The General Dental Council - Paul Feeney, Phil Higgs, Patrick Kavanagh


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  • Questions received relating to:   Questions to identify the qualification         2   Acquired Rights (3 in 5 years practice)       3   Holder of qualification                             1   Professional sanctions                            2   Questions sent relating to:   Third Country Diplomas                           1   Holder of qualifications                           11   Acquired Rights (3 in 5 years practice)       10   Right to pursue profession                       8   Professional sanctions                            4   Training followed                                   6   File for recognition (requesting certs)        3   Identification of profession (Specialist)      1   Professional title (Specialist)                    1   Holder of qualification (Specialist)                            1   Training followed (Specialist)                                      1   Right to pursue profession (Specialist)                   1
  • SLIDE 5 Patients have a right to expect that dental professionals are keeping their skills and knowledge up to date throughout their careers. The purpose of CPD is to maintain public confidence in the Dentists Register by ensuring it is a list of dentists who have not only acquired the qualifications needed to practise, but who also continually update their skills in order to give their patients the best possible treatment and care. Continuing professional development (CPD) is compulsory for all dentists and DCPs - to remain registered to practise. Dentists must complete 250 hours of CPD every five years – 75 must be verifiable. DCPs must complete 150 hours of CPD every five years – 50 hours must be verifiable. The GDC does not endorse any courses for CPD. There are 3 core CPD subjects - medical emergencies, disinfection and decontamination and radiography and radiation protection. At the end of a five year cycle we might ask registrant to show they’ve met our requirements - their records will be their evidence.
  • SLIDE 4 Standards for dental professionals is the Council's ethical guidance for dental professionals. Registrants undertake to abide by these when they register with us – but this is not a ‘rule book’. It is a registrants responsibility to apply these principles to their daily work, using their judgment in light of the principles. They have an obligation to take the principles set out in the guidance into account in deciding what action to take. The guidance is evidence of the standards of conduct we expect of dental professionals - if their behaviour is called into question, we will compare their conduct with the range of acceptable behaviours compatible with the standards.
  • SLIDE 5 The principles are:
  • SLIDE 6 This guidance is supported by a number of other documents including Principles of Complaints Handling and Principles of Patient Confidentiality .
  • SLIDE 7 Your scope of practice is likely to change over the course of your career. You may expand your scope by developing new skills, or you may narrow your scope but deepen your knowledge of a particular area by choosing a more specialised practice. This guidance also lists ‘reserved duties’ which you can only practise if you are registered in a particular group. If you want to carry out these duties, you will need to receive further training and gain a qualification which would allow you to register in a different registrant group. We will review all the lists regularly to make sure that they are relevant in the light of new developments in dentistry. You should only carry out a task or type of treatment or make decisions about a patient’s care if you are sure that you have the necessary skills. You should only ask someone else to carry out a task or type of treatment or make decisions about a patient’s care if you are confident that they have the necessary skills.
  • SLIDE 3 The General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practise process begins when a complaint is assigned to a caseworker – who starts by comparing the complaint to the GDC’s ‘Standards’ to assess what should happen next; They have a number of choices: Ask for more information Close the case Refer to the Investigating Committee Send the case to the Dental Complaints Service Suggest an alternative route for resolution e.g. NHS complaints Refer to the Registrar for an Interim Orders Committee Most dental professionals are competent, conscientious people who patients can have complete confidence in. But there are times when the behaviour or health of a dental professional may cause concern. We can act on complaints from patients or information we receive from other organisations (for example, the police, the NHS or media reports) which questions whether a registered dental professional should be practising. We can take action if a registrant’s fitness to practise may be impaired due to their: Health Conduct, including convictions and cautions Performance Your case can be referred to the Interim Orders Committee at any stage of the procedures. This committee is able to suspend or impose interim conditions on your registration if there is an immediate need to protect the public or it is in the public interest or the interests of the registrant, pending the outcome of a case at a Practice Committee. In 2008 165 cases were referred to public hearing.
  • SLIDE 4 Last summer we agreed our strategy for 2010 – 2014, setting out our aims for the coming years. This helps us plan properly so we know that we are delivering our objectives in the most effective and efficient way. Our key purpose has been reaffirmed - we are here to protect patients and regulate the dental team. We’re often asked what the benefit of registration is for dental professionals. For us, it’s about protecting the reputation of your profession through our work. That’s not the same as promoting your interests or offering you benefits for registering with us. As you may know many other professions - doctors, opticians and pharmacists for example - are regulated in the same way for the same reason by different regulators… to protect the public.
