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GDC Scope of Practice

Click here to read the pdf: GDC Scope of Practice - September 2013

GDC and updated guidance on manufacturing custom made dental appliances

i) Reviewed by the GDC in Sept 2013;  ‘Guidance on commissioning and manufacturing dental appliances’ now green headers from GDC and effective Sept 2013  Link: http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Documents/Guidance%20on%20commissioning%20and%20manufacturing%20dental%20appliances%20(Sept%202013).pdf


ii) Note it clearly says. You must inform patients of the existence of the statement and offer them a copy. You must record whether or not they choose to take a copy of it. If the patient does not choose to take a copy of the statement, you must keep the statement for the lifetime of the device in case it is requested at a later date.”


iii) The FAQ’s for ‘The Custom Made Dental Devices GDC guidance document’ do not seem to have been updated yet (original March 2011).


iv) The GDC FAQ’s information about the statement of manufacture is given via this link: http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/Publications/Publications/Patients%20Med%20Devices_Layout%203.pdf



Revised CPD guidance available to download from the GDC website

All dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) are being encouraged to download the revised CPD guidance available from the GDC website from 30 September 2013.


The ‘Continuing Professional Development for Dental Professionals’ guidance has been revised read more...

to ensure it reflects the GDC’s new principles set out in Standards for the Dental Team. It also provides an opportunity to refresh the format and layout, and merge two former CPD booklets into one. The Guidance does not introduce any new CPD requirements for registrants. The guidance sets out the requirements in a straightforward way and is clear about what these requirements are in law. It also has useful advice and sets out the GDC’s CPD requirements firmly in the context of good quality dental practice and patient safety.


The GDC has also revised the information available about CPD on its website which is available at www.gdc-uk.org/dentalprofessionals/cpd to make it easier and quicker to navigate. A series of useful frequently asked questions is also available.


All registrants are encouraged to read the revised guidance and become familiar with it.

New body to lead the General Dental Council

The composition of a new 12 member body to lead the General Dental Council (GDC), the UK regulator of the dental profession, is announced today.  read more...


The appointments to the new Council, which will take up office in October 2013, have been approved by the Privy Council. It is made up of 6 lay and 6 dental professional members and includes individuals from each of the four countries of the UK. A member for Wales has not yet been appointed and a further campaign to recruit to this position will be launched as soon as possible.

Bill Moyes, the first appointed Chair of the GDC , said:


“I’m delighted to welcome the appointment of the new Council Members to the GDC. We had an excellent response with nearly 300 applicants who went through a robust selection process. The members appointed have impressive track records and will bring a wide range of skills to the GDC and I very much look forward to working with them.


The GDC plays a critical role in protecting patients and maintaining public confidence in dental regulation. The new Council will lead the GDC as it addresses the challenges facing regulation and will ensure it continues as a leader in healthcare regulation, trusted by the public and with the needs of patients at the heart of its activities.


The current Council steps down on the 30 September 2013 and I would like to thank Chair Kevin O’Brien and those existing Council Members who are departing for the invaluable service they have provided and their contribution to the GDC’s recent achievements.”


The GDC controls entry to the dental registers; assures the quality of dental education; sets standards of practice for dental professionals and investigates complaints from the public about lapses of standards.


The role of the Council is to provide strategic leadership to the GDC, working with the executive.

GDC approves 'Standards for the Dental Team'

The General Dental Council (GDC) has published its new ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ which will replace its current Standards Guidance.


All registrants have an individual responsibility to behave professionally and to follow the standards at all times.  


The new ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ was approved by Council in June and is now available to view on the GDC website at http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Standards/Pages/standards.aspx   read more...


Hard copies are being printed and will be sent to all dental professionals by the end of August 2013. 


‘Standards for the Dental Team’ will be effective from 30 September 2013. If a complaint is made about a registrant it is against the principles in this document that their behaviour/conduct will be measured.


Janet Collins, Head of Standards at the GDC, said:


“Developing ‘Standards for the Dental Team’ has been a lengthy and in-depth process. It’s involved research with patients, input from registrants through workshops, consultation, analysis and finally approval by Council. The aim of increased patient protection has been worth the hard work. The inclusion of patient expectations reaffirm the importance of putting patients’ interests first.”


