CPD Requirements for Dentists

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:

250 hours of CPD over every five-year cycle. At least 75 of the 250 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.

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

The following portions are contained within the Northern Ireland Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) 2016-2017:

SDR DETERMINATION VIII – CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ALLOWANCES DEFINITIONS Part I (1) states:
“CPD” means verifiable continuing professional development, as described in the General Dental Council’s publication of April 2000 called “Lifelong Learning – Taking Dentistry Forward”, and may include attendance at approved postgraduate education courses but does not include any clinical audit activities within the meaning of paragraph 31E of Schedule 2(a) to the GDS Regulations in respect of which he is claiming an allowance in accordance with Determination X;

“approved postgraduate course” means a course approved by the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency;

“year” means the period beginning on 1 April in one year and ending on 31 March in the following year.

Please note:

Course approval is granted by the Postgraduate Dental Dean or her Advisors on her behalf. All NIMDTA courses are automatically approved. Approval for all other courses/lectures/events/workshops should be sought before the date of the event. For quality assurance reasons retrospective approval cannot be granted.

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