Professionalism at Courses

It has come to our attention that there have been some instances of unprofessional behaviour on courses provided by the Health Education West Midlands Postgraduate Dental Team.

This has included attendees repeatedly arriving late for courses, talking during a presentation and general disruption during the course for the other delegates.

As stated in the GDC standards you have an individual responsibility to behave professionally and follow these principles at all times.  GDC Standard 9.1 states that registrants must ‘Ensure that your conduct, both at work and in your personal life, justifies patients’ trust in you and the public’s trust in the dental profession.’

Unprofessional behaviour at courses is not acceptable and may result in a delegate being restricted from attendance at future courses and possible referral to the GDC.  We understand that this behaviour is from the minority of delegates and the majority do behave in a professional manner.

West Midlands Course Information

All Dental CPD Courses commissioned by the Health Education West Midlands Dental Team are available to book through the online booking system via www.maxcourse.co.uk/wmsha. Please click here to access the user guide which will help you navigate through the online booking system for CPD courses in the West Midlands  

Who can attend a course?

The following courses arranged for the West Midlands are open to the following:

  • GDC registered Dentists
  • Dental Care Professional including Dental Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists, Dental Technicians, Practice Managers, Dental Receptionists and Dental Nurses and Therapists in Training.
  • Those working in the Salaried Primary Dental Care Services
  • Dentists on the Keeping in Touch Scheme (KITs)
  • Dentists who are completing or in the process of completing their ORE examination

Courses will be advertised through the online booking system. Charges may apply for catering and materials used on courses which will need to be paid on line at the time of booking. In order for attendance at courses to be validated and for a CPD certificate to be issued IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT DELEGATES SIGN IN AND OUT AT ALL COURSES ATTENDED.

What courses are available?

We offer a range of courses covering both Core and Recommended topics.

CPD for Dentists.

Dentists are required to complete 75 verifiable hours of CPD out of a total of 250 hours.

The Core topics as prescribed by the GDC are:

  • Medical Emergencies (at least 10 hours in every CPD cycle)
  • Radiography and Radiation Protection (at least 5 hours in every CPD cycle)
  • Disinfection and Decontamination (at least 5 hours in every CPD cycle)

GDC Recommended topics are:

  • Legal and Ethical issues
  • Complaints Handling
  • Oral Cancer Early Detection
  • Safeguarding Awareness (child protection & vulnerable adults)

CPD for DCPs

DCPs are required to complete 50 verifiable hours of CPD out of a total of 150 hours:

 The Core topics as prescribed by the GDC are:

  • Medical Emergencies (at least 10 hours per CPD cycle)
  • Disinfection and Decontamination (at least 5 hours per CPD cycle)
  • Radiography and Radiation Protection (at least 5 hours per CPD cycle)

DENTAL TECHNICIANS: Instead of radiography and radiation protection, you can substitute materials and equipment (at least five hours in every cycle), as the application of radiography is not covered in the curriculum for dental technicians. We recommend that you carry out CPD in the other core verifiable CPD subjects

GDC Recommended topics are:

  • Legal and Ethical issues
  • Complaints Handling
  • Oral Cancer Early Detection
  • Safeguarding Awareness (child protection & vulnerable adults) 

DCP’s who are involved in taking radiographs must complete, as part of their core CPD at least 5 hours per CPD cycle of the IRMER compliant radiation course (core of knowledge). DCP’s not involved in taking radiographs can attend radiation updates (core topic) instead.

 

CPD for dental professionals: FAQs on GDC website

The GDC has recently updated the CPD FAQs  page on the GDC website by adding a new Q&A in relation to documentary evidence for verifiable CPD.  (The final question in the first block)
Please note all the FAQs and feel free to share throughout your networks.

 

Together with the GDC’s guidance on CPD for dental professionals, the CPD FAQs page of the GDC’s website provides a range of information about our requirements for continuing professional development.  We have also recently published an advice sheet on  Quality Controls for Verifiable CPD .

 

All information about the GDC’s requirements for Continuing Professional Development can be found at: http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/CPD/Pages/default.aspx

 

Online Course Booking System

Please click here to view and book onto all postgraduate dental courses in the West Midlands

Please click here to access the user guide which will help you navigate through the online booking system for CPD courses in the West Midlands