‘Standards for the Dental Team’ contains nine principles. Each principle includes a set of patient expectations followed by standards and guidance which registrants must follow at all times.


‘Must’ and ‘should’ are used throughout the document and the GDC has made clear what those terms mean.


Other changes include:


• Standalone principles on communication and personal behaviour; • Greater emphasis on softer skills; and • New requirements to display indicative prices for treatment.


‘Standards for the Dental Team’ will be supplemented by a number of additional guidance documents which will be available to view online in September.”

Patients First and Foremost

The Initial Government Response to the Report of The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry


Click here to read the report (pdf - opens in new window)

BDTA Elects New President

Terry Porter, of The Dental Directory, based in Witham Essex, has been elected President of the British Dental Trade Association (BDTA). read more...


Terry Porter - BDTA PresidentTerry, IT Manager at The Dental Directory, brings over 30 years of dental trade experience to the position, and comments, “I am delighted to have been elected as the new President of the BDTA, and look forward to playing a significant role in assisting the development of the Association and to ensure that it is leading the industry from the front, while delivering the best possible services and initiatives for all our members”.


Terry adds, “I look forward to working closely with members, fellow Councillors and the Secretariat to represent the BDTA during my time in office”.


Terry was elected at the BDTA’s recent AGM held at Coombe Abbey in Coventry, and takes over from outgoing President, Simon Tucker of Medenta Finance. Mike Cann of Septodont was appointed as Vice- President, and Peter Gowers of Panadent re-elected as the Association’s Honorary Treasurer.

General Dental Council announces new Chair

William (“Bill”) Moyes has been appointed as Chair of the General Dental Council (GDC), following approval by the Privy Council.

Bill Moyes is the first appointed Chair of the GDC.  He will take up office on 1 October 2013 and will lead a newly constituted Council, reduced in size from 24 to 12. read more...


Mr Moyes currently holds non-executive directorships with the Office of Fair Trading, the Priory Hospital Group, and the Legal Services Board. He is a trustee of the Catholic Trust of England and Wales and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Heythrop College, a constituent college of the University of London.


He was previously Executive Chairman of Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts from 2004-2010 and Director General of the British Retail Consortium from 2000–2003.

Kevin O’Brien, the GDC’s current Chair, said:

  “I welcome the appointment of Bill Moyes whose wide experience, including that of healthcare regulation will be of great benefit to the GDC in meeting the challenges and changes ahead and continuing with our improvement programme.”


Bill Moyes said:

  “I very much look forward to working with GDC staff and a new Council to help deliver sound and effective regulation of dentistry for the protection of patients.”


Over the next two months Mr Moyes will be involved in the selection of the GDC’s eleven other Council members. Those appointed will be announced in July 2013 and the new Council will start its term of office on 1 October 2013.

BDTA Dental Showcase charity poll returns for 2013

After the huge success of last year’s charity poll, and the donation of £5,000 to dental charities, BDTA Dental Showcase is re-launching the charity poll for 2013. read more...


BDTA Charity Poll Returns for 2013Dentaid are delighted to have again been chosen, along with two other charities, to receive up to £10,000 – but we need your vote!  When on-line registrations reach 20,000, the BDTA will donate £5,000, shared out between the charities in accordance with your votes. When registrations reach 25,000, BDTA will add another £5,000 to be shared between them in the same way.

All you need to do is register for BDTA Dental Showcase, the largest event in the dental calendar, where members from every corner of dentistry gather to discover all the latest innovations and developments within the industry. Once registered, you’ll be given the chance to vote for your favourite charity to decide how the money is shared.


PLEASE VOTE FOR DENTAID!  Last year’s donation made a significant difference in the world of dentistry. We put the funds raised towards the Dentaid DentalBox - our portable dental surgery in a wheelie bin - which includes all the essential instruments and equipment for poor communities to gain access to vital pain-relieving care and live healthy, productive lives. The portable surgeries are currently being used in Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia and are proving to be highly effective in increasing access to oral health care in remote areas.

Working together for safer sharps (BDTA)

From 11th May all dental practices will have to ensure that they comply with The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 – this means that dental practices must avoid the unnecessary use of sharps. read more...


Where it is not possible avoid the use of medical sharps, the new law requires employers to use ‘safer sharps’ where it is reasonably practicable to do so. A ‘safer sharp’ is defined as one that incorporates features or mechanisms to prevent or minimise the risk of accidental injury.


