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T H E N E W S L E T T E R F R O M T H E G E N E R A L D E N T A L C O U N C I L
CPD UPDATE DCP REGISTRATION
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS NO TIME TO DELAY
PAGES 10-11 PAGES 12-15
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Few of us are offered the opportunity to information to get you started is on
extend our lives as we wish, but that was page 11.
the privilege of your Council at its meeting
in Cardiff in September – subject, that is, Another important issue affecting all
to Privy Council approval. members of the dental team is the
registration of dental nurses and dental
Knowing that new legislation was technicians. After 30 July 2008, dental
pending, members voted to seek nurses and technicians who continue to
permission to extend their terms of office work without being registered will face
until the draft Section 60 Order – criminal charges. The consequences are
amending the Dentists Act 1984 – is just as serious for dentists too – if you
published, hopefully in 2008. This will employ an unregistered dental nurse or
approve proposals for a new-look, smaller, commission work from an unregistered
fully appointed Council with an increased dental technician after the deadline, you
lay membership. will face fitness to practise proceedings
and possible erasure from the register. So
These proposals, you may remember, please, if you are a dental nurse or
follow publication of the Government’s technician, register now. For all dentists
White Paper Trust, assurance and safety: reading this, please encourage your
the regulation of health professionals, and colleagues to register as soon as possible.
Hew Mathewson, GDC President
they promise the GDC a strengthened role Further information on registration is
in protecting patients and regulating the available on pages 4 and 12 – 15.
Finally, our meeting in Cardiff in
We have now completed our first audit of September again highlighted for me how,
dentists’ continuing professional although we are routinely (and perhaps
development (CPD). As expected, all of glibly) described as the UK dental
the dentists who submitted their CPD regulator, we operate within four separate
records for audit had completed the 75 political administrations. Each has different
hours of verifiable CPD they need to do dental healthcare systems, and perhaps
as a minimum. The vast majority in fact different needs and expectations when it
provided evidence exceeding this amount. comes to how dental professionals are
The audit also revealed some examples of regulated. Sensitively taking these needs
excellent practice. You can read more and expectations into account is crucial if
about this on page 10. we are to continue as an effective and
efficient pan-UK regulator, and this is
Doing CPD means that dental becoming a priority. Having successfully
professionals are keeping their skills and held the Council meeting in Edinburgh in
knowledge updated. On 1 August 2008, September 2006, and with our Cardiff
we introduce compulsory CPD meeting this year, we now look forward to
requirements to all dental care visiting Belfast in September 2008.
professionals too. Patients can now
expect the whole dental team to maintain Wishing you all a happy end to the year.
their knowledge and skills in relevant
areas. So, if you are a dental care
professional, why not think about starting
to record your CPD now so that you are Hew Mathewson
in the habit by next summer? More President of the GDC
www.gdc-uk.org page 3 winter 2007- 2008
FROM THE CONTENTS
EDITOR Is your team registered yet? 4
page 5 ARF payment goes online 5
Welcome to another packed edition of the Gazette, the last one of ARF payment
2007 and my first as Editor. A lot has happened over the past few goes online
Tooth whitening 6
months, and I hope you find this issue a useful and informative
update on the latest GDC developments.
New appointments 7
This edition also looks ahead to 2008 and the changes that will
Dental Complaints Service Update 8
affect all dental professionals. With just over seven months to go
until compulsory registration for dental nurses and dental
Your questions answered 9
technicians, we are urging all those who have not already done so
to register now. Likewise, we are asking dentists to encourage
CPD news 10-11
colleagues and staff to register before the legal cut-off date in July
2008. You can do this by displaying the tear-off leaflet on the front
Dental care professionals
of the Gazette to remind colleagues of the registration deadline, or
sending unregistered dental nurses and dental technicians one of
the postcards on the back. Registration: don’t risk
illegal practice 12
We had a fantastic response to our Registration Surgery for dental
pages 10-11 Simplified health checks 12
care professionals (DCPs) at this year’s BDTA Dental Showcase. CPD news
GDC staff members were on hand to check completed
registration application forms and offer advice. Further information Registration: know the facts 13
on future events we will be attending with a registration advice
service is available on the back cover. Qualification or experience? 13
Please pass your copy of the Gazette on to colleagues who may Registration options for
overseas DCPs 14
not have their own, particularly any unregistered DCPs. If you’d
like us to add somebody to our mailing list, so they receive their
own regular copy, please let me know – all DCPs will receive their Your questions answered 14
own copy automatically once registered.
pages 12-15 Are you soon to be qualified? 15
I would also like to encourage readers’ views on the content,
design and format of the Gazette. As the new Editor, I am keen to GDC at Dental Showcase 16
hear from you and would welcome your questions for the next
issue. Please get in touch with your suggestions and comments – Providing treatment plans 16
you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 020 7009
2746. Latest developments in dental
Jodie Ward, Editor Illegal practice 18
GDC at Dental Conduct cases reviewed 19-23
Diary of events 24
winter 2007- 2008 page 4 www.gdc-uk.org
WARNING ALL DENTISTS:
IS YOUR TEAM REGISTERED YET?
With just over seven months to go before
the legal cut-off date, we are urging
dentists to make sure the dental nurses
and dental technicians they work with are
registered in time.
After 30 July 2008, dental nurses and
dental technicians will face criminal
charges if they use those titles without
But there are serious consequences for
registrants too - if you employ
unregistered dental nurses or dental
technicians after 30 July 2008, you may
face fitness to practise proceedings and
possible erasure from the register.
The application fee will go up to £96 from
1 January 2008. Dental nurses and dental
technicians who get their applications to the legal requirement to register. And why
us before the end of this year will be able not write to the dental technicians you
to take advantage of the current fee of commission work from to ask if they’ve
£72. (Remember, once registered, there’s registered yet, and to encourage them to do For more information and/or
nothing more to pay until the first annual so now if they haven’t already? You’ll find application forms, please visit our
retention fee is due, in July 2009.) two postcards on the back of the Gazette website or contact our Registration
to send to dental nurses or technicians to Team on 0845 222 4141 or
There’s more information about remind them of the registration deadline. GDCregistration@gdc-uk.org.
registration on pages 12 to 15. Please Or, visit our website for a template letter
pass this on to any dental nurses you which you can download and tailor to fit
work with to make sure they’re aware of your needs.
