The General Dental Council (GDC) have made changes to your continual professional  development (CPD) requirements as a dental nurse from Aug 2018. This does not mean you stop one CPD programme and start another nowlets make this very clear, there is a transfer period and the GDC have created a CPD transfer calculator that is aligned to where you are as an individual in your current CPD cycle.

The basic overview of the facts are as follows:

  • Dental Nurses will be expected to change over to the new CPD programme with the guidance of the transfer calculator if you are mid CPD cycle – so if you have completed your hours for your 5 yr cycle ahead of schedule, you will still need as of 2018 to complete your transfer hours
  • The non-verifiable requirement will no longer be a requirement
  • The verifiable hours will be 50 hrs
  • Registrants will need to declare annually, adding ‘0’ if no CPD has been undertaken – you must declare at least 10 hrs over a two year period.
  • No more than 2 yrs of CPD can be declared at any one point i.e. 20 hrs. this  encourages learning over time.
  • You are advised to undertake a range of CPD activities
  • You must identify the CPD that best meets your individual needs for the role you undertake and the clinical skills you provide.
  • You must keep a record of all your CPD activity (an inventory or a log) this must include: the provider, the topic, the venue, the date, the hrs spent learning (not including breaks etc), the QA process and the named person responsible for the QA, a link to the GDC learning outcome that the CPD activity maps too and if a certificate or other evidence has been provided.
  • You must ensure that the CPD has: Aims; objectives; intended learning outcomes and an opportunity to feedback. You must check that the person/s providing the CPD are appropriately qualified and trained in the topic and current and that both the provider and the CPD have been through a robust QA process; you must also ensure the certificate/evidence meets the GDC requirements.
  • Your reflection activity can be planned in a way that is effective and constructive to you – not every CPD activity needs to be reflected upon, but there is a need for reflective practice to be demonstrated. You could for instance reflect monthly, quarterly etc. What is important is how the activity has or will inform or change your own personal practice.

CPD Record

  • You must keep a record of all your CPD activity (an inventory or a log)
  • The Record should contain your Personal Development Plan (PDP)
  • A log of the provider, the topic, the venue, the date, the hrs spent learning (not including breaks etc); other recommendations are  the QA process and the named person responsible for the QA, a link to the GDC learning outcome that the CPD activity maps too and if a certificate or other evidence has been provided.

The Personal Development Plan (PDP) 

This may be new to you, but it is merely a planner, something that will give structure to your CPD activity. It will help you be more focused in which course/activities are important to you as an individual and will hopefully be economically beneficial, saving you money in that it will encourage you to decide where and how best to spend your CPD energy.  A PDP is and should a flexible tool which must be kept for each CPD cycle – it is yours, you may change direction and this means the plan changes with you – you are not judged against the quality of your PDP, but it must be in place and active.

The CPD provider

  • Must confirm that the registrant has participated in full with the CPD activity
  • Provide quality CPD within the GDC guidance and requirements -Aims; objectives; intended learning outcomes and an opportunity to feedback. You must check that the person/s providing the CPD are appropriately qualified and trained in the topic and current and that both the provider and the CPD have been through a robust QA process; you must also ensure the certificate/evidence meets the GDC requirements.
  • A provider must not knowingly mislead registrants
  • If the provider is a registrant and knowingly provides poor CPD  that does not meet the GDC  requirements this will be deemed unacceptable

Further guidance can be sought from the GDC  at  www. gdc-uk.org

The Society have an approved course scheme to help its members make ‘good decisions’ and the right choices as well as a support and helpline, let us help you – don’t get caught out.  www.admin@bdns.org.uk

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