The General Dental Council (GDC) has published plans for how its approach to regulating dental professionals will be reformed to put public safety firmly at its heart.
Proposals outlined today (26 January 2017) show how the GDC will focus on the prevention of harm. The GDC will make more active use of education and learning to support dental professionals throughout their career.
Patients will be supported to raise their concerns in the most effective way; we will build better relationships with partners and be clearer to the public and professionals in what circumstances our enforcement powers will be used.
The changes are focused on securing patient protection, public confidence in dental services and a fairer regulatory system for professionals, which will be more agile, graduated and proportionate. Making these changes work will require the dental profession, regulators, educators and the many organisations and individuals involved in the sector to play an active role.
Commenting on the proposals, William Moyes, Chair of the General Dental Council, said: “Today’s plans present a significant shift in how we will regulate dental professionals in the future.
“At present, we deal with harm after things have gone wrong, investigating the resultant complaints and where necessary, applying sanctions.
“For the future, we want to give much more emphasis to preventing patients being harmed in the first place and ensuring lessons are learned from the cases that come to the GDC. This is better for patients and for dental professionals, and for the reputation of the entire dental team.”
Ian Brack, Chief Executive of the GDC, said: “This is our most significant proposal in a generation and I encourage anyone involved with dental services, whether as a dental professional, employer, educator, policy maker, indemnifier, professional association or patient, to engage with our plans.
“We have made it clear from the outset that we cannot do this alone - the proposals require fundamentally better collaboration with others than we have achieved in the past.
“I am confident that our proposals can make the system better for patients and fairer for dental professionals and strengthen public confidence in dental services.”
Broadly set out under four areas of work, Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation will see the GDC:
The GDC is seeking views on the proposals. The discussion document will be live for three months and closes on 26 April 2017. You can take part on our website and join the conversation online using #shiftingthebalance
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For more information, please visit the dedicated page on the GDC’s website.
To read the discussion document, please click here.
To respond to the discussion, please visit the online survey here.
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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