Please cut out and give to your nurses and/or technicians
Getting it right first time
Would you be surprised to know that about ■ Identity; Submit your application before Christmas
40 per cent of GDC registration application and take advantage of the lower 2007 fee
■ Qualification (if applicable); and
forms from dental nurses and dental (£72), which covers you until July 2009.
technicians are either missing information or ■ Change of name (if different to that on
not completed correctly? This can mean a your qualification certificate).
delay to getting registered. And don’t forget to complete the health If you need advice on registration,
declaration. please call 0845 222 4141 or email
When completing your application, please
remember to provide proof of your:
www.gdc-uk.org page 5 winter 2007- 2008
ARF NEWS AT YOUR
GOES Why wait for the next issue of the
Gazette to hear the latest GDC
news? Sign up to receive GDC
ONLINE news alerts and we will send an
email straight to your inbox to let
There are now only a few weeks left before many people looking for dental specialists. you know when we’ve added new
the annual retention fee (ARF) is due on There is also now an application fee for information to our website on your
31 December 2007. To make paying the dentists joining these Lists. chosen topics. You can choose
ARF as quick and convient as possible, we from a range of options, including
have introduced online credit and debit card The ARF for dentists is £438 - an increase of press releases, monthly
payments. To pay online log onto our £18 or 4.3 per cent, in line with inflation. For newsletters and details of fitness
website www.gdc-uk.org and click on the dental care professionals (dental hygienists, to practise hearings.
‘ARF online’ button. dental therapists and clinical dental
technicians only at the moment) the ARF is
To sign up, please visit our website
You can also pay by cheque, banker’s draft £96 - an increase of £24 or 33 per cent.
and United Kingdom postal order if you prefer. today – www.gdc-uk.org – and
These must be made payable to the ‘General The GDC is funded by an annual levy on our join the many users already
Dental Council’. Please remember to write your registrants. These fee increases will help receiving regular email updates
name and registration number on the reverse ensure we are adequately resourced to not from the GDC.
of your cheque, postal order or bank draft. only carry out our existing functions,
including registering many thousands of
A Direct Debit can be set up to pay the ARF dental nurses and dental technicians, but
for 2009 onwards by completing a Direct also to progress new initiatives aimed at
Debit mandate form. This can be strengthening patient protection.
downloaded from our website. TO OUR
If you have any queries about the ARF,
This year we have introduced an ARF for the please visit our website, www.gdc- PRESIDENT!
Specialist Lists. This is to cover the costs of uk.org, or contact our Income The GDC would like to congratulate
maintaining the Lists and providing both a Collection Team on 020 7009 2720 or
our President, Hew Mathewson, on
telephone and email enquiry service for the ICT@gdc-uk.org.
his invitation to become an
Fees 2008 Honorary Fellow in Dental Surgery.
The Board of the Faculty of Dental
Surgery of the Royal College of
Retention £438 £96** Surgeons were unanimous in their
Temporary registration £438 n/a decision to honour Hew in
First registration £37 per month from the £8*** per month from recognition of his outstanding
first month of entry the first month of entry
personal contributions over
Restoration £110 £24
Specialist first registration £250 n/a
Specialist retention £52 n/a
The distinction was formally
*DCPs include: dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental nurses
presented at the Diplomates
and orthodontic therapists. Ceremony at the Royal College of
**Dental nurses and dental technicians who are already registered with the GDC do not need to pay an annual
Surgeons, London, on Friday 9
retention fee until July 2009, which will be the end of the first year of compulsory registration for these two groups.
***Dental nurses and dental technicians who register for the first time between 1 January 2008 and 30 July November.
2008 (the registration deadline) will pay the £96 registration fee which will cover them up to July 2009, when
their first annual retention fee is due.
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TOOTH WHITENING – AN UPDATE
The GDC believes that the practice of department of any tooth whitening Our President, Hew Mathewson, has
tooth whitening by non-dental complaints received. We already notify the since given a number of interviews, both
professionals is illegal. We are committed local Trading Standards department as print and broadcast, reinforcing the
to protecting the public by investigating part of our standard response to tooth GDC’s view that unregistered people
and prosecuting people who are not whitening complaints. should not be offering the treatment.
registered with the GDC and who These have included sections on BBC
perform, or provide clinical advice about These conferences were also attended by News 24 and the Radio 4 programme
tooth whitening. representatives of organisations working ‘You and Yours’.
very closely with the beauty industry, who
Each week we receive an average of ten are helping to spread the Council’s We will be looking for further opportunities
reports about unregistered people offering message on tooth whitening to their own in the future to work with partner agencies
tooth whitening procedures, and each of members and other therapists with whom in publicising our message on tooth
these is investigated. Complaints from they have regular contact. This included whitening. Any work undertaken in
members of the public who have been the Health and Beauty Industry collaboration with, and directed at, the
adversely affected by tooth whitening are Association (HABIA), which advises the beauty industry, is likely to have maximum
given the highest priority, and we gather industry on standards and health and benefit in terms of public awareness and,
witness evidence with a view to putting a safety. They have now adopted and ultimately, public protection.
case forward for prosecution. published our position on tooth whitening.
It is also vital to raise awareness of the
“ We are committed to
protecting the public by
investigating and prosecuting
issue with the public and those in the If anyone has any information that
beauty industry and to promote the GDC people who are not registered suggests an unregistered person may
position on tooth whitening wherever with the GDC and who perform, be undertaking tooth whitening, they
possible. As part of this work, the GDC’s or provide clinical advice about should report this matter to us. Call
Head of Fitness to Practise Legal
Services, Ros Bedward, has been
speaking at conferences run by the
The GDC speaks out
” us on 020 7009 2773 or email
Chartered Institute for Environmental We have also been working hard to
Health Officers on managing health and secure coverage in the media on tooth
safety in the beauty industry. These were whitening to raise public awareness. In
aimed primarily at Health and Safety September, we worked closely with
Officers who inspect beauty Which? magazine on an article on tooth
establishments for compliance with health whitening (available on our website). The
and safety legislation. This was an area of investigation discovered that beauty
great concern to Health and Safety salons are cashing in on the trend for
Officers in terms of the risks posed to Hollywood-white teeth, and allowing
members of the public. As a result, unqualified staff to carry out treatments
we have amended our procedures to that could result in permanent damage if
routinely notify the local Health and Safety done incorrectly.