The biggest issue in the dental sector is the use of syringes and practices will need to ensure that they have adopted safe procedures to comply with the legislation.


Members of the BDTA are happy to work with practices to help with compliance issues and BDTA Executive Director, Tony Reed, comments, ‘The dental supply chain is working hand in hand with dental teams to ensure that surgeries are able to fully meet the requirements of the new Sharp Instruments legislation.’


The industry can offer a range of compliant syringes and dental equipment and Reed adds, “A number of disposable needles and syringes, featuring safety devices to minimise the risk of needle stick injury are already available, with new designs under development”.


Manufacturers and suppliers have new single-use cartridge syringes specifically designed to overcome the risks, but they are not yet widely used in practice. One of the reasons for this may be cost, though trials have found that once the cost of the syringe and its sterilisation had been taken into account, disposable syringes and needles can actually provide a cheaper solution.

The Best Indemnity Package Just Got Better

The DTA Indemnity Insurance offers the widest cover at the most competitive cost. Simply its the best package on the market. Obviously we are bias but possibly with good reason.


The Limit of Indemnity has been increased to £4,000,000 from the 1st May without additional cost read more...


Give me 10 good reasons for choosing the DTA Indemnity Package:

  • Cover          £4,000,000 for £39 per year
  • Its 4 policies in 1. Professional Indemnity, Public & Products Liability and Legal Expenses including Tax and VAT investigation
  • It covers representation and defence costs in GDC Disciplinary Hearing
  • It covers the consequences of past work undertaken.
  • Not extra premium to pay after you stop work e.g. retirement , maternity . Unlike most other Policies it is not necessary to continue to buy additional cover after you stop work.
  • No Excess to pay in the event of a claim
  • Covers your potential liability arising shading consultations , advice supplied to Dentists , the supervision of process workers etc and the defence costs in GDC fitness to practice proceedings.
  • Do I need cover ? Can I rely upon my Employers cover. - What happens if you change job ? Will your employer continue to cover you ? If you change Employer it is likely that you will lose the benefit of cover for past work undertaken?
  • The DTA believes that all Technicians should have their own cover FULLY PORTABLE to ensure that their professional responsibility and potential liability is covered whoever you may be working for.
  • Simply its the best package on the market


What does the DTA receive from this Policy?

We receive no commission. The benefit is knowing we are making available to our members the Best Policies at the Best Possible Price.

Transition to Independent Practice - call for information

The General Dental Council (GDC) would like to hear what you think about the period of time when dental professionals are new to the register and begin working in practice....read more...


As part of its primary role protecting patients, the GDC is carrying out an information gathering exercise to investigate whether there are risks to patient safety in the transition from qualifying and first registration to fully unsupervised practice in the UK. This is both for dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs).


Please find attached a letter inviting you to submit evidence and views on the risks to patient safety during the transition period from graduation. You can access the questionnaire here https://response.questback.com/thegeneraldentalcouncil/y25l1luvy4/ to set out your evidence and views.


We are keen to hear from as many people as possible on this important piece of work and if you know of any other groups or organisations that might be interested, please feel free to forward it on.


Please read the covering letter here


The deadline is Monday 3rd June 2013.




The General Dental Council is here to make sure patients get the best standards of care and that the public can be confident that the profession is being properly regulated. By law all dental professionals - dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists - must be registered with us to work in the UK read more...


The principle duties of dental technicians are described in our Scope of Practice guidance. For example they

can plan and make a range of custom-made dental devices according to a prescription. A dental technician

carries out this entire process from start to finish and is expected to use their professional judgement

throughout. In essence the dental technician has the ultimate responsibility for the product, including its quality

and safety. They will be held accountable by us should concerns be raised.


The GDC defines a process or laboratory worker as a person who does a particular part of that manufacturing

process but does not see it through from beginning to end. A process or laboratory worker does not necessarily

need GDC registration but they are not legally allowed to carry out the duties of a dental technician.


Put simply:

Dental technicians need to register with the GDC as they oversee the entire process and are

accountable for their work


Process workers do not need to register with the GDC as they have limited duties and are working under

the supervision of a registered dental technician


Student dental technicians who are employed by a laboratory or practice and enrolled on training course leading

to registration which has yet to start can be defined as ‘in training’. Technicians who are employed by a

laboratory or practice with a view to enrolling on a training course for which enrolment has not yet opened can

also be defined as ‘in training’.


