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‘Life can be unpredictable’ – dental therapist calls for GDC changes

‘Life can be unpredictable’ – dental therapist calls for GDC changes

‘Life can be unpredictable’ – dental therapist calls for GDC changes

Dental therapist Ibrahim Numan discusses why change to GDC regulation is needed. In order to protect the profession and prevent unnecessary registration removals.

We all know how small the ‘dental world’ is. If you do not know someone who has been removed from the register for administrative issues such as late annual retention fee (ARF) payments or being a couple of hours short on their CPD, then I’m sure someone you know does.

Unfortunately for those individuals who are removed, the time scale to get back on the register and back to work can take a very long time.

When speaking to my colleagues and friends, or hearing of people’s experiences on social media outlets, the main concern seems to be the lack of communication and the time scale being so unpredictable.

The GDC’s CPD system is, in my opinion, fair and achievable. However, we must look at the bigger picture. Life can be unpredictable, and circumstances can change.

If we take the current cost-of-living crisis as an example, most dentists, dental therapists, and dental hygienists in the UK are self-employed. Being taken off the GDC register could result in no income for weeks. As well as cause a serious setback in both finances and mental health.

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I think Dentistry’s Saving Grace campaign, which calls for a mandatory grace period following both registration and CPD statement deadlines, is fair and reasonable and would benefit both parties. As mentioned above the procedure to get back on the register is time-consuming. As frustrating as this is for us dental professionals, I’m sure the GDC would also benefit from the time saved too.

Home and car insurance contracts, as well as mortgage payments with the bank, all offer a grace period. Banks and insurance companies offer this support because they are aware that life can be unpredictable, and circumstances change.

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