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NEW APPOINTMENTS TO FITNESS TO PRACTISE PANEL
The GDC has appointed 30 more dental The new panel members are: Dental nurses
professionals to its independent Fitness to Dentists Margaret Saunderson
Practise Panel. Members of the panel are Ayée Marie McGrath Carol Denning-Kemp
responsible for hearing cases where a Helen Parkinson
registered dental professional may not be fit Christopher Hoyle Dental technicians
to work because of poor conduct, health or Nicholas Young Anthony Griffin
professional performance. Anita Nolan David Kime
Suzanne Noble Maja Jackson
The new appointments will help meet the Sally-Anne Atkinson
increasing demand on the panel which now Robert Tobin Dental therapists
rules on a broader range of hearings, Harneet Mangat Ruth Lovering
including those about dental professionals’ John Makin Lynne Stuart
performance and appeals against rejected Catherine Brady
registration applications. Jonathan Baber The vacancies were advertised in the dental
Anthony Markham media and applications were sought from
The panel includes lay people as well as Josephine Hassan all GDC registrant groups. The new
dental professionals and now has 78 Anthony Mellor panellists were selected through an
members in total: 40 dentists, 22 lay people Philip Johnstone interview process and have successfully
and 16 dental care professionals. Roland Kitchen completed a training course to enable them
Denise Forshaw to start hearing cases.
GDC President Hew Mathewson said, “We Satnam Singh Moonga
are delighted to announce the appointment Jane Fenwick Further information on the new panel
of 30 new Fitness to Practise Panel members is available on our website.
members. The new panellists will play an Dental hygienists
important role in safeguarding the public Pippa Stewart
and upholding standards within the dental Patricia Macpherson
professions.” Janet Reid
Chair of Overseas Registration
Examination Board announced
Professor Elizabeth Davenport has been Elizabeth said, “I am delighted to be C of the IQE) on 10 and 11 September
appointed as Chair of a new GDC board given the opportunity to take this 2007, with 291 candidates taking the
to ensure the successful delivery of the important examination forward. The format examination.
Overseas Registration Examination (ORE). of the ORE has been carefully considered
She will now help establish and lead the and I believe that we are in a good We have now appointed 27 external
Overseas Registration Examination Board position to deliver a robust examination examiners who will complete their training in
(OREB), playing a key role in recruiting which will be of benefit to those wishing to December 2007. These examiners will help
members of the Board. register with the General Dental Council run the ORE and ensure that each sitting of
and the public.” the exam meets with our high standards.
Professor Davenport was originally
involved in the review of the International GDC President Hew Mathewson said, “I am Two of these examiners will then be
Qualifying Examination (IQE) and the delighted that Liz has been appointed to this recruited to sit on the OREB with
implementation of the ORE. As Professor position. She brings expert knowledge of Professor Davenport, along with a lay and
of Dental Education and Director of examination governance and quality dental educationalist. We are currently
Quality with the Institute of Dentistry at assurance which is critical for this role.” interviewing for these last two positions.
Barts and The London Queen Mary’s
School of Medicine and Dentistry, she The ORE began with the first sitting of Further information on the ORE and the
brings over 30 years of dentistry the Part 1 and Supplementary Paper (for new Board is available on our website at
experience to the position. candidates transferring from Parts B and www.gdc-uk.org.
winter 2007- 2008 page 8 www.gdc-uk.org
Head of the Dental Complaints Service helping you put things right...
In line with its slogan, the Dental Complaints panel meeting – our final attempt to “put future practice have centred most frequently
Service continues to help patients and things right” (though a panel may not always around in-house complaints handling
dental professionals to “put things right” – be appropriate). procedures (in nine cases), and discussing
helping to resolve an average of 30-plus treatment plans and costs (five cases).
complaints a week, as fairly, efficiently, Two particularly positive points to note are
transparently and swiftly as we can. how few people need to return to us with Complaints considered at panel meetings have
their complaint after being referred back to involved a variety of treatments, and in four
As we said in our first annual report, that is their practice, and how comparatively few instances more than one treatment type.
good news for patients, and good news for complaints resolution panels have met (just Crowns and bridges have featured most often -
dental professionals, who have been 32 in all), considering that they are our last ten times; six meetings have involved
overwhelmingly supportive. attempt to help resolve a complaint. complaints about dentures, and four each
about tooth whitening and fillings. Six
Although we have helped resolve complaints panels were about general practice.
“ We help to resolve an average
of 30-plus complaints a week.
complaints about other members of the
dental team, such as dental nurses and
dental technicians, so far complaints panel
I am delighted to report that, in each case,
the recommendations of panels have been
You may remember that the service builds in meetings have been attended only by upheld by the dental professional
two attempts to resolve a complaint before dentists and their patients. concerned. Panels may well be the last
offering a panel meeting in a final attempt to attempt by the Dental Complaints Service
facilitate resolution. First, when we receive a Confidentiality clearly limits how much we to help resolve a complaint, but clearly they
complaint, we ask whether the complainant can report of panel meetings: patients are work because dental professionals take
has run it through the dental practice’s own more likely to use the service, and dental part overwhelmingly positively.
complaints procedure. If he or she has not, professionals to engage positively, if the
we refer them back to it. details of a complaint remain confidential.
Second, if they have, our complaints
But we can summarise.
“ Panels work because dental
professionals take part
advisers are there to attempt to help put
things right. This may on occasion mean
encouraging a patient to understand that
Of the 32 panels that have met:
■ 19 found a complaint to answer – in
they haven’t really got a complaint. We other words, in the complainant’s
have done this in the past. We close favour.
three-quarters of complaints within three ■ On twelve occasions, panellists
working days. recommended that no further action be
taken in relation to the complaint. To contact the Dental Complaints
Only the most protracted and contentious of ■ One panel was adjourned. Service:
the 2,250-odd complaints we have received Phone: 08456 120540 (local rate)
remained unresolved after the efforts Panels have recommended a refund of fees, Email: email@example.com
described above. If a complaint hasn’t been on a full or partial basis, as a result of 17 Visit: www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk
resolved it may become the subject of a meetings. Recommendations about a dentist's
www.gdc-uk.org page 9 winter 2007- 2008
Your questions answered
I especially if your employer or manager is responsibilities in respect of providing
the source of your concern. The next step dental devices as the manufacturer would
is to contact your local primary care in an EU state.
organisation or NHS hospital trust. There
should be appointed people within primary If you choose to use a non-UK laboratory,
care organisations who you can raise your you should be aware that you are solely
concerns with. responsible for the standard of the device
supplied to the patient if there is a problem
If taking action at a local level is not and if the patient subsequently complains to
practical or has failed, you should refer the Council.
your concern to us if the problem is so
severe that we clearly need to be involved Further guidance to registrants will be
(for example, issues of indecency or illegal available after December’s Council
practice) or if there is a genuine fear of meeting. Please visit our website for the
victimisation or a cover-up. latest information.
