GDC gets thumbs up from health watchdog

The General Dental Council (GDC) is a highly effective and well managed regulator with a consistent focus on public protection and a commitment to continuous improvement.

That’s the view of healthcare regulator watchdog the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) in its review of the GDC, released today.

The GDC welcomed the review and said it was pleased its work in protecting the public had been recognised by the CHRE.

‘We welcome the scrutiny that the review process provides and the opportunity for us to demonstrate accountability. I’m delighted the results show we are on the right track,’ GDC President Hew Mathewson said.

‘The GDC has implemented some major changes over the past couple of years to enhance patient protection. We’ve introduced registration for some 40,000 dental nurses and dental technicians and other professionals, enhanced our fitness to practise procedures, launched the Dental Complaints Service and rolled out continuing professional development requirements to the whole dental team,’ he added.

‘We are not complacent though. The report highlights some areas where we need to improve, and I’m pleased to say we have already started work on them. We have an ambitious work plan which includes launching a system for regularly ‘revalidating’ dental professionals (we’re on track to run pilots next year), continuing to drive down the time we take to deal with fitness to practise cases, and streamlining our registration processes.

‘Our goal is to offer a better and more efficient and service to all those who contact us. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead,’ Mr Mathewson concluded.

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