The General Dental Council (GDC) has today published Shaping the direction of lifelong learning for dental professionals, which invites ideas, comments and views on the short and long-term future of professional learning and development in dentistry.
The publication represents the next step on the journey towards achieving a more effective system of CPD, which began with commitments made in the regulator’s
2017 publication Shifting the balance and the introduction of the Enhanced CPD scheme in 2018. Since then, this journey has continued with the gathering
of further information and evidence through stakeholder feedback, a systematic literature review on CPD and, most recently, through workshops with
professional associations, educators and other regulators which took place earlier this year.
After building a robust base of evidence, the GDC says it ‘now wishes to explore ideas for developing the CPD scheme with dental professionals and stakeholders’
and that it is ‘opening a conversation about what meaningful CPD is, how it can be achieved, and what the obstacles might be that prevent dental professionals
from accessing and undertaking it.’
GDC Head of GDC Policy and Research, Rebecca Cooper, said: “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 to provide dental professionals
with the information and tools they need to meet and maintain high professional standards and quality patient care.
“Some dental professionals feel that CPD is little more than a tick box exercise. Our proposals look at how we might move to a system that is flexible
and responsive for the full range of dental professionals and where professionals can increasingly take responsibility for their own development, without
the need for heavy-handed enforcement.
“This discussion document represents a significant milestone in achieving this goal and we really want to hear from as many people as possible about where
lifelong learning should go from here.”
The discussion document is presented in three parts:
Responses and views can be submitted online.
Notes to Editor
The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists across the UK and beyond.
BSDHT maintain an on-going dialogue with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, and attends meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry, bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MP’s.
Visit www.bsdht.org.uk for more information.
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