I am retiring from dentistry. Are you able What work can clinical dental
In a new feature for the Gazette, we are to refund my annual retention fee (ARF)? technicians undertake?
answering any questions you may have We do not refund the ARF. If you are retiring Clinical dental technicians can make full
about any aspect of our work. Whether it’s to from dentistry you can either write to us to dentures for edentulous patients (those
do with fitness to practise proceedings, be removed from the register or you can that have no teeth) without the
continuing professional development or elect to not pay the next ARF, therefore involvement of a dentist. They can also
registration. No matter what questions you removing yourself from the register. make and fit partial dentures as
have, we would like to encourage you to prescribed by a dentist, who has given the
send them in and we will endeavour to When will the list for corporate patient a full mouth examination.
answer as many as we can here in the dentistry open?
Gazette. We expect the list for Dental Bodies
Corporate to open in mid-2008. Further If you would like your questions
In this edition, we’re featuring a range of information will be available on our answered, please email them to
questions we were asked at the Dental website, www.gdc-uk.org, once a final firstname.lastname@example.org.
Showcase exhibition in October, along with decision has been made.
queries raised with our Customer Advice
and Information Team. Will registrants be able to send work
to dental laboratories overseas or will
I have serious concerns regarding a they only be able to commission work
colleague’s behaviour. What should I do? from registered dental technicians?
If you have serious concerns about the The requirement to use registered dental
behaviour of a colleague it is your technicians applies to laboratories based
responsibility to take action. Your duty as in the UK. Laboratories based in EU
a dental professional is to put patients’
interests first and act to protect them. If
member states must be registered with
the competent authority in that state OBITUARY
you fail to do so by not raising a concern, (equivalent to the Medical and Healthcare The GDC is very sad to have received
your registration could be at risk. products Regulatory Agency in the UK) news that former Council member
and must meet the requirements of the Professor Brian Cooke has died.
The action you should take will depend on Medical Devices Directive.
Professor Cooke served on the GDC for
what your concern is about. Where
many years (1964 to 1982 when he
possible, you should raise concerns first Laboratories based outside the EU must
retired) as the dentist member
with your employer or manager. However, have an 'authorised representative' within
nominated by the University of Wales.
this may not always be possible, the EU who takes on the same
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GDC SEEKS EVIDENCE OF CPD
A GDC audit of dentists in It is a legal requirement for dentists to The next five-year CPD cycle is due to
the first five-year continuing make an annual declaration which, by the end on 31 December 2007. Dentists in
professional development end of each five-year cycle, must confirm this cycle are those first registered with
(CPD) cycle (1 January their completion of 250 hours of CPD, the GDC:
2002 - 31 December 2006) with at least 75 hours being verifiable.
has now been completed. The vast majority provided evidence ■ between 1 January 1980 and 31
exceeding this amount. December 1989,
The audit found that over ■ between 1 January 1990 and 31
20 per cent of verifiable CPD A number of good practices were also December 2001 but were not on the
completed by dentists was highlighted, including using a personal Register at 31 December 2001, or
in three core subjects development plan, keeping good records ■ anytime in 2002.
recommended by the GDC - and staying up to date with CPD
medical emergencies; providers locally. We will be asking all dentists in this cycle
disinfection and to confirm the amount of CPD they have
decontamination; and J H Botha, a dentist at Taverham Dental completed in the previous five years at
radiography and radiation Health Centre who supplied evidence of the beginning of 2008. An audit of the
protection. CPD for the audit, said, “The principle of CPD evidence declared will then take
CPD is brilliant. It made me once more place later in the year.
Although core subjects aware of the tremendous amount of
were not introduced until knowledge readily available to dentists, For further information on CPD for
January 2007, dentists’ not only the recently qualified but also for dentists, please visit our website or
records showed they were those who have been in dentistry for request a ‘Continuing professional
already incorporating many years like myself. I am now much development for dentists’ booklet by
these in their CPD more aware of courses and dental contacting us on 020 7009 2746 or
activities. journals than I have ever been before.” email@example.com.
SUPPLYING CPD EVIDENCE IS EASY
Supplying evidence of good stead when supplying evidence verifiable CPD and general CPD.
compulsory continuing of CPD, but are also good guidelines ■ Make sure you are up to date in core
professional for best practice. areas, including medical emergencies,
development (CPD) may disinfection and decontamination, and
seem a little daunting ■ Use a personal development plan to radiography and radiation protection.
but there are a number help you decide how you will meet You should carry out a minimum
of things you can do to the minimum requirement of 250 number of hours in each of these
make it as easy and hours of CPD, of which at least 75 areas as part of verifiable CPD.
straightforward hours are verifiable. ■ For all verifiable CPD, make sure you
as possible. ■ Decide on a recording format for your have documentary proof of your
These tips will CPD activity, such as a GDC recording involvement, for example, a signed
not only form (available on our website). certificate from a course.
stand you in Consider keeping separate records for
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CPD FOR DCPs
TO COME INTO
FORCE Our core guidance booklet
‘Standards for dental professionals’
and associated, supplementary
From 1 August 2008, all dental care Dental technicians will be able to substitute
guidance, emphasise that all dental
professionals will need to start recording radiography and radiation protection for
professionals are responsible for putting
their continuing professional development materials and equipment (5 hours per cycle)
(CPD). as radiography is not within the dental patients’ interests first and acting to
technician curriculum. protect them.
