General Dental Council
The General Dental Council (GDC) is a United Kingdom organisation which regulates all dental professionals in the country. Established in 1956 by an amendment to the Dentists Act 1948, now updated in the Dentists Act 1984, it keeps an up-to-date register of all qualified dentists and other dental care professionals such as: dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental nurses, dental technicians and clinical dental technicians. It aims to protect the general public from unqualified dental professionals.
The General Dental Council’s mission statement is:
- To protect patients
- To promote confidence in dental professionals
- To be at the forefront of health care regulation
The GDC is tasked with ensuring that all dental professionals maintain up to date knowledge, controlling the quality of dental education in the country, ensuring a proper quality of care is given to the patients, and helping any patient who has questions or complaints. It is meant to act as a bridge of communication between the government, public and the dental professionals.
The Council was originally set up in 1956 with 50 members but is now a smaller, restructured Council. On 1 October 2009, a smaller fully appointed Council took office with 24 members and a balance of 12 lay and 12 professional. Qualified dentist Kevin O’Brien was elected Chair of the GDC on 21 September 2011.
In 2013 the Council was restructured again. In-line with most other healthcare regulators it now has a much smaller Council of just 12 members, 6 lay and 6 dental professionals. This new Council took office on 1 October 2013. The Council is led by the first appointed Chair of the GDC, Bill Moyes. Mr Moyes currently holds non-executive directorships with the Office of Fair Trading, the Priory Hospital Group, and the Legal Services Board. He is a trustee of the Catholic Trust of England and Wales and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Heythrop College, a constituent college of the University of London.
He was previously Executive Chairman of Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts from 2004-2010 and Director General of the British Retail Consortium from 2000–2003.
Overseas Registration Exam
The Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) is administered by the GDC, and is designed to test the knowledge, skills and professionalism of candidates against the standard expected of graduate dentists on first registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). This means that UK graduates and overseas dentists are expected to have the same basic level of knowledge and skills.
The ORE has two parts which must be taken – and passed – in order. The purpose of Part 1 is to test the candidates’ application of knowledge to clinical practice and Part 2 is designed for candidates to demonstrate practical clinical skills.
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