In both these cases:

a. Before the student dental technician undertakes any duties in the laboratory or practice he or she must

receive an appropriate induction, which must include confidentiality and health and safety in the practice and

immunisation (if appropriate, e.g. in a clinical setting);


b. The student dental technician must keep a log book of the training they receive in the laboratory practice.

A named supervising registrant must take responsibility for supervising a student dental technician. By

undertaking this responsibility, the supervising registrant agrees to be accountable for the work of the student

dental technician.


We recognise that there are many different roles in a lab but the GDC hopes that the guidance on our website

www.gdc-uk.org and the statement above helps explain our viewpoint. We are also happy to talk to anyone who

would like their, or a dental colleague’s, situation clarified. We can be contacted on 0845 222 4141.



GDC successful at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court

The UK regulator of dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted a non-registrant for illegally practising dentistry and a clinic for carrying on the business of dentistry. read more...


By law all dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK. This is to ensure only appropriately qualified and skilled dental professionals are part of the dental team looking after patients.


On Thursday 21 March 2013 Mr Gavin Empson appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to the offence of unlawfully practising dentistry he also appeared as the Director of New Smile Denture Clinic and pleaded guilty to carrying on the business of dentistry.


This is contrary to section 38 (1) and (2) and Section 43 (1) and (3) of the Dentists Act 1984 respectively.

Mr Empson was fined £250 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. He was also ordered to pay GDC costs in the sum of £1,000.


New Smile Denture Clinic was fined £1000 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. The clinic was also ordered to pay GDC costs in the sum of £1,250.


The case was brought after an investigation found that Mr Empson was operating a denture clinic in Doncaster without being a registered dental technician.

Ashley Berrow receives national accolade

Ashley Berrow - a Lecturer at Sheffield College has received a national accolade for his services to the dental technology industry.

Ashley Berrow award L to R: Jeff Lewis and Ashley Berrow


He teaches orthodontics as part of the BTEC Dental Technology Extended Diploma course at Sheffield City College's dental technology laboratory.


This month he was selected to receive a fellowship of the Orthodontic Technicians Association.


The award, announced at their annual conference on March 2 to 4, was given to Ashley for being a long serving member for 30 years.


He said: "Dental technology is an appealing and creative subject. Despite the economy, dental technicians are in strong demand. There's a real shortage of skilled staff, so job prospects are very good.


"People are very aware of the work of dentists, who are the visible tip of the iceberg. Dental technicians are the mass underneath. They do a lot of the work behind the scenes."

The Dentistry Show acquires the Dental Technology Show and forms partnership with Dental Laboratories Association

DLA announces Dentistry Show’s three-year sponsorship of DAMAS and British Bite Mark schemes CloserStill Media is proud to announce the acquisition of the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) to run in partnership with the Dental Laboratories Association, alongside the annual Dentistry Show event at the Birmingham NEC from 2014 [28 February - 1 March]


The collaboration also sees the start of a three-year agreement in which the Dentistry Show will become headline sponsor of the DLA’s DAMAS and British Bite Mark programmes.


Commenting on the decision to sell DTS to the Dentistry Show organisers CloserStill Media, DLA President Barbara Hibbert commented: read more...

 ‘Like many organisations in the dental industry, we have admired the creative and fresh approach, and the rapid success, of the Dentistry Show and its organisers.


“We are very proud of the DTS but we feel we have taken the event as far as we can with our limited resources in-house. The sale of DTS to CloserStill allows us to concentrate and focus on delivering services and benefits for our members and increasing the DLA’s influence in the industry over the next decade.  We are excited about our partnership with the Dentistry Show team who we are confident will develop and scale DTS significantly over the coming years and take it to the next level for the benefit of our members and the wider dental community.


“The DLA’s collaboration with CloserStill and the Dentistry Show team will mean that we will continue to be very much involved in DTS, representing the interests of our members and ensuring the show continues to be successful and grows in stature and scale. Under the terms of our agreement, both members, and the association itself, will continue to benefit directly from the DTS on an on-going basis.”


