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GDC Registration and Continuing Professional Development

Once qualified, you would be required to keep your skills and knowledge up to date through a programme of continuous professional development. You can also improve your career prospects by taking further qualifications in subjects such as oral health education, dental sedation nursing and dental anaesthetic nursing. If you would like information on additional qualifications please follow this link..

Dental Nurse Registration with the GDC; this link to the GDC website will give you further information

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing Professional Development is simply a method of ensuring that you achieve the right abilities to do your job and maintain/enhance your expertise.  It embraces everything that you do to improve your job performance and your 'lifelong employability’.

CPD hours required; you will need to have 150 hours of CPD in any 5 year period. There are certain courses which the GDC have stated are compulsory; Medical Emergencies and CPR, Infection Control and

50 of these will need to be ‘verified’. This means that when you have attended a course/study day, there are clear educational objectives for the purpose of the day. You will be able to leave feedback via an evaluation sheet or questionnaire and you will leave with a Certificate of Attendance as proof.

The remaining 100 hours can be ‘general’ or ‘non- verifiable’. These are the hours you may spend reading journals, researching on-line, or doing in-house training. This must be recorded as well as the verifiable hours. For FAQ and full explanations on CPD Click on this link to the GDC Website and using the search box write ‘CPD’ and enter.

‘Failure to comply with the CPD hours will result in your facing removal from the register. This means you will not be able to work as a DCP anywhere in the UK’

Click here for a PDF template to record your hours.

The Oxford & Wessex Dental School run a comprehensive Continuing Professional Development programme for dental teams and specific CPD course programmes for dental nurses.

To view courses and book online, visit the Dental School's course booking facilities. Courses are available in Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke Oxford and surrounding areas, the Isle of Wight.

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