‘Time and cost’ impact on CPD learning

A GDC survey reveals that online learning is generally the preferred learning style of more than half of all GDC registrants.

The GDC published the findings of its recent survey today (Tuesday) which explored what registrants, stakeholders and providers think about mandatory continuing professional development.
Key findings include:
· Online learning is generally the preferred learning style of over half of all GDC registrants
· Dental technicians find it least easy to identify the right CPD for them
· 27% of all registrants have never had an appraisal in their current workplace
· Dental nurses and dental technicians say they find it less easy to be motivated to do CPD
· 65% of all registrants generally do CPD outside of working hours
· Time and cost are perceived as the greatest barriers to undertaking CPD
· 85% of registrants feel they understand the GDC’s current CPD requirements
· 26% of registrants want the GDC to be more prescriptive about CPD requirements in the future.
The GDC introduced compulsory CPD for dentists in 2002 and for dental care professionals (DCPs) in 2008.

The current requirements for both registrant categories have been in place since 2008 and the GDC felt the time was right to undertake a review.
The full survey can be on the GDC’s website – www.gdc-uk.org.
The findings of the survey will feed into the on-going review of CPD.

Throughout 2012, work will continue with an event for stakeholders in April, development of a CPD model, extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation. 
Any new CPD requirements will not be introduced before 2013.
General comments about CPD can be sent to [email protected]

Almost 6,000 registrants responded to the online survey which was carried out by ERS: Research on behalf of the GDC as part of its wider review of CPD requirements.

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