The GDC tells us that it is important to keep your knowledge and skills for dental nursing up to date to ensure that you are able to provide care that meets the professional standards required for your qualification. For this reason, CPD is something that you are required to do for as long as you intend to hold your GDC registration.
Continuous Professional Development is undertaken through courses, lectures, training days, hands-on clinical training/workshops, clinical audits, attending conferences and e-learning. They are quantified by number of hours of learning.
The rules are different depending on when your CPD cycle started.
On the previous 2008-2017 CPD Scheme it worked as follows:
– Dental Nurses must complete at least 150 hours of CPD every 5 years.
– At least 50 of these hours need to be ‘verifiable’ CPD
– Verifiable CPD is an activity for which there is documentary evidence that one has undertaken the CPD (eg. a certificate from the CPD organiser)