Compulsory CPD is in line with our
Standards Guidance which sets out the In line with the CPD requirements for Central to this responsibility is the need
principles that all registered dental dentists, we recommend that DCPs for dental professionals to maintain
professionals should follow – this includes involved in the care of patients undertake knowledge of and carry out disinfection
the maintenance of their professional CPD in legal and ethical issues and and decontamination. This is essential
knowledge and competence. CPD for dental complaints handling. for those of you working in clinical and
care professionals is also an important first
laboratory environments, and is why it’s
step in the planned introduction of There are many ways for dental care
revalidation, which will mean that all members one of three core areas we recommend
professionals to complete CPD, ranging from
of the dental team have to regularly show as part of compulsory continuing
team training, attendance at courses and
that they are still fit to be on our registers. professional development (CPD).
lectures, to reading journals and private study.
Under the CPD requirements, all dental care We recommend that dentists complete at
To find out about CPD activities in your
professionals will need to complete and least five hours of verifiable CPD in
area, please contact your local
record a minimum of 150 hours of CPD in
Postgraduate Dental Dean or your disinfection and decontamination over
five-year cycles. A third of which (50 hours)
professional association. Courses are each five-year cycle. This should be part
should be verifiable CPD - amounting to ten
advertised in professional journals and of the 75 hours of verifiable CPD
hours per annum - while the rest can be
Royal Colleges also run courses. completed as a minimum.
Dental care professionals must submit an
Verifiable CPD means the activity must have: annual statement of the CPD hours they When CPD is introduced for dental care
complete each year. We will monitor professionals on 1 August 2008, we will
■ ‘concise educational aims and
compliance with the requirements by also recommend at least five hours of
objectives’ – the activity should have a
auditing the records of a sample of DCPs at verifiable CPD in disinfection and
clear purpose or goal;
the end of each five-year cycle. Failure to decontamination over each five-year
■ ‘clear anticipated outcomes’ - you
comply with the requirements may result in cycle. This should be part of the 50
should know what you can expect to
erasure from the register. hours of verifiable CPD completed as
gain as a result of taking part in the
activity; We will shortly be producing guidance for a minimum.
■ ‘quality controls’ – you should have the dental care professionals on the CPD
chance to give feedback, with a view to requirements. This will be sent to all
improving quality; and registered dental care professionals in the Both the Health Protection
■ documentary proof (e.g. a certificate) – new year. Agency and British Dental
to prove you took part in the activity. Association offer further
Dental care professionals should cover the guidance on disinfection and
following core subjects in their verifiable CPD: decontamination which is
available on their websites:
■ medical emergencies Further information about CPD www.hpa.org.uk and
(10 hours per cycle) for dental care professionals is www.bda.org
■ disinfection and decontamination available on the GDC website,
(5 hours per cycle) www.gdc-uk.org, or by calling
■ radiography and radiation protection 0845 222 4141.
(5 hours per cycle)
winter 2007- 2008 page 12 www.gdc-uk.org
The following four pages are dedicated to compulsory registration for dental care
professionals. They include tips on how to complete the registration application form,
as well as questions we have frequently been asked over the last few months regarding
We’re keen to find out your views on these pages. Did you find the information you
were looking for? What additional information would be useful? Please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org to give us your feedback or phone 0845 222 4141 for
REGISTRATION: DON’T RISK ILLEGAL PRACTICE
There are now just over seven months to go before registration Current registration figures:
becomes a legal requirement for dental nurses and dental
Category Number registered*
technicians on 30 July 2008. To take advantage of the lower
2007 application fee, we are encouraging all dental nurses and
Dental nurses 10,307
dental technicians who haven’t yet registered to do so now.
Dental technicians 944
Nurses and technicians who apply before the end of 2007 will Clinical dental technicians 58
pay the existing fee – £72 – and no more until their first annual
retention fee is due, in July 2009. The application fee goes up to Orthodontic therapists 0 (the first are still in training)
£96 on 1 January 2008, so it makes sense to do it before Christmas. * These figures are accurate on 12 November 2007
If you have recently sat the exam to qualify as a dental nurse, dental
technician or clinical dental technician, please refer to page 15 for Dental nurses and dental technicians who continue to put off
more information on how to register. registration will not only pay a higher fee, but could find themselves
no longer being able to work, or facing criminal charges if they
So far, only 11,309 dental care professionals from the four new continue to work without GDC registration after 30 July 2008.
groups have joined the register.
So why delay registration any longer? Get your application form to us by the end of the year and
you’ll not only be registered in time for the deadline, but you’ll also pay the lower fee. Download a
form from our website today.
SIMPLIFIED HEALTH CHECKS
Remember, we have made changes to the health check completed by either an employing or supervising dentist
requirements for registration applicants. The changes recognise or a doctor. You will need to have worked in the practice
that the roles of some members of the dental team are more for at least twelve months and provide evidence of your
exposure-prone than others and therefore carry different degrees original immunisation certificates for a dentist to sign your
of risk for patients: health certificate.
■ Dental technicians and dental nurses who do not work
in a clinical environment will not need to provide a health More comprehensive guidance for applicants, dentists
certificate. and doctors is available on the GDC website and in the
■ Dental nurses who work in a clinical environment (i.e. registration application pack. To request a pack, please
the majority of dental nurses) and dental hygienists, contact our Registration Team on 0845 222 4141 or
dental therapists, clinical dental technicians and GDCregistration@gdc-uk.org.
orthodontic therapists can now have their health certificate
www.gdc-uk.org page 13 winter 2007- 2008
Registration: know the facts
Earlier this year, the GDC simplified the application process and introduced new streamlined application forms to make
registration as easy as possible and to prevent mistakes being made which can lengthen the process.
There are now new separate application ■ a valid ID card issued by the armed Health certificate
forms for dental nurses and dental forces, or The health certificate only needs to be
technicians, so please ensure that you ■ a marriage certificate or other official completed if you work with patients, in
have the correct form. document if you have changed your which case it will show that you are fit to
name. practise. This must be completed by a
The new application form and further dentist if s/he has worked with you for
information about DCP registration is Don’t forget that your character referee over a year, or by a medical practitioner,
available from the GDC website will need to sign to say that they have who is not a member of your family.
www.gdc-uk.org. seen the original document. Please do
not send us originals. Again, this certificate is only valid for three
If you have one of the original months from the date on which it was
application forms you can still use this, Good character reference signed.
but you may find the new form easier to A referee, who is not a family member
complete. and has known you for at least one year, What do I do if I need more
must confirm your good character. This information?
