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CPD requirements explained: are you on track?

9 April 2019

CPD requirements explained: are you on track?

Dental nurses wishing to maintain their registration must complete their Annual Renewal process each year by the 31st July. The Annual Renewal is made up of 3 steps:

1. Declare that you will have appropriate indemnity to the scope of your practise

2. Pay the Annual Retention Fee (£116)

3. Make a continuing Professional Development (CPD statement)

Although Annual Renewal will not open until June 2019, now is a good time to check that you have, or are on track, to fulfil your CPD requirements. Last year, the new Enhanced CPD scheme came into effect, which changed the way dental care professionals record their CPD. 

Enhanced CPD Scheme

Dental nurses and dental technicians will need to complete a minimum of 50 hours verifiable CPD per cycle; and dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists, clinical dental technicians will need to complete a minimum of 75 hours verifiable CPD per cycle. From August 2018, all dental care professionals will be moved on to the enhanced CPD scheme.

Dental nurses must complete at least 10 hours of their 50 hours every 2 years. 

The new scheme has been designed by the GDC so that dental professionals gain maximum benefit from the CPD activities that they choose to complete. The new enhanced CPD scheme will require dental professionals to reflect more on their professional needs, field of practices and their patients, so that CPD activities are meaningful and related to their job role.

What do you need to do for the Enhanced CPD Scheme?

1. Plan – A Personal Development Plan should be used to identify CPD needs which are relevant to an individual’s field of practice.

2. Do – Complete the identified CPD activities. Spread the CPD evenly across the cycle and ensure the CPD relates to the GDC development outcomes.

3. Reflect – Take some time to review and reflect the CPD activity undertaken. The reflection should ensure the CPD has met maintenance learning needs and relates to everyday work.

4. Record – Record all CPD activity which has been completed. The GDC may ask to audit an individual’s CPD at the end of a five-year cycle, so it is important to have paperwork such as PDP’s, CPD Certificates and CPD Log readily available.

GDC Development Outcomes

The GDC have designed four new development outcomes which relates to CPD and ‘The Standards of the Dental Team’.

Dental professionals are advised to ensure they understand these development outcomes and link them to all CPD activities throughout the cycle. The GDC recommends at least one development outcome to be linked per CPD activity.

CPD Topics/Type of CPD

The recommendation list given by the GDC for CPD topics are still very important; however, under these new regulations these topics are not compulsory and the GDC say that dental professionals should choose courses suited to their individual needs and field of practice.

The GDC recommends that choosing a diverse range of CPD activities during the planning stages. The CPD activities may include:

  • Course & Lectures
  • Clinical Audits
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • E-learning
  • Training Days

Reflective Learning

Under the new GDC Enhanced CPD Scheme, it is also a requirement to undertake ‘reflective learning’. The aim of reflective learning is to think about the outcome of the CPD activity and reflect upon how the CPD activity affects day to day work.

Annual CPD Statement

Dental professionals will be expected to make a declaration to the GDC at the end of each year with the following details:

  • The hours of CPD completed in the year
  • A declaration to say you have kept a record of all CPD
  • A declaration to say you have a PDP in place and
  • A statement outlining that the information you have provided is full and accurate


Healthcare Learning are offering NEBDN alumni a heavily discunted annual subscription to 400 hours of verifiable CPD for just £30* (+vat) per year. Use the code NEBDN2019 for unlimited access and downloadable CPD certificates to all content which covers all the GDC's highly recommended and recommended subjects, including:

  • Safeguarding
  • Infection Control and Decontamination
  • Radiography and Radiation
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Communications
  • Complaints
  • Oral Cancer

This offer expires on 31st July, so don't miss out, register NOW!

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