GDC Recommended Topics

To help and support you in your CPD choices, the GDC has identified some CPD topics that will relate to many dental professionals in their field of practice. These are highly recommended to do as part of the minimum verifiable CPD requirement:

  • Medical Emergencies

    At least ten hours in every CPD cycle: At least two hours of CPD is recommended in every year.

  • Disinfection and Decontamination

    At least five hours is recommended in every CPD cycle.

  • Radiography and radiation protection

    At least five hours is recommended in every CPD cycle. This applies only to those who undertake radiography.

KEEP UP TO DATE

The GDC also recommend that you keep up to date by doing CPD in the following areas:

Legal and ethical issues

Complaints handling

Oral Cancer: Early detection

Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding vulnerable adults

The GDC make these recommendations because they believe regularly keeping up to date in these topics contributes to patient safety.

Current Verifiable CPD Courses
(New CPD is regularly added throughout the year)

SubjectAimsObjectivesGDC Development Outcome(s)Learning Content (Reading Material)
Enhanced Continuing Professional DevelopmentTo provide guidance on The General Dental Council’s (GDC) Enhanced Continuing Professional Development (ECPD) Scheme.Understand the General Dental Council’s ECPD requirements; understand the importance of CPD; know the role of the GDC; identify the General Dental Council’s Learning Development Outcomes;understand the importance of personal development planning to ensure that CPD is matched to the needs of the individual to improve professional practice;identify the GDC recommended CPD subject areas; and, pass an on-line assessment.B,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will enable you to understand the current General Dental Council (GDC) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and be aware of the enhanced CPD requirements.
Personal Development PlanTo provide step by step guidance on producing a Personal Development Plan (PDP)Understand the GDC requirements of using a PDP in Enhanced Continuing Professional Development; know how to carry out a SWOT analysis; demonstrate the ability to align SMART goals to PDP planning; be able to produce a PDP to meet individual learning needs; and, pass an on-line assessment.B,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you knowledge on how to build your Personal Development Plan to meet part of your professional requirements as a registered Dental Care Professional.
Alcohol Consumption: UK Guidance and the Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Oral HealthTo give an overview on the extent of the problem of alcohol misuse; give an overview on the potential effects of alcohol misuse on oral health; and, identify how dental professionals can play a supportive role in identifying and advising drinkers.Identify the extent of the problem of alcohol misuse; identify how many units of alcohol are in certain drinks; identify the upper safe limits of alcohol for men and women; recognise potential impacts of alcohol misuse on oral cancer, periodontal disease and tooth surface loss; be able to identify a tool which can be used to identify drinkers; identify some statistics on how drinking habits may have changed during the current COVID-19 pandemic; know how and when to direct patients to somewhere they can get advice on alcohol consumption; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your understanding of the Guidelines on alcohol consumption and the potential effect of alcohol misuse on oral health. Update published November 2020. Next review November 2022.
An Introduction to Facial AestheticsTo provide an overview of foundation level insight of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers to provide dental professionals with a basic understanding and to answer patient questions regarding cosmetic procedures and assistance during treatments.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Define Dermal Fillers; identify the different facial aesthetic treatments available; understand the side effects associated with each treatment; understand what dental professionals can do with appropriate training; understand the role of professionals in cosmetic procedures; identify the importance of record keeping; know the role of prescribers; and, pass an online assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you a foundation level insight of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. Published November 2020. Next review due November 2022.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Improving the Dental Experience for Children with ASDTo provide the dental care professional with an overview of Autism and Asperger syndrome and strategies to improve the treatment of such patients in the dental surgery.Identify the prevalence of ASD; identify the three main areas of difficulty that individuals with ASD may experience; recognise the parts of the dental experience that patients with ASD may find difficult; have an awareness that the changes to practice procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic may be distressing for the patient and this needs to be managed; be able to apply strategies to improve the dental care experience of the patient with ASD; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will enable you to improve your management of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Update published September 2020. Next review September 2022.
Complaints Handling: Best Practice for Complaints Handling in Dental PracticeTo provide an understanding of how to reduce the risk of complaints in the dental surgery and to introduce the General Dental Council’s six core universal principles of best practice in handling complaints.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Identify the meaning of a complaint; know the General Dental Council’s six core universal principles for best practice in handling complaints; identify the current regulations regarding complaints; recognise potential causes of patient dissatisfaction and what outcomes a complainant may be looking for; identify the responsibility of the dental professional in handling complaints; recognise measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of complaints; demonstrate knowledge of good practice in basic communication skills; identify the key aspects of a clear and effective complaints procedure; identify where to send patients for help and advice regarding NHS and private complaints if a satisfactory solution cannot be reached within the dental practice; and, pass an on line assessment.A Completion of this verifiable CPD article will update your knowledge on Complaints Handling and will introduce you to the 6 core principles of best practice relating to the handling of complaints. Update published January 2020. Next review January 2021.