The General Dental Council is flagging up the July deadline to all dental care professionals (DCPs) who have to report the number of CPD hours they’ve completed since last year.
The GDC estimates that 47,000 DCPs will have completed the first year of their CPD cycle. This covers everyone who registered with the Council before 30 July 2008.
Any DCP who registered after this date won’t have to fill in a return form until August 2010.
A spokesperson said: ‘We’re trying to make the CPD return as easy as possible. As well as paper forms which you will be sent and can return to us, this year we are launching an alternative service to enable professionals to fill in their details quickly and accurately online. If you need advice about this, you will be able to use a special telephone helpline and email advice service.’
Letters explaining the process in more detail are being sent out in the first week of August.
Professionals are also expected to maintain their own records, with certificates to prove they have completed verifiable CPD activity.
This is important as the GDC carries out audits at the end of each five-year cycle.
GDC registration development manager Sarah Arnold said: ‘We’re frequently asked for advice about how best to complete continuing professional development. It’s important to remember you don’t have to pay out for expensive courses. You can use team activities you organise yourself for example. If you can’t find events near you, you can also explore online courses.
‘Our website – www.gdc-uk.org – has lots of information about the kinds of activities which count towards CPD. It’s also got examples of a recording form and a verifiable activity certificate you can take a look at.’
Professionals can contact the GDC with any questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the customer advice and information team on +44 (0) 845 222 414.