Council introduces working group

The General Dental Council has set up a new working group to look at how best to assess overseas (non-EEA) dental care professionals’ suitability for UK registration.

The Overseas DCPs Registration Working Group aims to establish assessments for clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists who do not have a UK or recognised European qualification and who wish to apply for registration to work in the UK.

The members of the working group are:
• Mabel Slater (chair, GDC DCP council member)
• David Murphy (GDC lay council member)
• Denis Toppin (GDC dentist council member)
• Gordon Miles (GDC executive)
• Amanda Little (GDC DCP policy leader).

The group is consulting a wide range of stakeholders through a variety of methods to gain views related to all six categories of DCP registrants. The first step in the consultation process – a ‘call for ideas’ – will run throughout November.

The group aims to implement new routes to registration for overseas DCPs in 2008.

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