Taking a career break

If you are planning on taking a career break from dentistry, it is important to keep up to date with the changes that will take place while you are away from practice and to maintain your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as required by the General Dental Council (GDC). Clinical techniques, best practice, standards, regulations etc. are changing and evolving more rapidly than ever.

CPD is about keeping your knowledge and skills as a dental professional up to date. CPD contributes to improved patient care and ensures thet dentists have the tools we need to meet and maintain high professional standards. Lifelong learning, through CPD, is at the heart of what it means to be a dental professional.

CPD is a compulsory part of registration with the GDC. The requirement to do CPD is not based on your employment status. If you are unable to comply with the CPD requirementyou may be removed from the Register. If you have been removed from the Register, you will not be able to practise dentistry legally in the UK. However, if you are removed from the Register, you can apply for restoration once you are compliant with CPD requirements.

What is the minimum CPD requirement?

The 50 hour minimum CPD requirements in each year of your 5 year CPD cycle cover three essential subjects:

  1. Medical emergencies including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – at least 10 hours in every 5 year CPD cycle and should be carried out annually
  2. Infection control including disinfection and decontamination – at least 5 hours in every 5 year CPD cycle
  3. Radiography and radiation protection – at least 5 hours in every 5 year cycle.
What is the enhanced CPD requirement for dentists?

Under the Enhanced CPD Scheme 2018 dentists need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of verifiable CPD every five years. You must also ensure that you complete at least 10 hours of verifiable CPD during any two-year period.

What is the enhanced CPD requirement for dental care professionals (DCPs)?

Under the Enhanced CPD Scheme 2018 dental nurses and dental technicians need to complete a minimum of 50 hours of verifiable CPD every five years. Dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians need to complete a minimum of 75 hours of verifiable CPD. You must also ensure that you complete at least 10 hours of verifiable CPD during any two-year period.

Further information about CPD