Fitness to practise learning

What can you learn from the fitness to practise process?

You can make positive changes to your practice and dental services by reflecting on the insights and trends identified from the fitness to practise process.

Here you will find our new learning tools designed to help you understand the types of fitness to practise concerns raised and the different issues represented. We provide details of what happened following the initial assessment and the reasons for our actions. These insights will help you to reflect on your own practice and to learn from the experience of others.

We have produced three publications:

  • Cases opened following initial assessment: Q4 2018.
  • Cases closed following initial assessment: Q4 2018.
  • Spotlight on antibiotic prescribing: Q4 2018.

This work forms part of our efforts to shift the balance of our activities upstream, that is, before things go wrong, to realise our statutory objectives of:

  • Protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of the public.
  • Promoting and maintaining public confidence in the dental professions.
  • Promoting and maintaining proper professional standards and conduct for members of those professions.

Further details on the initial assessment stage of the fitness to practise process can be found below. The figure shows the inital assessment process and the referral routes used in the processing of concerns when they are received. The frequently asked questions provide the details and legislative framework for the initial assessment process. 

This is our first release of this type of analysis of fitness to practise concerns, so we are interested to hear what you think. We would be grateful if you could take the time to provide us with some feedback on the content and presentation of these publications, using our online form.

Please take the time to read, consider and share these insights with your colleagues and dental teams. Most importantly, please think about any adjustments you might make that could improve the quality of care and services that provided by you and your dental team.


Figure 1: Summary of the initial assessment process

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