New plans to be published to improve regulation
for patients and dental professionals
10 January 2017
General Dental Council (GDC) will shortly outline initiatives to make the
current system of regulation better for patients and fairer for dental
professionals by shifting the balance of activity onto
part of a series of wide-ranging proposals to improve dental regulation.
plans – expected to be published on 26 January – cover work that is already under way as well
as new proposals. They are intended to ensure we are putting patient safety at
the heart of everything we do and that the public has confidence in dental
services. Making it work will need everyone – the dental profession itself,
regulators, educators and the many other organisations and individuals involved
– to play their part.
plans place greater emphasis on supporting and empowering the profession, for
example, through education and learning. The intention is for the regulatory
system to work better to stop things going wrong, rather than reacting after
harm has been done.
will mean changing our relationship with the dental team to one of greater collaboration
to achieve common goals such as embedding the Standards that promote learning
and support dental professionals during their entire career.
It will also
mean being clearer about when the GDC will use its formal enforcement powers to
manage serious risk to patients. Our aim is to do so only when dental
professionals put patients at serious risk or damage public confidence in dentistry.
Moyes, Chair of the General Dental Council (GDC), said: “The current model of
dental professional regulation has become outdated, cumbersome and inefficient.
much of our activity is focused on responding to harm. While such enforcement
action is sometimes necessary, we should focus our efforts on supporting dental
professionals to prevent that harm from occurring in the first place.
refocusing our efforts and changing the way we do things, we can make the
system better for patients and fairer for dental professionals, strengthen
public confidence in the profession and minimise the level of enforcement
action required by the GDC.
providing dental professionals with the information and tools they need to meet
and maintain high professional standards, it is hoped the GDC will have a more constructive
relationship with the professions which it regulates.”
Brack, Chief Executive of the GDC said: “We have been engaging with the
profession and stakeholders over the past year, and now it is time to deliver
professional dental regulation which is fit for the world we live in.
absolutely cannot do this alone which is why are seeking the support and participation
from the profession, our partners and patients.
is probably our most significant proposal in a generation so I encourage you to
respond to our plans when they are published later this month.”
need to improve our collection, analysis and use of information, data and
intelligence. This will involve working with our partners and the profession to
understand what it tells us and what the solutions are to emerging problems for
balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation will be
published on 26 January.
For further information, please contact the
media team on 020 7167 6330 or [email protected]
Further details of the plan will be sent out a week
before publication date on 19 January