Completed registration forms need to be can include:
sent back to us, along with copies of If you have any questions or concerns
supporting documents and the ■ the head of your dental training about completing the application form,
registration fee. school or his/her nominee, or please visit our website www.gdc-uk.org
■ the person responsible for the or call our Registration Team on 0845
What are the key areas I supervision of your training, or 222 4141. They will be able to offer
need to look out for? ■ another person of professional advice and answer any questions you
standing (in any country) including a have about registration.
Proving identity dentist, doctor, person entitled to
All applicants must be able to prove their practise law, minister of religion or
identity by providing a photocopy of: civil servant.
■ a valid passport, or Please be aware that the reference will
■ a valid photocard driving licence, or only be valid for three months from the
date on which it was signed.
Qualification or experience?
Dental nurses and dental technicians will be with a recognised qualification. For more information on the amount
who do not hold a formal This means that you would need to of experience you need, or for details
qualification and want to apply on qualify from scratch. Some of the qualifications recognised for
the basis of their experience must qualifications no longer awarded are still registration, please visit our website
register before 30 July 2008. After the accepted for GDC registration if you or contact our Registration Team on
deadline, the only way on to the apply by July 2008. 0845 222 4141.
Dental Care Professionals Register
winter 2007- 2008 page 14 www.gdc-uk.org
How much is the registration fee?
The registration fee is currently £72 but this
goes up to £96 on 1 January 2008. So if
you haven’t registered yet, it makes sense to
get your application to us before Christmas
and pay the lower fee. For dental technicians
and dental nurses, your initial registration fee
covers you until July 2009 when your first
annual retention fee will be due.
All four dental nurses at Jack Roberts & commitment to the nurses’ continuing
Shouldn’t my employer pay my
Associates dental practice in Wakefield professional development. It also
have registered with the GDC. shows our patients our commitment to
It is your own personal responsibility to
providing fully trained and register with the GDC. Your employer may
Three nurses registered through a City professionally recognised nursing staff. agree to pay the registration fee for you but
& Guilds NVQ level 3 in oral Registration has been a long time they are not obliged to.
healthcare, whilst one nurse registered coming. It was not so long ago that
If I work in a dental laboratory, do I need
on the basis of her experience. Two dental nurses were seen as glorified
to be registered?
other nurses are on an approved cleaners and tea ladies. Well done the If you’re a dental technician you should
training course at a local college. GDC!” register. If you’re eligible to register as a
dental technician, you should register now,
The Practice Manager Sallie Rhodes Is your team GDC-registered? We’re whatever work you are doing. Because in
the long term, you might lose out. Don’t
said, “I think it is fantastic that nurses keen to hear from other laboratories
miss the boat. You can only register on the
now are required to register with the and practices, small and large, where
basis of experience before 30 July 2008.
GDC. It brings their chosen profession the whole dental team is registered. If
into the 21st century and shows their you’d like your team to feature in a What if I decide not to register with
commitment and dedication to their future Gazette, please get in touch the GDC?
chosen career. and tell us why you felt it was Registration with the GDC is not optional.
After 30 July 2008, dental nurses and dental
important to register early.
technicians who are not registered with the
I made sure all our dental nurses Email email@example.com GDC will no longer be able to work, and will
registered early as I feel it shows the or call 020 7009 2746. face criminal charges if they do. Further
team and patients alike our information on how to register with us is
available on page 13.
REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR OVERSEAS DCPs
A new GDC working group is looking at The members of the Working Group are: which was also available on our website.
how best to assess overseas DCPs’ The views expressed in this broad call
suitability for registration. ■ Mabel Slater (Chair, GDC DCP Council for ideas will inform a focused consultation
member) on options for routes to registration for
The Overseas DCPs Registration Working ■ David Murphy (GDC lay Council member) overseas DCPs, at the beginning of 2008.
Group aims to establish assessments for ■ Denis Toppin (GDC dentist Council
clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, member) For more information and the latest
dental nurses, dental technicians, dental ■ Gordon Miles (GDC executive) developments please visit
therapists and orthodontic therapists who ■ Amanda Little (GDC DCP policy leader) www.gdc-uk.org.
do not have a UK or recognised European
qualification and who wish to apply for The Group issued a call for ideas to all
registration to work in the UK. categories of stakeholders in November,
www.gdc-uk.org page 15 winter 2007- 2008
DENTAL NURSES IN TRAINING
Over the past few months, we have We are happy for dental nurses who are training' and can therefore work as a
received many enquiries about dental nurse working towards a registrable qualification dental nurse. When you have completed
training. Here we answer some of the to work without being registered with the your two years and got your certificate,
questions we are often asked: GDC until they have finished their studies, you will need to register with us straight
but please remember that you do need to away.
I’ve nearly finished my training as a register with us once you have received
dental nurse. Do I need to let you know your qualification.
I’m in training and should I register
before the deadline? I have completed the national exam
Well, you don’t have to but it might be but need two years’ work experience
cheaper for you! If you hope to receive your before I get my certificate – where We realise that there are lots of other
qualification before 30 July 2008 you can does this leave me with registration? issues around dental nurse training that
send in your application form before the The two years' chair-side experience is still need further clarity. These are issues
end of this year and only pay the 2007 fee part of the requirement to complete the that the Council will be exploring further at
(£72). The fee goes up by £24 on 1 National Certificate. So, even though you the next meeting in December. We will
January 2008. For further information on have passed your exam, the fact that you keep you updated with the latest
soon to be qualified dental care are still doing your two years in the developments on our website,
professionals, please see below. practice means that you are still 'in www.gdc-uk.org.
Are you soon to be qualified?
Trainee dental care professionals who are beneficial for them will depend on when later than 30 July 2008. They will then be
due to qualify before 30 July 2008 can get they want to start work following officially entered onto the Dental Care
a head start on registration and take qualification - in their first year of Professionals Register.
advantage of the 2007 GDC registration registration they pay less the later in the
fee of £72, so long as they apply before calendar year they register (in 2008 the first DCPs who take advantage of this offer, but
the end of this year. registration fee is £8/month). It is therefore later do not obtain their qualification, will be
not going to be an attractive option for able to request a full refund.
