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Dental mythbuster 2: Keeping up to date for the dental practice team

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We will review whether the dental team is keeping up to date with training when we look at the effective key question.

This relates to regulation 18 (staffing). This states that persons employed by the service receive support, training, professional development, supervision and appraisal.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is defined as learning, training or other developmental activities which can reasonably be expected to maintain and develop a person’s practice as a dentist or dental care professional (DCP), and is relevant to the person’s field of practice”.

The General Dental Council (GDC) has changed the CPD requirements for dentists and DCPs. This enhanced CPD scheme starts:

  • 1 January 2018 for dentists
  • 1 August for DCPs


As part of the changes dental registrants will need to have a personal development plan (PDP) in place.

A PDP often flows from an appraisal process. The PDP will:

  • highlight the areas for development
  • how they are to be addressed
  • suggested evidence of outcomes
  • the time frames involved

What to expect on inspection

The PDP is personal to the dentist or DCP and an inspector would not normally need to examine it.

We expect providers to be able to demonstrate that they have ensured themselves that staff are up to date with professional practice and have taken steps to comply with CQC requirements. For example, providers could keep a log of staff members training over their General Dental Council CPD cycle.

Professional requirements

The GDC has published information about enhanced CPD. This includes:


Last updated:
14 June 2018


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