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies in DentistryTo review the complementary and alternative therapies of acupuncture, acupressure and hypnosis and their potential benefit to the patient in dentistry.To be able to demonstrate knowledge of three different complementary therapies that can be used in dentistry; identify some of the uses of these complementary therapies in dentistry; identify some of the limitations of these complementary therapies in dentistry; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD will increase your knowledge of some of the complementary and alternative therapies in dentistry.Published March 2019. Next review due March 2021.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 04/06/2020To provide information about Coronavirus (COVID 19) and advice available for the public and guidance available for dental professionals to prepare for a return to practice. This article is correct at the date of publication 04/06/2020.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of an online questionnaire, the ability to: Define coronavirus; identify the symptoms of COVID-19; identify the current knowledge on how COVID-19 is spread; identify ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; have knowledge of the current update from the Chief Dental Officer; have knowledge of and know where to access the current guidance from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners; know how to access information on the latest Personal Protective Equipment and infection control measures; have knowledge of where to access the guidance for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the reopening of dental practices; and, have knowledge of the guidance relationship to the UK alert levels 1-5.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of the available information about Coronavirus (COVID 19) and advice available for the public and for dental professionals. Update Published June 2020.
Dental Health Considerations for Oral PiercingsTo provide the participant with information to update their knowledge of the complications that are associated with oral piercings.To identify some of the adverse oral complications of oral piercings; to identify some of the adverse systemic complications of oral piercings; to have knowledge of the advice that could be offered to a patient experiencing complications following an oral piercing; to have knowledge of advice that can be provided to a patient with oral piercings for home care; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD will increase your knowledge of dental health considerations for oral piercings. Published March 2019. Update due March 2021.
Dental Management of the Anxious PatientTo review the signs, symptoms and aetiology of dental anxiety; to review the most common dental anxiety assessment scale and to explore the different ways to manage the anxious patient in the dental practice.To be able to identify some of the causes of dental anxiety; recognise some of the signs and symptoms a patient may display if they are anxious; identify some of the different scales used to identify the anxious patient; develop an understanding of the modified dental anxiety scale and identify a variety of strategies that can be utilised in the management of a patient’s dental anxiety; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD will increase your knowledge of the management of the anxious patient in the dental practice. Published March 2019. Update due April 2021
Disinfection and Decontamination: Blood-Borne Viruses- Minimising the Risk of Occupational ExposureTo explain blood-borne viruses, the risks of occupational exposure and how to minimise the risks.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Define blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and identify the importance of this in dental practice; identify some of the blood-borne viruses that dental professionals may be subjected to; understand the term “Standard Precautions.”; know the 5 major types of viral hepatitis and the relative infectivity after an occupational exposure; know the relative infectivity of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) after an occupational exposure; understand how blood-borne viruses may be transmitted; understand that SARS-CoV-2 is a novel virus and that there are a lot of scientific uncertainties about the virus, including whether it is a blood-borne pathogen. Identify which immunisations are required for dental staff; identify the importance of PPE and the changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic; demonstrate knowledge of how to manage a sharps injury; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge BBVs and how to reduce the risk of occupational exposure. Updated September 2020. Next review due September 2021.
Disinfection and Decontamination: EQR & Best Practice for PPE, Instrument Decon & Surface CleaningTo refresh the dental professional’s knowledge of disinfection and decontamination guidelines and how to apply them to practice.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Demonstrate knowledge of HTM 01-05; understand the different roles and responsibilities in disinfection and decontamination; understand the difference between Essential Quality Requirements and Best Practice; demonstrate an understanding of PPE; demonstrate knowledge of waste disposal; demonstrate an understanding of instrument decontamination and the decontamination cycle including the use of ultrasonic baths, washer-disinfectors and sterilisers; know how to store and package instruments; know the definition of sterilisation and disinfection; demonstrate knowledge of surface cleaning; and, demonstrate knowledge of disinfection and decontamination guidelines relevant to all areas of the UK.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of disinfection and decontamination guidelines. Published October 2019. Next review December 2020
Disinfection and Decontamination Hand Hygiene in Dental Practice in the Context of COVID-19To give an overview of the importance of hand hygiene in dental practice.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to:know the functions of skin; know the difference between transient and resident flora and which of these may be responsible in the transmission of infection; know which principle of the Health and Social Care Act 2009 (Regulated Activities) hand hygiene falls under; have knowledge of the ‘Hands.Face.Space’ public information campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic; understand the principles of hand hygiene; demonstrate knowledge of the equipment required for hand hygiene; understand the importance of hand care within hand hygiene; demonstrate knowledge of the correct hand hygiene technique, including the difference between hand rub and hand wash; know what needs to be included within a hand hygiene policy; know the aim of the WHO annual campaign, Save Lives: Clean your hands in the Context of COVID-19; and, pass an online assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will refresh your knowledge of hand hygiene in dental practice. Update published November 2020. Next review November 2021.
