Continual Professional Development came as part and parcel of becoming a registrant in 2008. We are all aware of our requirements to maintain our professional competence and our clinical skills in order that we can keep our registration too. But this is about to change and so you need to be in the know.
Currently you are expected to undertake both verifiable and non-verifiable CPD, but as of June 2018 you will no longer be required to complete non-verifiable CPD – in fact take a look at what the GDC say …
Enhanced CPD scheme
The enhanced CPD scheme will ensure CPD activity is firmly embedded in the professional life of dental professionals. It is intended to support registrants in doing CPD regularly, in accordance with our standards and within their current scope of practice.
- Plan – Registrants will identify CPD needs using a personal development plan. This will enable them to evaluate their learning and development needs, in accordance with the GDC’s standards and their scope of practice. This could be done individually or in conjunction with peers or colleagues, the employer/commissioner (such as through an appraisal etc), or the wider dental team. It may also be informed by other information derived from patient feedback, complaints, audit, significant event analysis and peer review processes, or dental practice evaluations, for example.
- Do – By identifying CPD that best meets their needs, registrants would then embark upon the planned activity in a timely way.
- Reflect – Following the CPD activity the registrant can reflect on its impact by considering how it has or will enable them to maintain and develop their skills. It would enable them to evaluate how their CPD contributes to supporting them to practise in accordance with our standards and how it has contributed positively to the wider context of patient care.
- Record- The registrant would then record what they did, including any independently verifiable evidence. They can document the impact and benefits that a CPD event provided, based upon their reflections, and describe how the CPD activity enabled them to achieve outcomes that relate to our standards.
They can then go on to identify further learning needs which could be added to their personal development plan, and so continuing the process.
By focusing upon verifiable CPD, we can ensure that the enhanced scheme is credible and generates trust.
It would also provide auditable supporting documentation that is open to scrutiny by us where we require it. This is important to ensure we can provide on-going public assurance that registrants are keeping their skills and knowledge up to date.
We have adjusted the minimum required hours of CPD to reflect this change as below:
|Registrant Group||Minimum verifiable CPD hours per five year cycle|
|Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists, Orthodontic Therapists, and
Clinical Dental Technicians
|Dental Nurses and Dental Technicians||50 hours|