The registration fee goes up to £96 on 1 these groups to take advantage of this
January 2008, but trainee dental care 'apply now' offer if they will receive their For more information on your route to
professionals can submit a completed qualification and register after 1 April 2008. registration and to receive a registration
registration application before 31 Individuals who want to practise before application pack, please visit our website
December and pay the current fee. April will have to pay more than £72, so www.gdc-uk.org, or contact our
applying now on the current fee will be an Registration Team on 0845 222 4141 (local
The same arrangement is also open to attractive option for them. rate) or GDCregistration@gdc-uk.org.
trainee dental hygienists, dental therapists,
clinical dental technicians and orthodontic DCPs in training who send in their
therapists who are due to qualify before 30 application now won’t be registered until
July 2008 and need to register before they they send in a copy of their qualification
can work. Whether the offer is financially certificate. This must be received by us no
winter 2007- 2008 page 16 www.gdc-uk.org
GDC AT DENTAL
This year’s BDTA Dental Showcase was information I needed first-hand. I didn’t
the busiest yet for the GDC, with an realise until I came along to the stand that
estimated 2,000 dental professionals the fees were going up and I am feeling Laura Hill (left), pictured with Natalie
and others visiting our stand between much better about DCP registration now. Williamson and Helen Rudge, said, “I
18 and 20 October. I thank the staff for providing the correct heard about the Registration Surgery
information and would encourage others through advertising and came along
During these three days, a dedicated to speak to the GDC directly to find out today to hand in my application form.
team of GDC staff was on hand at our what they need to do to register as there The Registration Surgery at Dental
‘Registration Surgery’ to answer is a lot of misinformation out there.” Showcase was a convenient service.”
questions on dental care professional
registration, provide the new simplified Vanita Bhogaita, Marta Drubkowka, and The GDC Registration Surgery at Dental
application forms, check applications Marzena Bogari said, “Our lives are busy Showcase 2007
and make sure they were completed so it was a good opportunity to get more
correctly. information about registration here at the
Dental Showcase exhibition.”
Dental technician Sue Dawson from
Devon visited the Registration Surgery The Registration Surgery will be
for more information about how to available at future events the GDC is
register. She said, “The GDC stand was attending. Please see the back cover
the first one that I visited at Dental for further details.
Showcase so that I could get the
PROVIDING TREATMENT PLANS
Dental teamwork is all about working it is important for dentists to remember that An example of this in practice is if a patient
together to provide good quality dental care this position also brings with it certain needs a partial denture. They would first
for patients, and is not just limited to staff responsibilities, not only to patients but to need to see a dentist for a full mouth
who work at the same practice. the other members of the dental team who examination and treatment plan as
are able to provide some types of explained previously. They might then
Our dental team guidance states that treatment. For example, a hygienist could choose to stay with the dentist to have the
patients should have a full mouth carry out scaling and polishing, or a clinical denture made, but they also have the right
assessment carried out by a dentist, who dental technician (CDT) could provide a to take that prescription to any suitably
should then provide the patient with a partial denture within the dentist’s overall trained and qualified dental professional
treatment plan. The patient may take the treatment plan. such as a CDT in order to have the denture
treatment plan to any appropriate made.
registered dental professional. If the patient wants to take their treatment plan
to another member of the team able to carry Further guidance on dental teamwork is
This guidance recognises that the dentist is out the treatment, then that is their choice. available from the GDC as part of the
the only member of the team with the skills There are now even more registered members ‘Standards Guidance’ publications. For a
to diagnose a full range of oral conditions of the dental team trained and qualified to copy, please call 020 7009 2746 or email
and plan for a patient’s treatment. However, provide treatment safely for patients. firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.gdc-uk.org page 17 winter 2007- 2008
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN DENTAL EDUCATION
GDC President visits Sheffield New dental schools open in the local population whilst continuing to
School of Clinical Dentistry South West and North West develop their knowledge and understanding.
At the end of August 2007, Hew The GDC plays an important role in the
The Peninsula Dental School also welcomed
Mathewson, President of the GDC, visited quality assurance of dental education. As a
its inaugural cohort of students on 17
the University of Sheffield’s School of result, two new dental schools in the UK
September. Hew Mathewson, President of
Clinical Dentistry to learn more about their have been inspected and approved, and
the GDC, enjoyed meeting the new students
clinical placement outreach programme. opened their doors for new cohorts of
and members of staff when he visited the
students in September 2007.
Dental School on 20 September.
As part of our quality assurance process,
188 people applied for the 64 places on the
each school had to submit their new
four-year course, resulting in a high standard
programme for students to our Education
of students, all educated to graduate level,
Committee for approval. In April, we
with many having clinical experience from
Image supplied by Midas Touch Photography
inspected both schools and were pleased
other healthcare disciplines.
with the progress they had made. We will
continue to inspect the schools each year,
The students began their training on new
with the next inspection due in Spring 2008.
phantom head facilities on the University of
Plymouth campus while purpose-built
The University of Central Lancashire, in
facilities are developed in Devonport, Exeter
partnership with Liverpool University,
and Truro. It is expected that by the time
launched the new graduate entry dental
they reach their third year, the first cohort
programme for the award of Bachelor of
and the years below them will be training
Dental Surgery. The first cohort of 32
across the South West.
students was welcomed onto the
programme on 3 September in the new,
President of the General Dental Council, Hew state of the art School of Dentistry.
Mathewson, at The Mount Dental Practice with
supervising dentists Richard Main, Amita Shahi and The students will spend the first year on the
Scott Senior and student manager Christine Abbott.
Preston Campus, and then will be located
at one of four Dental Education Centres in
The University has partnered with The Mount
the Northwest – Accrington, Blackpool,
Dental Practice in Hemsworth, Pontefract,
Carlisle and Morecambe. Under the
and the Thompson and Thomas practice at
supervision of experienced staff, the
the new Fairlawns centre in Middlewood to
students will start to provide dental care for Professor Liz Kay, Dean of the Peninsula Dental
provide students with the practical School, with the first cohort of dental students.
experience of working in a dental practice.
Hew Mathewson said, "As the UK dental Update: Specialist Dental Education Board
regulator, one of our most important roles is The Specialist Dental Education Board new curricula in line with the
setting educational standards. We (SDEB) held its third meeting on 18 framework developed by the Board. It
encourage providers to be innovative with October 2007. The SDEB reports to has also begun to consider future
their programmes. the Education Committee and quality assurance structures that might
considers issues relating to the training be adopted in specialist training.
Outreach is an exciting and demanding and listing of dental specialties. The
development for dental schools and the Board has so far been developing For more information on the work
University of Sheffield has been at the curriculum guidance, which will be of the Board, its agendas and
forefront of this." distributed once finalised and approved minutes, please visit our website.
by the Education Committee. The Alternatively, please contact Ewen
The programme will continue to grow with Macleod on 020 7887 3801 or
relevant Specialist Advisory
three additional new outreach centres email@example.com.