Disinfection Decontamination: Legionnaires and Managing Dental WaterlinesThis article aims to give an overview on Legionnaires disease and dental unit water asepsis.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to define what Legionella is and how it is transmitted; Identify the conditions in which legionella is more likely to thrive; Identify the risk factors for Legionnaires’ disease; Demonstrate knowledge of the signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease; Demonstrate knowledge of the responsibilities of the dental practice; Know how to manage dental unit water lines; and, Pass an assessment, scoring over 70%.C Completion of this article will give you an understanding of Legionella and the importance of managing the dental unit waterlines in practice. Published September 2020. Next review September 2021.
Disinfection and Decontamination: Personal Protective Equipment and COVID-19To explain the importance and different types of PPE and their uses. To outline current PPE advice during the COVID-19 Pandemic.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Define Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); understand why PPE is necessary in the dental practice; identify the different types of PPE and their uses; identify the correct order for PPE removal; identify the guidance for donning and doffing PPE during the current COVID-19 Pandemic; know how to locate the latest guidance for PPE during the COVID-19 Pandemic; and, pass an on-line assessment.C,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will reinforce your knowledge on the importance of the correct PPE during the current COVD-19 Pandemic. Published September 2020. Next review September 2021.
Disinfection Decontamination: Safer SharpsTo give an overview of the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 which implements aspects of the European Council Directive 2010/32/EU (the sharps directive) that are not specifically addressed in existing GB legislation.To identify some of the risks from sharps injuries; demonstrate knowledge of what to do in the event of a sharps injury; demonstrate knowledge of safe management of sharps and identify the regulations relating to the Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013; and, pass an online assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of the use of safer sharps in dental practice. Update published March 2020. Next review March 2021.
Disinfection and Decontamination: The Decontamination Process for Dental InstrumentsTo give an overview of the processes involved in dental instrument decontamination using essential quality requirements and best practice recommendations.Be able to define what decontamination is; be able to distinguish between essential quality requirements and best practice recommendations relating to the decontamination of a dental instrument; be able to identify the decontamination processes of an instrument; be able to identify the methods of pre-cleaning and sterilisation used in general dental practice; be able to identify the limitations of manual cleaning prior to sterilisation and how it is performed; be able to demonstrate knowledge on the safe storage of instruments to prevent bacterial re-colonisation; be able to identify where to access additional information on decontamination in primary dental care practice; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will reinforce the processes involved in dental instrument decontamination using essential quality requirements and best practice recommendations contained within HTM 01-05 and other relevant documents relevant to other areas of the UK. Update published April 2020. Next review due April 2021.
Disinfection Decontamination: The Management of Waste in Dental PracticeTo provide information on waste management in dental practice.On completion of this verifiable CPD article, the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: identify some of the various types of waste produced in a dental practice; identify the regulations regarding dealing with waste in dental practice; be able to identify changes to waste management during the COVID-19 Pandemic, be able to identify which storage containers are suitable for each type of waste produced in a dental practice; demonstrate knowledge of the documents required regarding waste; and, complete an on-line assessment, scoring over 70%.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on the different types of waste produced in a dental practice hazardous and non-hazardous, how to segregate waste, how to manage waste during the COVID-19 pandemic, the documentation needed for waste and to provide information about disposing of the waste in line with current regulations. Published July 2020. Update due July 2021.
Enhancing Communication with Your PatientsTo outline two models of communication and how to apply them to practice and to outline Principle Two of the GDC Standards for the Dental Team.Identify an early model of communication; demonstrate knowledge of Principle 2 of the GDC Standards; identify the ego states of Transactional Analysis; identify which ego state should be aimed for during communication with patients; know how to apply the methods and theories of Neuro-Linguistic Programming to practice; know how to demonstrate active listening skills in order to build rapport with patients; use effective communication techniques to encourage patients to be partners in their care; and, pass an on-line assessment.A Completion of this verifiable CPD article will enable you to understand two models of communication and how to apply them to practice. You will also understand Principle Two of the GDC Standards for the Dental Team which is to “communicate effectively with patients”. Published August 2018.
Equality and DiversityTo provide the dental professional with an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity in the dental practice.Know the definition of equality; know the definition of diversity; identify the laws surrounding equality and diversity; be able to identify the 9 protected characteristics and understand how to tailor care according to people’s individual needs; be able to recognise discrimination and identify risks of discrimination; know how to comply with the GDC Standards on equality and diversity; know how to comply with CQC regulation 10 and relevant key lines of enquiry; and, pass an on-line assessment, scoring more than 70%.A,B,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on equality and diversity in the dental practice. Update published April 2020. Next review due April 2021.
Evidence-Based Dentistry: Using Evidence-Based Practice to Raise the Standard of Patient CareTo provide the participant with a background knowledge of the importance of evidence-based practice and how to identify information that can be used to enhance clinical practice and patient care. To give the participant an outline of how to critically appraise literature.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: identify a definition of evidence-based practice; identify the importance of evidence-based practice; identify the General Dental Council’s view on evidence-based practice for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs); identify and be able to place research into the correct level in the hierarchy of evidence; identify some considerations when critically appraising literature; be able to use information on evidence-based practice to inform verifiable CPD choice; and, pass an on-line assessment.C,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of the importance of evidence-based practice and how to identify information that can be used to enhance clinical practice and patient care.Published July 2019. Next review July 2021.