Dentistry Show, Chris Brown, says: It is an honour to be given the responsibility of sustaining the important role that DTS plays within the UK dental laboratory market and for the DLA’s membership.


“We look forward to continuing the evolution of this well-supported event, with the backing and guidance of the DLA. Throughout our discussions with the DLA on this deal, it was evident from very early on just how much both parties are committed and excited about the opportunities and advantages to the profession brought about by staging the DTS and The Dentistry Show alongside one another,” said Brown.


“We are excited about creating an event that truly delivers for all stakeholders in dentistry and one that realises the synergy and interdependence of dental labs and dental practices.  We can’t wait to get started,” he added.   


Brown outlined just some of the benefits of the combination and co-location of The Dentistry Show and the Dentistry Technology Show from next year:  

  • Fostering stronger and closer relationships between dental practice teams and laboratories
  • The DTS will now be able to run annually - an increased frequency demanded by the accelerating rate of change in exciting new technologies
  • Allowing trade suppliers to meet both sides of the dental sector in one place
  • Allowing both dentists and labs to have access to developing, cutting-edge technologies via one major platform
  • Increased investment in high-quality technical and clinical lectures and CPD education content made available for lab owners, technicians and CDTs at the DTS - for free.
  • The 2014 DTS event will introduce “hands-on” technical training sessions for technicians as well as dentists and will also benefit from a dramatically expanded marketing campaign and a new VIP programme to attract senior buyers.
  • The DTS will retain its own distinct content and brand identity - with all the ingredients that make it so popular - but will run alongside a complementary event that will significantly expand the audience and the number of relevant suppliers, a “whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.”


DTS 2014 was previously scheduled to run at the Ricoh Arena from 16th -17th May, and will now take place alongside The Dentistry Show 2014 on 28th February and 1st March at the Birmingham NEC.

Indemnity Order Consultation

The Department of Health, on behalf of the four UK Health departments, has launched a consultation on legislation that would mean all regulated healthcare professionals have to hold indemnity or insurance to practise. The UK wide consultation will run from 22 February to 17 May 2013 on draft regulations on the requirement for all regulated healthcare professionals to hold an insurance or indemnity arrangement as a condition of their registration with the relevant regulatory body. read more...


The vast majority of regulated healthcare professionals are in receipt of cover by virtue of their employer’s liability, or via a professional body which offers an indemnity arrangement as a benefit of membership.


It will be for individual healthcare professionals to assure themselves that appropriate cover is in place for all the work they undertake. Unless healthcare professionals can demonstrate that such arrangements are in place they will be unable to be registered as a healthcare professional and so be unable to practise. The consultation and supporting documents can be found at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/02/indemnity-i/

Survey to help Student

"I am currently doing my Masters in Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University under the supervision of Jeff Lewis. My final year project involves writing a journal article suitable for publishing. I have chosen to research issues surrounding study models and have devised an online survey which I would like to be answered by departments who currently use study models. The survey is live until the 22nd of March." E. Wrigley https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MKWJR2J

Dental Erosion Overlooked as a contributing factor in the worn dentition

The increasing prevalence of erosive tooth wear across all generations is often overlooked by general practitioners, according to a leading New Zealand dentist Dr Andrea Shepperson.


“Erosive tooth wear is a multifactorial condition of increasing concern to the clinician. The consequence is a worn dentition with an aetiology often labelled “bruxism” when the primary aetiology for wear may often be an acid source”, says Dr Shepperson.  


Click here to read the full Press Release (pdf)

Park Cameras add new Dental Photography course to their extensive training portfolio

Park Cameras, one of the UK’s leading independent photographic retailers today announces the addition of a new Dental Photography course to their extensive training portfolio


The course is aimed at dental practitioners looking to capture high quality clinical images.


Click here for full information (pdf)

Colgate DCP Research Awards in partnership with The Oral & Dental Research Trust

Colgate and The Oral & Dental Research Trust are pleased to invite applications for the 2013 Colgate DCP Research Awards for research conducted by Dental Care Professionals (DCP).  read more...


A maximum of four awards, of up to £5000 each, will be made on the basis of an application for support of investigations of clinical relevance, particularly in the field of preventive care. Whilst the applicant must be a DCP, it is anticipated that a research team will be formed to include a mentor or supervisor with an established research record.


Applications should be received by Friday 18th January 2013


For full details click here (pdf)