Committees will be asked to submit
currently under construction.
winter 2007- 2008 page 18 www.gdc-uk.org
GDC OPENS ITS DOORS CONDUCTING CLINICAL GDC MEETS IN CARDIFF
FOR PCTs TRIALS Members of the Welsh public were given
Following the successful pilot event in The GDC has issued a statement for all the chance find out more about the UK
March, a further three open days have registrants associated with, undertaking or dental regulator and how decisions are
taken place this year, the last of which involved in clinical trials and research. made when the Council met in Cardiff on
was in mid-November. 18 September.
Relevant standards include:
All primary care trusts (PCTs) in England The meeting opened with an opportunity
were invited and feedback from the ■ putting the patients’ interests first; for people to put questions to the
sessions has been very positive. Delegates ■ finding out about laws and regulations President and Council members in
received presentations on registering which may affect your work; English or Welsh.
dentists and dental care professionals ■ finding out about current best practice;
(including information on the Overseas The Cardiff meeting was the second
■ acting honestly and fairly; and
Registration Examination), fitness to Council meeting to be held outside
practise processes and revalidation. ■ making sure patients are able to claim London. Last year, the Council met in
compensation. Edinburgh. Next year the Council plans
We are hoping to organise similar events Further advice and legislation can be found to meet in Belfast.
in 2008 and are looking to find ways to via the ‘Standards Guidance’ on the GDC
work with Trusts and Boards in the three website and at the Medicines and The key decisions from September’s
other countries. Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Council meeting are available on
website, www.mhra.gov.uk. our website.
For more information, please contact
Claire Kehoe on 020 7009 2784 or email
GDC TAKES ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL PRACTICE
The GDC is committed to protecting the or those who have been removed from the of £750 for each offence, ordered to pay
public by bringing cases of illegal practice to Register continue to use their title to obtain compensation to the affected patients
Court. It is a criminal offence for anyone some benefit such as prescription drugs. totalling £765 and to pay £3,000 towards
other than a registered dental professional to prosecution costs. Ms Wood was also fined
carry out dentistry, and as such, we will Some more novel cases are also coming to £750, ordered to pay compensation of £490
prosecute people who practise dentistry light. We currently have proceedings and £1,000 towards prosecution costs.
illegally. These cases are usually heard in the pending against a limited company which
Magistrates Court, carrying a maximum carried on the business of dentistry with no Mr White was convicted of a further three
penalty of £5,000 per offence. registrants on the board. We are also offences of illegal practice at the same Court
preparing proceedings against the proprietor on 8 August 2007 relating to his treatment
The majority of our cases fall into three main of a chain of beauty salons in relation to of a patient over a two-year period. He was
categories. The provision of dentures direct to tooth whitening by unregistered individuals, fined £750 for each offence, ordered to pay
the public by unregistered technicians forms which is explored further on page 6. compensation of £500 and ordered to pay
the basis of the majority of the convictions the Council’s prosecution costs of £1,830.
obtained by the Council. A number of Details of recent cases brought before the
individuals have been brought before the Court Court are set out below. GDC v Richard Kirk
on numerous occasions for repeat offences. Mr Kirk was a dentist who continued in
GDC v Andrew White practice until early 2007 despite having been
The activity that accounts for the next largest Mr White was convicted of two offences of removed from the Register for non-payment of
group of cases arises where a registrant is the illegal practice of dentistry at Chesterfield the Annual Retention Fee in January 2003. He
erased for non-payment of the annual Magistrates Court on 18 April 2007 relating was convicted of a single offence of the illegal
retention fee but continues to practise. to the provision of dentures direct to two practice of dentistry spanning the period
Cases also occur where dentists take up members of the public. His associate, Ms August 2005 to January 2007, and was fined
employment before becoming registered Alison Wood, was convicted of one similar £1,500 and ordered to pay the Council’s
with the Council, and where retired dentists offence. Mr White was ordered to pay a fine prosecution costs of around £3,000.
PAYING THE ARF BY DIRECT DEBIT
Each year a small number of registrants are removed from our registers for non payment of the annual retention fee (ARF).
To ensure you do not fall into this group, we encourage you to sign up to pay your ARF by Direct Debit.
If you would like to pay your 2009 fee by Direct Debit, you need to complete and return a mandate form to us by 31 October 2008.
You can download one from our website or get in touch with us and we will send one to you.
What are the benefits of paying by Direct Debit?
1. Direct Debit is the easiest and most convenient way to pay. Once you’ve set up a Direct Debit, there are no more cheques to write
and no more worry about meeting payment deadlines.
2. Payments by Direct Debit can help us keep the ARF as low as possible. We pay significantly less for a Direct Debit payment to be
processed than we do for other types of payment. If all registrants paid by Direct Debit, we’d make big savings on our administration
costs. Savings which we would take into account when we review the ARF.
For a Direct Debit mandate form:
Visit: www.gdc-uk.org (go into the ARF page of the ‘Current registrant’ section)
Call: 020 7009 2720
diary of events
SOME DATES FOR THE DIARY…
For more details of any of these meetings, hearings and events, please
visit the event sections of our website.
Council meetings Fitness to practise hearings ■ 1-3 May - British Dental
Our Council meetings are open to the public. For a list of dates and details of public Association Conference and
Each meeting begins with a public question hearings into allegations against dental Exhibition 2008, Manchester
and answer session. More information, professionals, please visit our website or
including the agenda and papers, is available contact our Hearings Team: Find us at Stand C42
on our website in advance of each meeting.
We also publish a summary of the decisions Phone: 020 7887 3821
made by the Council on our website Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ 9-10 May - Dental Technology
following the meeting. Show 2008, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Outcomes of recent hearings are available
Council meeting dates in 2007: on our website. Find us at Stand E20
■ 6 December (London)
Out and about We will be providing a DCP
Council meeting dates in 2008: We're taking part in the following dental registration application checking
■ 5 March (London) events over the next few months. We look and advice service at both of
■ 5 June (London) forward to meeting as many of you as these events.
possible at these events. Come and hear
■ 3 September (Belfast)
the latest GDC news, share your views
■ 3 December (London) and get your questions answered.
General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8DQ
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