Fire Safety in Dental Practice and the Role of the Fire MarshalThis article aims to discuss the current legislation relating to fire safety, fire safety risk assessment, causes of work place fires, fire fighting and the equipment and the role of the fire marshal.To demonstrate knowledge of the legislation relating to fire safety; identify elements within a Fire Safety Risk Assessment; demonstrate knowledge of what is included in an emergency plan; identify they ways a fire spreads; identify the different uses of fire extinguishers; demonstrate knowledge of the role of the fire marshal and pass an online assessment.B,C,D Completion of this article will raise your awareness of the current legislation relating to fire safety, fire safety risk assessment, causes of work place fires, fire fighting and the equipment and the role of the fire marshal.Update published February 2020. Next review February 2021.
Forensic Odontology: Using Dental Records as an Aid to Identify Human RemainsTo provide an overview of the history and methods utilised in forensic dentistry for human identification and the importance of accurate record keeping.Outline the history of forensic odontology; identify the importance in establishing the identity of the deceased; identify information that may be obtained through post-mortem dental examination which may aid in identification of the deceased; identify the importance of keeping accurate clinical records; know when to share dental records with regards to identifying the deceased; and, pass an on-line assessment, scoring more than 70%.C,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of the use of dental forensics in identifying the deceased. It will also highlight the importance of accurate clinical note taking. Re-published October 2020. Next review due October 2022.
Health & Safety in the Dental Practice & a Guide to Reducing the Risk of Covid-19 in the WorkplaceTo provide information about health and safety in dental practice and some of the legislation involved. To provide information about reducing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace.On completion of this verifiable CPD article, the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: identify legislation relating to health and safety in dental practice; have knowledge of the steps an employer should take to protect the employee with regard to health and safety; identify steps the employee is responsible for regarding health and safety in dental practice; have knowledge of what needs to be considered when undertaking a health and safety risk assessment; have knowledge of workplace facilities that should be in place to comply with health and safety legislation; and, identify responsibilities of the employer and employee regarding personal protective equipment.B,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge about health and safety in dental practice and how to reduce the risk of Covid-19 in the workplace. Published August 2020. Update due August 2021.
Legal and Ethical: Consent in Dental PracticeThis article will increase your knowledge of the importance of consent in dentistry, considering the relevant legislation and regulations; the validity of consent; stages of consent; and, the patients capacity to understand consent and recording consent contemporaneously.Be able to define consent and valid consent; identify some of the legislation and regulations that relate to consent; be able to identify some of the information a patient will need to give consent; have knowledge of things to consider when gaining consent from a patient;have knowledge of assessing the patient's ability to consent; have knowledge of when young people are able to give consent; and,complete a questionnaire, scoring more than 70%A,C This article gives an overview of importance of consent in dentistry. Republished May 2020. Update due May 2021.
Legal and Ethical: Information Governance in DentistryTo discuss the importance of Information Governance in Dental Practice and outline the key areas that need to be considered to have a consistent approach to information handling and ensure that the practice handles information in line with the relevant laws and meets the standards set out by the General Dental Council.Recognise the relevant law associated with IG; identify key points in the role of the IG Lead; identify important aspects of the IG Policy Document and key areas to consider for information security; demonstrate knowledge of the Caldicott Principles; demonstrate knowledge of good practice guidance and encryption for information security and confidentiality and incident management and reporting; and, pass an on-line assessment.B,C,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your understanding of Information Governance in Dental Practice and outline the key areas that need to be considered to have a consistent approach to information handling.Update published January 2020. Next review January 2021.
Legal and Ethical: The Data Protection Act and GDPR in Dental PracticeTo provide an understanding of the Data Protection Act 2018 and how to apply the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018 in dental practice.To be able to define Data Protection Act 2018 and identify the 12 steps that can be taken to comply with GDPR; demonstrate knowledge of the steps required to comply with GDPR; identify key points in gaining consent to meet GDPR compliance; identify the main principles of privacy and how to deal with a data breach; demonstrate knowledge of how a dental practice should show accountability with GDPR; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,C,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will provide an understanding of the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR in dental practice. Update published November 2020. Next review November 2021.
Legal and Ethical: The Importance of Maintaining Professionalism While Using Social MediaTo give an overview on the different types of social media and how to use them effectively whilst maintaining professional and ethical responsibilities as a dental care professional.On completion of this verifiable CPD article, the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Define social media and social media types; demonstrate knowledge of the most popular social media platforms; demonstrate an understanding of professionalism and ethics as they relate to the dental care professional’s online activities; demonstrate knowledge of the GDC’s regulations relating to the use of social media; list recommendations for protecting patient information and limiting the dental care professional’s liability when using social media; have knowledge of the Governments SHARE checklist to help stop the spread of harmful content about COVID-19; and, pass and online assessment.D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you an increased understanding of the different types of social media and how to use them effectively whilst maintaining professional and ethical responsibilities as a dental care professional. Update published July 2020. Next review due July 2022.