  • The General Dental Council - Paul Feeney, Phil Higgs, Patrick Kavanagh

    1. 1. The General Dental Council Paul Feeney – Head of Quality Assurance Phil Higgs - Head of European and International Registration Patrick Kavanagh – Registration Development Manager GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL
    2. 2. The GDC – a little bit of history... <ul><li>First Dentists Act 1878 </li></ul><ul><li>Restriction on use of titles “dentist” and “dental practitioner” </li></ul><ul><li>Register first published in 1879 </li></ul><ul><li>GDC established in 1956 </li></ul><ul><li>The Dentists’ Act 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Amended 2005 – the whole dental team: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Hygienists ,therapists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists have been regulated since Summer 2008.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 4. What we do to Quality Assure (QA) dental education <ul><li>We develop standards of competence, and quality assurance systems to make sure that those standards are being met, so that we can demonstrate that dental professionals are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fit to practise when they first register with us; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay fit to practise once they are on our registers. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. GDC role in education and training <ul><li>New course proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Existing courses </li></ul>
    5. 6. We quality assure (QA): <ul><li>We develop standards of competence, and quality assurance systems to make sure that those standards are being met, so that we can demonstrate that dental professionals are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fit to practise when they first register with us; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay fit to practise once they are on our registers. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. Inspections <ul><li>Team of 32 inspectors </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 day inspections </li></ul><ul><li>Usually 3 inspectors (1 dentist, 1 DCP and 1 lay) plus 1member of GDC staff </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible format to meet need </li></ul><ul><li>Inspection reports </li></ul><ul><li>“ Errors and exceptions” plus learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Produced within 4-6 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Draft to school for factual accuracy and observations </li></ul><ul><li>Contains requirements and recommendations and </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation to GDC that course is “sufficient” or not </li></ul>
    7. 8. Routes to Registration <ul><ul><li>Automatic Recognition and General Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a) A scheduled EEA Diploma (including UK) generates registration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b) Non-scheduled diploma plus “acquired rights” generates registration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c) Assessment of recognised overseas diploma plus experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generates registration if successful. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d) Failure of “c” results in offer of “compensation measure” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e) Dentists: derogation to aptitude test; DCPs :choice of compensation </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Dentists Register October 2011 <ul><li>By Qualification Origin </li></ul> Total Percentage EEA Qualified 5943 15.67 Overseas Qualified 2102 5.54 IQE / ORE 2222 5.86 UK Qualified 27652 75.92
    9. 10. Romanian-qualified on the Dentist Register, October 2011 Automatic recognition 545 General Systems 12
    10. 11. IMI Traffic –last 6 months <ul><ul><li>In Out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>France 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poland 2 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sweden 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denmark 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hungary 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ireland 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Italy 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portugal 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Romania 5 </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Continuing Professional Development <ul><li>Demonstrate that registrants are keeping theirknowledge up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Dentists </li></ul><ul><li>250 hours over 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Core recommended subjects </li></ul><ul><li>75 hours must be verifiable </li></ul><ul><li>DCPs </li></ul><ul><li>150 hours over 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Core recommended subjects </li></ul><ul><li>50 hours must be verifiable </li></ul>
    12. 13. Standards for Dental P rofessionals
    13. 14. Our Standards <ul><li>There are six key principles in this booklet: </li></ul><ul><li>Put patients’ interests first and act to protect them; </li></ul><ul><li>Respect patients’ dignity and choices; </li></ul><ul><li>Protect the confidentiality of patients’ information; </li></ul><ul><li>Co-operating with other members of the dental team and other healthcare colleagues in the interests of patients; </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining your professional knowledge and competence; </li></ul><ul><li>Being trustworthy. </li></ul>
    14. 15. Supporting guidance <ul><li>Principles of Dental Team Working </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Patient Consent </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Patient Confidentiality </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Complaints Handling </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of Raising Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Scope of Practice </li></ul>
    15. 16. Scope of Practice <ul><li>This guidance sets out the skills and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>each registrant group should have; </li></ul><ul><li>It also outlines the type of additional skills they might acquire during their career; </li></ul>
    16. 18. OUR KEY PURPOSE <ul><li>Protecting patients, regulating the dental team. This is why we exist. </li></ul><ul><li>We support the quality of practice and reputation of the profession by setting standards, promoting them and taking action when they are not met. </li></ul><ul><li>All of this ensures that patients are protected. </li></ul>