The General Dental Council (GDC) is reminding dentists that there are now only six months until the end of the ‘transitional period’ for joining the Special Care Dentistry list.
The list first opened on 1 October 2008 and the transitional period will close on 30 September 2010.
After this date, UK applicants will need to hold a Certificate of Completion in Specialist Training to join the list.
Registered dentists can currently apply to join the list on the basis of the relevant specialist training, qualifications and experience they have acquired to date.
Special care dentistry is concerned with improving the oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability, or a combination of these. In particular, this area of dentistry focuses on adults and adolescents requiring special care.
Since the list opened in October 2008, 119 dentists have joined it.
But the GDC is encouraging other appropriately trained, qualified and experienced dentists who wish to join the list to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays or missing the deadline of the transitional period on 30 September.
Dentists wishing to join the list can download an application pack from the GDC website www.gdc-uk.org or contact the GDC registration team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 020 7344 3741.