Manual Handling for the Dental TeamTo provide information about the responsibilities of employers to protect employees from risk of injury when undertaking manual handling tasks in the work place and to raise awareness for the dental team on the factors to be considered when performing manual handling tasks within the dental practice.Understand the legal legislation that an employer should consider for assessing, moving and handling risks; the points to consider when performing a risk assessment for manual handling tasks; be able to identify the stages of manual handling training in the workplace; understand a good handling technique for lifting and understand the relevant weight guidelines for lifting and lowering in women and men at different body heights; and, pass an on-line assessment.B Completion of this verifiable CPD article will enable you to understand the relevant legislation on manual handling and the importance of performing a risk assessment before undertaking any manual handling tasks. Published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Management of Patients with Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis (Cold Sores)To provide an overview on the causes, symptoms and treatment of patients who present with Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis (cold sores).On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Identify definitions of Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis; know the virus responsible for Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis; identify the causes, symptoms and treatments for Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis; understand the principles of providing Standard Precautions in infection prevention; be able to apply clinical knowledge in how best to treat/not to treat patients with Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis and identify the risks of providing dental treatment; know when to consider referral for further advice; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you an increased understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatment of patients who present with Primary Herpetic Gingivostomatitis and Herpes Labialis (cold sores). Published February 2020, next review February 2022.
Medical Emergencies: Anaphylaxis in Dental PracticeTo provide the dental professional with an understanding of anaphylaxis, the signs and symptoms and treatment of this medical emergency.Identify potential causes of anaphylaxis; identify signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis; identify medical conditions that may present in a similar way to anaphylaxis; have knowledge of the intramuscular adrenaline doses for the treatment of anaphylaxis; and, complete a questionnaire, scoring more than 70%C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will provide information on the cause, signs, symptoms and treatment of anaphylaxis. Republished May 2020. Update due May 2021.
Medical Emergencies: AsthmaTo give an overview of asthma including its aetiology, risk factors and prevalence; to give an overview of dental considerations that need to be taken into account when treating a patient who has asthma; and, to outline of how to manage a patient who has an asthma attack in the dental surgery.Identify the prevalence of asthma; identify the categories of asthma; identify some dental considerations that need to be taken into account when treating a patient who has asthma; identify the drugs that are used to treat and manage asthma; know how to deal with an acute asthma attack should one occur in the dental practice; and, pass an on-line assessment, scoring more than 70%.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on asthma and now to manage asthmatic patients in the dental surgery. Republished April 2020. Next Review due April 2021.
Medical Emergencies: Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)To give an overview of strokes including the aetiology, risk factors and prevalence. To give an outline of how to manage a patient with a suspected stroke in a medical emergency.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: identify the prevalence of strokes; identify two different types of stroke; identify the causes, signs, symptoms of a stroke; know the potential risk factors of a stroke; know how to deal with a medical emergency in the dental practice if a stroke is suspected including the differences in the CPR procedure during the COVID-19 Pandemic; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you an increased understanding of a Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke) and how to manage a stroke in a medical emergency. Published August 2020. Next review due August 2021.
Medical Emergencies: CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator COVID-19 UpdateTo describe the steps involved in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator. To provide an update from the Resuscitation Council on providing CPR during the Coronavirus pandemic.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Identify statistics relating to cardiac arrest in the UK; demonstrate knowledge of the Chain of Survival; be able to identify the steps and methods involved in cardiopulmonary resuscitation; know the importance of using an Automated External Defibrillator; be able to identify which are the shockable heart rhythms; know how to use an Automated External Defibrillator; know how to carry out basic life support; know the latest update from the Resuscitation Council regarding CPR during the current Coronavirus pandemic; know the training requirements in relation to medical emergencies; and, pass an online assessment, scoring more than 70%.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on how to carry out Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and use an Automated External Defibrillator and also make you aware of the recommendations when conducting CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to undertake hands on CPR and practise together regularly as part of a team. Published June 2020. Next review due June 2021.
Medical Emergencies: DiabetesTo give an overview of diabetes including its aetiology, risk factors and prevalence; to give an overview of dental considerations that need to be taken into account when treating a patient who has diabetes; to outline the contents of the emergency drug kit; and, to give an outline of how to manage a patient who has hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia in the dental surgery.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Identify the prevalence of diabetes; identify the different types of diabetes; identify the causes and signs, symptoms and complications of diabetes; identify some dental considerations that need to be taken into account when treating a patient who has diabetes; identify the drugs that are used to treat and manage diabetes; know the minimum recommended contents of the emergency drug kit; know how to deal with hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia in the dental practice; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you an increased understanding of Diabetes and the knowledge to deal with a diabetic medical emergency. Published May 2020. Next review May 2021.
