Regulation

Life support training for dental professionals: joint statement from CQC and GDC

It is recommended that dental professionals undertake life support training every year. However, the GDC has recognised that access to accredited training may have been affected by Covid-19.

Two in five dentists now fearful of investigations arising from Covid-19 disruption

Dental Protection has called on the General Dental Council and the Professional Standards Authority to do more as fear of investigations arising from Covid-19 and disruption to care is becoming a...

BDA calls for clarification on essential worker status for private practices

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the BDA has repeatedly argued for the dental sector’s essential worker status to be confirmed. The BDA reported last week that the CDO for England had confirmed...

Dentists and their teams confirmed as essential workers in England

The chief dental officer for England, Sara Hurley, has received confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care that the dental workforce actively engaged in supporting the NHS and...

GDC sets reduced budget and unchanged ARF for 2021

The General Dental Council met on Thursday of last week and took a number of key decisions including the approval of its plans and budget for 2021. Perhaps most striking, due to the significant...

FGDP (UK) and the College of General Dentistry issue updated Covid-19 guidance synopsis

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK and the College of General Dentistry have published an updated synopsis of their guidance on the implications of Covid-19 for the safe management of general...

GDC publishes 2019 fitness to practise statistical and insight reports

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published several reports which provide statistics and examples of fitness to practise case handling undertaken during 2019.

BADT and BSDHT consulting public on proposed changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012

Dental hygienists and dental therapists are trained, indemnified and competent in the use of certain prescription only medicines. The mechanisms by which they use these medicines are varied and...

Dental Fallow Time Calculator launched

A new free-to-use Fallow Time Calculator has been launched to enable dental professionals to determine, justify and record the fallow period necessary following dental procedures carrying a higher...

Dentists facing uphill struggle, as missed appointments top 14m

The British Dental Association has warned dentists face an uphill struggle to restore services unless government is willing to support costs for new equipment that could radically expand patient...

GDC publishes 2019 registration report

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published a statistical report detailing the registration of dentists and dental care professionals, providing a snapshot of register data as of December 31, 2019....

GDC thematic review on preparedness for practice finds no safety concerns

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published the findings from its first education quality assurance thematic review, which focused on the preparedness for practice of UK-trained dental students at...

Joint announcement from the BADT and BSDHT

The British Association of Dental Therapists (BADT) and the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) have taken the unusual step of directly contacting each appointed council member of...

GDC publishes findings from ‘professionalism’ research

The findings from independent research, which was designed to inform a better shared understanding of professionalism, have been published by the General Dental Council (GDC).

Covid-19: Dental Protection calls for GDC leniency

The GDC has been asked to take a lenient approach to complaints related to the treatment of patients during this Covid-19 crisis by an indemnifier. Dental Protection's survey of 500-plus dentists,...