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GDC CHANGES TO CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Evolve Consulting Group

The enhanced CPD scheme is starting on 1 January 2018 for dentists and 1 August 2018 for dental care professionals. Registrants risk removal from the register if they do not comply.

Enhanced continued professional development (ECPD)

The GDC has now published the enhanced CPD guidance document which is available on their website

Depending on your professional status, a minimum number of hours of verifiable CPD for each five-year cycle needs to be completed, as set out below.

Professional title Minimum hours of CPD per cycle
Dentists 100
Dental therapists 75
Dental hygienists 75
Orthodontic therapists 75
Clinical dental technicians 75
Dental nurses 50
Dental technicians 50

All registrants must also ensure that they declare at least 10 hours during any 2-year period, regardless of how many hours they have done during their cycle.​​

  • A Personal Development Plan (PDP) must be completed by 31 December 2017, available for future inspection by the GDC
  • All CPD must be linked to one of four ‘development outcomes’, a new GDC metric
  • You must submit a CPD statement every year as part of your annual renewal
  • There is no more need to record non-verifiable CPD from 1 January 2018
  • You must keep a log of CPD undertaken throughout the year.

For those in mid-cycle, the GDC have produced an online tool to help manage your CPD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit a CPD statement every year?

​Yes, it is a mandatory requirement to submit a CPD statement every year as part of your annual renewal. A statement must be made even if you have not undertaken any CPD hours. Failure to do so may put your registration at risk.

What is a Personal Development Plan?

​ A personal development plan must be created for each CPD cycle. A personal development plan specifies the areas of CPD you propose to undertake over the course of your cycle. It should be created at the start of your cycle but can be adapted throughout your cycle as your needs change.

Do I need to do any non-verifiable CPD?

​There is no mandatory requirement to inform the GDC of any non-verifiable CPD completed under the enhanced CPD scheme. However, if you are part way through your CPD cycle and transitioning to the enhanced CPD scheme, you will still be required to declare a pro-rata amount of non-verifiable CPD for those years that fell under the old CPD rules.

Will the GDC be quality assuring CPD?

​No. The GDC does not have the power to quality assure CPD.

I haven’t completed enough hours over my 5 year CPD cycle, can I have an extension?

If the minimum CPD requirement have not been completed. A request for a cycle extension can be submitted in writing 6 months before the end of the cycle.

For any further queries regarding a extension possibilities, please contact the CPD team at the GDC on +44 (0)20 7167 6000 or via email at CPD@gdc-uk.org

What do I need to keep for my written record?

​You need to keep a written record of:

  • a personal development plan which details all the CPD you plan to undertake, which is created from the beginning of your cycle but which can be adapted throughout your cycle as your needs change;
  • a log of the CPD you actually undertook- including the date it was undertaken and number of hours gained from each CPD activity;
  • the evidence (e.g. certificate) you gained from the providers for each CPD activity;
  • the development outcomes mapped against all planned and completed CPD activities

 What is the difference between a CPD statement and a CPD record?

A CPD statement is a declaration that you are required to submit each year to confirm that you have met the requirements set out in the CPD rules.

To ensure compliance your statement should confirm:

  • The number of verifiable CPD hours undertaken in that year, or if you have done no hours in that year, then confirm you have done zero hours;
  • A CPD record;
  • The CPD undertaken is relevant to your field of practice;
  • That the information you have provided is full and accurate.

A CPD record is the documentary evidence demonstrating each item of CPD you have undertaken. This comprises a personal development plan and log of all CPD activity you complete. You only need to show us your CPD record if we specifically ask you for it.

Your CPD record should contain:

  • a personal development plan which details all the CPD you plan to undertake, the development outcomes that you aim to meet and timeframe for completing the CPD. This should be created at the start of your cycle and adapted throughout your cycle as your needs change,
  • a log of the CPD you undertook- including the date it was undertaken, number of hours gained from each CPD activity
  • the evidence (e.g. certificate) you gained from the providers for each CPD activity
  • the development outcomes mapped against all planned and completed CPD activity.

 What do I need to give to the GDC and when?

For each year of your cycle, you must declare to the GDC that you have completed your CPD requirements for that year. You can do this by logging on to eGDC at any time of the year and making your annual CPD statement.

When your registration year has ended and the declaration period is closed for that year, you will not be able to amend your CPD statement for that year.

In the final year of your cycle, your annual statement must include:

  • The total number of hours of CPD you have undertaken in your five year cycle;
  • Confirmation that the CPD you completed was relevant to each field of practice you worked in for the five year period.
  • What if I am on maternity leave? Will this change my CPD requirement?
  • ​If you are on maternity leave and wish to remain registered, you will still need to meet your CPD requirements. This means you must fulfil all the requirements under the enhanced CPD scheme.

You do not need to physically submit your CPD record unless you are asked to. You may be asked to submit if you are non-compliant or for an audit.

For specific queries, or to book CPD courses for yourself or your practice, contact us. 

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