Medical Emergencies: GDC Guidelines, Management of Anaphylaxis, Fainting, Hypoglycaemia and SeizuresTo discuss some of the guidelines provided by the General Dental Council (GDC) in respect of dental emergencies and the dental profession, and to give an overview on the symptoms and treatment of anaphylaxis, fainting, hypoglycaemia and seizures.Have knowledge of the guidelines provided by the GDC in respect of equipment and scope of practice; be able to identify the causes and symptoms of anaphylaxis, fainting, hypoglycaemia and seizures and be able to identify the drugs required from the emergency drugs kit for anaphylaxis, fainting, hypoglycaemia and seizures; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this CPD article will increase and refresh your understanding of the symptoms and treatment of anaphylaxis, fainting, hypoglycaemia, seizures and increase your knowledge of the GDC guidelines on medical emergencies. Update published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Medical Emergencies: GDC Standards and Guidance for the Dental Team and The Drugs KitTo provide information about the General Dental Council standards and guidance for medical emergencies for the dental team and to discuss the equipment and drugs required in dental practice as recommended by the Resuscitation Council UK and the British National formulary.Identify key points on the requirements of dental practices to meet the GDC guidance and standards in relation to medical emergencies; know the requirements of your role in the event of a medical emergency in dental practice; know the requirements of your practice protocol to deal with medical emergencies and be able to identify the recommended equipment and drugs that are the minimum requirement to deal with a medical emergency in dental practice; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will enable you to understand the General Dental Council standards and guidance for medical emergencies for the dental team and the equipment and drugs required in dental practice as recommended by the Resuscitation Council UK and the British National formulary. Update published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Medical Emergencies: The Chain of Survival and Basic Life Support (Updated 2020)This article will increase your knowledge of the 'Chain of Survival' in a medical emergency, basic life support, the use of an Automated Defibrillator and resuscitation of children and babies.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Identify the steps involved in the chain of survival; Identify some of the statistics provided in the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines 2015; Identify some of the steps involved in basic life support and Identify key differences between performing basic life support steps of an adult or child.C This article looks at the 'Chain of Survival' in a medical emergency, discusses basic life support, the use of an Automated Defibrillator and resuscitation of children and babies. Republished May 2020. Update due May 2021.
Medical Emergencies: The Heart, Anatomy and Patient ManagementThis article will give you an overview of the heart and its functions, the types of heart disease which may increase a patients’ risk of a medical emergency in the dental surgery and to discuss cardio pulmonary resuscitation procedures.Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy of the heart; identify the function of the heart; identify some types of heart disease; demonstrate knowledge of how to manage the patient with Angina in the dental surgery and demonstrate knowledge of how to deal with a cardiac arrest should one occur in the dental surgery; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of the heart and its functions and dealing with a medical emergency involving the heart. Update published February 2020. Next review February 2021.
Mental Capacity Act and Consent to TreatmentTo give an overview of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the implications to consenting to dental treatment.Demonstrate knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act (2005), The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016; identify who the MCA is designed to protect; identify the five principles of the MCA; know the two stage test of capacity; understand CQC Regulation 11: Need for Consent ; know the GDC standards relating to the patient’s ability to consent to treatment; know the principles of restraint; demonstrate knowledge of things to consider when deciding what is in an individual's best interests; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,D Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you an increased understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and its implications to dental practice. Update published January 2020. Next review January 2021.
Oral Cancer: Improving Early DetectionTo give an overview of the dental teams’ role in detecting the early signs of oral cancer, give the risk factors associated with oral cancer and to discuss some oral lesions which may indicate the need for a referral for further investigation.Recognise the role of the dental team in detecting the early signs of cancer or pre-cancer; identify patients that may be considered to be at an increased risk of oral cancer; identify the potential signs and symptoms of oral cancer; know the criteria for referral following the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines; and, pass an on-line assessment, scoring over 70%.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on oral cancer and the importance of early detection. Update published November 2019. Next review November 2020.
Oral Cancer (Mouth Cancer): Cancer of the TongueTo give an overview on lesions and common conditions affecting the tongue so that the participant can identify which may warrant referral for further investigation.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through the completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Demonstrate knowledge of tongue anatomy; identify statistics relating to cancer of the tongue; identify common conditions affecting the tongue and their causes; be able to identify which lesions may show signs of malignancy; know the stages and grading system for tongue cancer; know the National Institute of Care and Excellence guidelines on urgent head and neck cancer referral; and, pass an online assessment, scoring more than 70%C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will give you an increased understanding of lesions of the tongue and when to refer patients for further investigation. Published June 2020. Next review June 2021
