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GDC recruits Fitness to Practise panel

The General Dental Council (GDC) is looking to recruit 65 new Fitness to Practise (FtP) panel members to help in its public protection role

Advertisements outlining the formal application process will appear in the national and dental trade press in February 2013 to attract applications from dentists, dental care professionals (DCPs) and lay people.

Fitness to Practise panel members play a vital role in the GDC’s work to protect patients and raise standards in dentistry. The GDC has the power to take action by either removing or restricting a dental professional’s registration if they fall short of the high standards expected.

Panel members sit in public hearings and consider cases where a registrant’s fitness to practise may be impaired due to their health, conduct or performance.

The GDC is looking for 15 dentists, 25 DCPs and 25 lay members.

This is a great learning and development opportunity for both lay people and dental professionals who are interested in the proportionate and fair regulation of the dental profession, and also a challenging and interesting role which makes a difference for both the public and dental professionals.

A number of existing members have shared their experiences of going through the application process and of being panellists – http://www.gdc-uk.org/Aboutus/Workingforus/Pages/FTP-panel-case-studies.aspx

The recruitment process is being led by the GDC’s Appointments Committee which ensures the independence of the panellists from the Council.

More details can be found on the GDC website.

To register your interest in these roles please email Katrina.paget@gatenbysanderson.com.

The details of anyone who contacted csecretary@gdc-uk.org earlier this year to express an interest have been passed on.

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