Enhanced Continuing Professional Development

Changes have been made to the requirements for the number of hours required in a CPD cycle. There will no longer be a need to record non-verifiable CPD however many registrants will now have to do more verifiable CPD: 


All registrants will be required in law to make an annual declaration of the hours they have undertaken (up to now, the declaration was a recommended procedure). The most straightforward way to do this will be through the GDC website.

Another new requirement is that registrants will not be able make declarations of zero hours in two consecutive years. And in any two consecutive years a minimum of ten hours will have to be done. So, if you make a declaration of zero hours in one year, you must do at least 10 hours the following year. 

CPD log

All registrants will be required to keep a formal log of the CPD done. It should list the date, title and number of hours done; it will also have to say which of the four formal GDC learning outcomes it relates to.

These outcomes are defined by the GDC and cover:

A – Communication. This relates to effective communication with patients, team members and others such as NHS officials, suppliers or academics. It might include consent, dealing with complaints or whistleblowing

B – Management. This covers how you manage your own work and your interaction with colleagues whether as a team leader or team member. Learning should focus on how management can be effective, constructive and put the interests of patients first.

C – Knowledge. Ensuring that you maintain and develop your knowledge and related skills within your field of practice.

D – Skills. Maintaining your skills and how you show this to patients so that they have confidence in your work and the profession at large. 

Your log will have to list the relevant letter or letters for the outcome A-D that your CPD covered. The CPD courses provided here will detail which of these outcomes are relevant.

Personal development plan

The use of the personal development plan (PDP) is now a formal, mandatory requirement. PDPs are intended allow you to plan what you want to cover in your CPD in a more formal way and to allow you to reflect on what you have learned.  Registrants are responsible for the creation and implementation of their own PDPs.

As part of the renewal process, each registrant will make a formal declaration that they are using a PDP, though there will be no requirement to send in the PDP as part of registration renewal. It may however, be required for audit purposes at some stage. An important part of the PDP is reflection. This is a requirement of many registrable and post-registration qualifications already and is being carried on throughout your careers. You will be asked to reflect on what you have learned through your CPD activities. This will include how, if at all, you have changed your practice as a result. There are no official “rules” about reflection, but the more you do think about what you have experience, the more beneficial it will be to your development.

CPD cycle

Your CPD cycle stays the same. DCPS who finish the current CPD cycle in July 2018 simply started on the new scheme on 1 August 2018. Any DCPs who are at other stages of their cycle are now part of a transition scheme whereby the declaration they will have to do at the end of their five years will be for some hours undertaken in the old scheme and some in the new. 

There are still the same recommended core subjects, many of which are required to comply with other requirements – for example rules on medical emergencies, radiological protection or safeguarding. For further information on the new Enhanced CPD please visit the General Dental Council website.

Continuing Professional Development courses

We have developed CPD courses which meet specific requirements – please ensure that the courses are relevant to your current level of experience and knowledge before undertaking them.

Conscious Sedation in Dentistry

this course is a 4 hour CPD programme designed for dental nurses who are qualified in, and working within, a Dental Sedation environment. The course aims to update and remind dental nurses of their roles and responsibilities. This course is NOT a qualification in dental sedation and is not suitable for nurses who do not hold a recognised qualification in this area. This course meets the GDC outcomes A, C and D.

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Radiation Protection

this course is a 5 hour CPD programme designed for dental care professionals who are qualified in, and working with , dental radiography. This course aims to update and remind DCPS of their roles and responsibilities with regard to radiation safety. This course is NOT a qualification in Dental Radiography and is not suitable for DCPS who do not hold a recognised qualification in this subject. This course meets the GDC outcomes A, C and D.

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Both courses are activated on receipt of payment and allow a maximum time of 14 days for completion.