CPD Requirements for DCPs

The GDC define CPD as ‘study, training, courses, seminars, reading and other activities undertaken by a dental professional, which could reasonably be expected to advance his or her professional development as a dental professional’.

By law, if you are a dental professional, you must do and keep records of the required hours as stated below: 

150 hours of CPD over every five-year cycle. At least 50 of the 150 hours that you do in every five-year cycle must be verifiable CPD.

The purpose of CPD is to provide high-quality care.  It is very important that the CPD you do reflects the needs of patients and is relevant to your practice.  You should use a Personal Development Plan so that you and the patients you care for benefit as much as possible from your CPD.
Personal development plans allow you to identify your learning needs, prioritise them, and set a plan for meeting each need and for assessing learning activities afterwards.

A template for a Personal Development Plan is available below:

CPD Activities

Activities which could count as CPD include:

  • courses and lectures
  • in-house team training
  • study days
  • educational parts of professional meetings
  • peer review and clinical audit
  • distance learning
  • multimedia learning (for example, web-based learning and using a CD-ROM)
  • staff training in the practice or laboratory
  • going to educational workshops at conferences
  • reading journals
  • private study

Changes to Continuing Professional Development

Information in relation to Enhanced CPD can be found at https://www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd


FAQs relating to CPD are also available on the GDC website.

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