President's Blog - October 2017
GDC launches consultation on Fitness to Practise operational change
On 7 September, the GDC launcheda six-week consultation outlining proposals for an operational change to shorten and streamlinethe case observations process, which is part of the Fitness to Practise (FtP) process. Currently, during the case observations stage, the GDC will always contact the registrant for their observations on an allegation. Once the registrant has responded the GDC will – in all cases – return to the informant who made the complaint, and ask for their response to the registrant's observations. Usually, comments provided by informants at this stage offer no new information and tend to repeat the information first submitted as part of their concern.
The proposed change would be to only invite observations from registrants in all cases. Informants will be invited to comment on the registrant's response if the GDC Caseworker determines that it is necessary. The Caseworker will need to be satisfied that both the registrant and the informant have been given reasonable opportunity to comment and are unlikely to offer any new and relevant information. If this change is adopted, the GDC will update their internal guidance to make clear those situations in which seeking informant observations is appropriate and likely to yield new information or where the informant's direct experience of the events is particularly relevant.
To take part in this consultation, please visit this online survey: https://gdc.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/case-observations
Launch of the new BSDHT office
On 14 September I attended the opening of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy's (BSDHT) impressive new offices in Rugby, Warwickshire. It's good to see a fellow DCP professional body going from strength to strength and I'd like to thank the BSDHT team for their kind invitation.
The following day I attended the Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) Conference and AGM in Manchester. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate former DTA council member Andrea Johnson on her election as the new chair of the association.
The end of September was a busy time for the DTA Council.
On 29th September I attended a meeting to plan next year's issues of The Technologist. Principally we looked at how we can ensure that the journal's CPD element meets the new GDC enhanced CPD criteria. We also discussed ways in which we can mark TT's tenth anniversary next year. Watch this space!
The following day I chaired the DTA Council Meeting. A key part of the discussion related to succession planning. In the last year many of our longer term council members have retired so we are looking for more of our members to get involved. If you think you would like tobecome part of the DTA management team why not find out more and attend the next council meeting as an observer? If you think you may be interested please get in touch – 01452 886366 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DTA Fellowship for Sue Adams
For me, the highlight of the meeting was awarding DTA Chief Executive Sue Adams with the Fellowship of the Dental Technologists Association.Sue has now been involved with DTA for 25 years after becoming registrar of the Dental Technicians Education and Training Advisory (DTETAB) in 1992. In the years that followed DTETAB became the DTA, a professional representative body for all dental technicians.
Much of DTA's success has been because of Sue and we are extremely fortunate and thankful to have had her stewardship, commitment and expertise for a quarter of a century.