Oral Care Considerations for the ElderlyTo discuss the management of the older patient in dental practice and highlight some of the issues associated with treating the older patient.To identify some of the barriers to oral health experienced by the older patient; identify some of the social factors that could influence access to dental care for the older patient; identify mucosal conditions that become more common with age; demonstrate an understanding of the increased risk of root caries in older age; demonstrate knowledge of managing prosthodontic care in the older patient; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD will increase your knowledge of the management of the older patient in dental practice. Published March 2019. Update due March 2021.
Periodontal Disease and Systemic HealthTo provide the dental professional with an understanding of the potential impact of periodontal disease on systemic health.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: Demonstrate an understanding of the original focal infection theory; demonstrate an understanding of the role of oral bacteraemia in systemic disease; demonstrate the ability to understand, and therefore be able to educate patients, on the potential link between gum disease and heart disease; pregnancy complications; diabetes; dementia; and, pulmonary disease; and, pass an on-line assessment, scoring more than 70%.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on the impact of periodontal disease on systemic health. Update published April 2020. Next review due April 2022.
Radiography and Radiation Protection: Dose and LegislationTo provide an overview of dental radiography dosage and dose limitation for patients and staff, as well as providing an update on current legislation relating to ionising radiation.Identify the doses of certain types of x-rays and be able to compare this with dental radiography; identify some of the changes detailed in the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017; demonstrate knowledge of some of the changes detailed in Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017; identify some of the current guidelines relating to dental radiography; know the difference between classified and non classified workers; identify methods of dose reduction; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will update you on the current UK legislation governing ionising radiation and also give you an overview of dental radiography dosage and dose limitation for patients and staff. Republished January 2020. This CPD will be reviewed and updated when the updated 2001 Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners are published. These were expected to be released 2019 but date still TBC.
Radiography: Digital Radiography and LegislationThis article aims to help you develop an understanding of the history of digital radiography, the different types of digital x-rays and the advantages and disadvantages of digital dental radiography, and to outline the legislation relating to ionising radiation in dental practice.To have knowledge of the difference between direct and indirect digital radiography; identify the two types of corded sensors used in digital radiography; identify the advantages and disadvantages of digital radiography; to be able to explain some of the requirements of the IRR2017 and IR(ME)R2017 regulations; and, to pass a multiple choice questionnaire, scoring higher than 70%C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of digital radiography and radiography legislation. Republished January 2019. This CPD will be reviewed and updated when the updated 2001 Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners are published. These were expected to be released 2019 but date still TBC.
Radiography History, Radiation Protection and Training RequirementsTo give an overview of the history of medical and dental radiographs; to give an overview on dose quantities and units of ionising radiation; to present the health risks associated with dental radiographs; and, to outline the legislation relating to ionising radiation.Demonstrate knowledge of the history of dental radiography; identify dose quantities and units practical to radiation protection in dentistry; identify the threshold dose on whole body exposure and localised exposure to x-radiation; demonstrate knowledge of the legislation relating to radiography and radiation protection; know the training requirements; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your understanding of dental radiography history and radiation protection. Republished January 2020. This CPD will be reviewed and updated when the updated 2001 Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners are published. These were expected to be released 2019 but date still TBC.
Radiography: Quality Assurance in Dental RadiographyThis article aims to give an overview on the importance of developing a Quality Assurance (QA) programme in respect of dental radiography in the dental practice.Identify the legislation relating to dental radiography; identify how the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will consider x-ray use when visiting dental practices; identify a definition of quality assurance in dental radiography; demonstrate an understanding of the main principle behind a quality assurance programme in dental radiography; demonstrate knowledge of some of the components of a quality assurance programme in dental radiography; and, pass an on-line assessment, scoring more than 70%.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on the importance of developing a Quality Assurance (QA) programme in respect of dental radiography in the dental practice. Republished June 2020. Next review due June 2021. This CPD will be reviewed and updated when the updated 2001 Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners are published. These were expected to be released 2019 but date still TBC.
Radiography: Risk Assessment and Dental RadiographyThis article aims to provide an overview of the steps that need to be considered when carrying out a risk assessment for dental radiography within a dental practice.To be able to list the five key steps to risk assessment; explain some of the requirements of the IRR2017 and IR(ME)R2017 regulations; identify the annual dose limits for staff working with ionising radiation, list some of the required information that should be kept in a practice radiation folder; and, complete an online assessment, scoring more than 70%C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge on risk assessments in respect of dental radiography. Republished June 2020. Next review June 2021.This CPD will be reviewed and updated when the updated 2001 Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners are published. These were expected to be released 2019 but date still TBC.
