President's Blog - December 2017
Welcome to the December blog. I cannot believe that we are in December already – Christmas is less than four weeks away and 2018 is rapidly approaching!
General Dental Council Extraordinary Dental Professional Forum
Last month, I attended an extraordinary (additional) meeting of the Dental Professional Forum. The Dental Professional Forum is a six monthly meeting of representatives of professional bodies with an interest in dental regulation. This meeting was an additional meeting dedicated to the GDC's current review of its fitness to practise processes.
As you may know, the GDC are currently working to improve the waythey investigate complaints about dental professionals' fitness to practise (FtP). This work began last July and formed animportantpart of theirShifting the Balancestrategy document and Patients, Professionals, Partners, Performance roadmap for 2016-2019.
The GDC have been working with the DTA and otherprofessional bodies and individual dental professionals in focus groups to determine what good complaint handling looks like. If you would like to submit yourideas for improving FtPprocesses the GDC would like to hear from you. Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the words "end-to-end review" in the subject heading by 31 January 2018.
General Dental Council to move around 90 jobs to Birmingham
In other GDC-related news, the regulator has recently decided to move some of their operational functions. While the GDC's headquarters will remain in London's Wimpole Street, approximately 90 roles directly affecting the registration teams and some operational support services will move to Birmingham. GDC staff are not all located at theirheadquartersand the regulator concluded that the estate should be streamlineddue to probable central London costs. The main considerations for the new site were the availability of relevant skills and the ability of staff to work and travel between offices. Numerouslocations were considered but Birmingham generally fared best. The move is expected to begin at the end of next year and conclude in 2019. In addition, the Dental Complaints Service will move from Croydon to Wimpole Street in summer 2018.
The Department of Health publish consultation on health professional regulation.
The Department of Health (DoH) have stated that the model for healthcare professional regulation in the UK needs to be updated to better protect patients, support health services and assist the workforce in meeting future challenges. Better and more responsive healthcare professional regulation is a shared ambition for both the regulators and all 4 UK governments. The DoHhavepublished a consultation on the reforms that are needed to help maximise public protection while also supporting workforce development. The proposals aim to design a flexible model of professional regulation that secures public trust, nurtures professionalism and improves clinical practice, while also being adaptable to future healthcare developments.
If you would like to find out more and give your views please visit:
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year for 2018.