In a move to strengthen patient protection, registration with the GDC is now compulsory for all members of the dental team\. Dental nurses and dental technicians must ensure they are registered by 30 July 2008.
The GDC urges dental nurses and dental technicians who haven’t yet registered with the GDC to do so now.
The GDC will be accepting completed application forms right up to the last moment, but is urging those eligible for registration to apply before then.
GDC President Hew Mathewson says: ‘We have put huge effort into ensuring that no-one misses out on their opportunity to register.
‘The so-called transitional arrangements recognise that many dental nurses and dental technicians are experienced and confident thanks to doing their jobs well over a long time. But we cannot hold the door open for ever.
The GDC have registered literally thousands of dental nurses and dental technicians over the last few months, and feel it would be a terrible shame if there were any who were eligible to apply on the basis of experience, but failed to do so.
From 31 July 2008, dental nurses and dental technicians won’t be able to register with the GDC unless they have a current recognised qualification.
Dental nurses and dental technicians who are in training don’t need to register with the GDC until they have finished their studies, but they will then need to register right away. Dental nurses and dental technicians are ‘in training’ if they are on a course leading to a registrable qualification or enrolled on a course that has yet to start.
Current registrants need to take action to ensure their team colleagues are registered. Working with unregistered colleagues after the 30 July deadline could put their own registration at risk.
For more information on registration, call 0845 300 7794 (UK local rate) or email GDCregistration@gdc-uk.org. Registration application packs are available on this website.
The registration fee is £96 and will cover dental nurses and dental technicians up to July 2009.