Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
University of Birmingham

Professional Standards and the GDC

The GDC says:

You have an individual responsibility to behave professionally and follow these principles at all times.

The standards set out what you must do. If you do not meet these standards, you may be removed from our register and not be able to work as a dental professional.


Member Feedback on Professional Standards

  • This was an excellent module. Concise and very relevant. It beautifully outlined and summarised the conduct that is required of a dental professional in their public and private life
  • Scenarios really drive it home
  • Real life situations questions made this module enjoyable to work through and at the same time linked the GDC standards to everyday situations. Thank you.
  • Very interesting topic, rarely found in dental books
  • I thought it would have been very dry but it was interesting, and the examples chosen thought provoking. Even my husband who normally spends the evening asleep, after a day at the drill face discussed some answers!


The Standards for Dental Professionals online learning module has clear and concise aims, objectives and anticipated outcomes, listed below. These will appear on the Dentaljuce Enhanced CPD Certificate, along with the time spent, dates, and detailed topics you studied within the module. Certificates can be printed at any time, covering any range of dates. Dentaljuce CPD complies with the UK GDC's requirements for enhanced verifiable continuing professional development.

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP)   
Regulatory authorities recommend that CPD/CE is undertaken based on learning needs that you have identified and entered into your PDP. Some authorities may not accept your CPD as verifiable unless it has been identified in the PDP before you undertake it.

Before starting this module, check that the learning outcomes are what you require, and that you have entered the need into your PDP. Here is an example PDP entry for this module.
What development needs have I? How will I address them? Target completion date Outcomes Date
Completed
To become familiar with the UK GDCs guidance on Standards Read the GDCs Standards Handbook.
Take the Dentaljuce Standards For Dental Professionals module.
• Gain knowledge and awareness of the document 'UK GDC Standards for Dental Professionals'
• Understand how its guidelines should influence all areas of my professional life.
What development needs have I? To become familiar with the UK GDCs guidance on Standards
How will I address them? Read the GDCs Standards Handbook.
Take the Dentaljuce Standards For Dental Professionals module.
Target completion date
Outcomes • Gain knowledge and awareness of the document 'UK GDC Standards for Dental Professionals'
• Understand how its guidelines should influence all areas of my professional life.
Date completed


Module Aims and Outcomes   

Aim
The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding in regards to Professional Standards, in line with their identified personal learning requirements.

Module objective
• To present an overview of the requirements of the GDC's Standards Guidance document.

Anticipated learning outcomes:
The learner will:
• gain knowledge and awareness of the document ‘UK GDC Standards for Dental Professionals’
• understand how its guidelines should influence all areas of his or her professional life.
• through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.

GDC Principles
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC principles and the underlying standards:
• Principle 1: Put patients' interests first
• Principle 2: Communicate effectively with patients
• Principle 3: Obtain valid consent
• Principle 4: Maintain and protect patients' information
• Principle 5: Have a clear and effective complaints procedure
• Principle 6: Work with colleagues in a way that is in patients' best interests
• Principle 7: Maintain, develop and work within your professional knowledge and skills
• Principle 8: Raise concerns if patients are at risk
• Principle 9: Make sure your personal behaviour maintains patients' confidence in you and the dental profession

GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcomes:
• DO A. (Communication domain). Effective communication with patients, the dental team, and others across dentistry.
• DO B. (Management domain). Effective management of self and others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients at all times. Constructive leadership.
• DO D. (Professionalism domain) Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients' interests first.

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