dental Council (GDC) has introduced some small but important changes to its fitness to practise processes. The changes aim to reduce the impacts on those subject to investigations, improve...

“IOC must have comprehensive and clear guidance” to avoid unnecessary conditions

Dental Protection has welcomed proposed changes to the guidance used by the GDC’s Interim Orders Committee (IOC), but says refinements are needed to ensure the IOC has the most comprehensive...

Union urges the government to prioritise reform of dental regulator

The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has expressed disappointment and dismay at a government announcement confirming that the General Dental Council (GDC) is not one of the healthcare regulators to be...

Further delay to reforms “frustrating and disappointing”

Dental Protection has said the ongoing delay to GDC reform is “frustrating and disappointing” and has called on the government to commit to a specific timetable for improving dental regulation.

Regulator disappointed at the pace of reform

Steps towards reform to the legislation that underpins the UK’s healthcare regulators were taken on February 17, 2022, as the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) sets out the direction for...

Consultation on Scope of Practice launches

The General Dental Council (GDC) has launched a new consultation on Scope of Practice guidance that is important for dental professionals, workplaces and education providers.

Three-year plan published

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published its Corporate Strategy 2023-2025, setting out its priorities for the next three years.

Doctors and dentists unite on pay review process

Doctor and dentist leaders have set out a plan to restore independence to a broken pay review process driving talent out of the NHS.  

Number of registered UK dentists has increased

Data from the GDC demonstrates that the number of dentists on the UK Register (following the recent annual renewal period) has increased slightly when compared to the average over the previous four...

NHS update: Incorporating a skill mix

The January 2023 update from Ali Sparke, director for dentistry, and Rebecca Harris, deputy chief dental officer, opened by expressing plans to support the “development of skill mix in dentistry”.