Recognising Eating Disorders and the Dental ImplicationsTo discuss the aetiology, classification, clinical features and risk factors for the most common eating disorders and explore the role that the dental team can play in the identification and management of patients with eating disorders.Be able to define eating disorders; demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa; the characteristics of Bulimia and the characteristics of Binge Eating Disorder; identify some of the less common eating disorders; identify some of the medical complications of eating disorders; identify some of the oral manifestations of eating disorders; demonstrate knowledge of how to approach discussing eating disorders with the patient; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your understanding of eating disorders and their dental implications. Published December 2019. Next review December 2021.
Safeguarding Level 1 Part 1 of 2: Definitions, Laws and Regulations Surrounding SafeguardingTo discuss the standards, regulations and laws surrounding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding level 1, part 2 must be completed to meet the full learning outcomes required at level 1.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to: Understand key definitions in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults; identify the regulations and legislation surrounding safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; understand mandatory reporting on FGM cases; know the safeguarding training requirements; recognise the importance of referring to the Intercollegiate Documents to ensure that the learning outcomes required for Safeguarding level 1 and/or level 2 have been met; know the GDC and CQC Standards for safeguarding; recognise how certain individuals or groups of children and vulnerable adults may be more vulnerable to abuse or neglect; have an awareness of the potential impact of a parent/carers physical and mental health on the well-being and development of a child or young person; and, pass an on-line assessment.A,D When completed with Part 2, this CPD will meet the learning outcomes required for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Level 1. Published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Safeguarding Level 1 Part 2 of 2: Recognising the Different Types of Abuse and How to Share ConcernsTo recognise how groups of professionals work together to safeguard children and vulnerable adults; to understand and recognise the different types of abuse; and, to understand what to do if you have a safeguarding concern. Safeguarding level 1, part 1 must be completed prior to meet the full outcomes required at level 1.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to: identify the different forms of abuse,including emotional; physical; sexual; discriminatory; financial; and, domestic abuse, neglect, forced marriage, modern slavery, county lines, radicalisation and cyber bullying; identify signs and symptoms of abuse; know the risks associated with the internet and online social networking; identify the importance of someone not being brought to a dental appointment; know the legal definitions of parental responsibility; understand the main principles of the Mental Capacity Act and the relevance and impact in adult safeguarding; know the role of the Safeguarding Practice Lead; know how to raise concerns about conduct of colleagues; know how to take appropriate action if there are safeguarding concerns; and, identify how to record and share relevant information appropriately with other teams.A,D When completed with Part 2, this CPD will meet the learning outcomes required for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Level 1. Published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Safeguarding Level 2 Part 1 of 3: Definitions, Laws and Regulations Surrounding SafeguardingTo discuss the standards, regulations and laws surrounding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding level 2, part 2 and 3 must be completed to meet the full learning outcomes required at level 2.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to: Understand key definitions in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults; identify the regulations and legislation surrounding safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; understand mandatory reporting on FGM cases; know the safeguarding training requirements; recognise the importance of referring to the Intercollegiate Documents to ensure that the learning outcomes required for safeguarding level 2 have been met; know the GDC and CQC Standards for safeguarding; recognise how certain individuals or groups of children and vulnerable adults may be more vulnerable to abuse or neglect; demonstrate knowledge of the Common Assessment Framework; and, have an awareness of the potential impact of a parent/carers physical and mental health on the well-being and development of a child or young person.A,D When completed with Part 2 and 3, this CPD will meet the learning outcomes required for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Level 2. Published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Safeguarding Level 2 Part 2 of 3: Recognising the Different Types of AbuseTo outline the different types of abuse and to make the dental professional aware of the possible indicators of such abuse, especially in relation to dental neglect. To outline the impact of abuse on child development and the effects of historical abuse. Safeguarding Level 2, part 1 and part 3 must completed to meet the full learning outcomes required at level 2.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able: Demonstrate knowledge on how child maltreatment can impact on child development; identify statistics relating to safeguarding; identify different forms and signs of abuse, to include emotional, physical, sexual, discriminatory, financial and domestic abuse, neglect, forced marriage, modern slavery and grooming, county lines, radicalisation, and, cyber bullying; know the risks associated with the internet and online social networking; identify the signs of dental neglect and recognise this as a safeguarding concern; and, identify the importance between someone not attending a dental appointment and someone not being brought to a dental appointment and how to record this.A,D When completed with Part 1 and 3, this CPD will meet the learning outcomes required for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Level 2. Published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Safeguarding Level 2 Part 3 of 3: The Importance of Multi Agency Working and How to Raise ConcernsTo recognise how groups of professionals work together to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and to understand what to do if you have a safeguarding concern. Safeguarding Level 2, parts 1 and 2 must be completed to meet the full learning outcomes required at level 2.On completion of this verifiable CPD article the participant will be able to: Understand the importance of Multi Agency working in Safeguarding; demonstrate an awareness of the principles of consent; understand the Caldicott principles of information sharing including the 7th principle: “The duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality.”; know the legal definitions of parental responsibility; understand the main principles of the Mental Capacity Act and the relevance and impact in adult safeguarding; Know the role of the Safeguarding Practice Lead; know how to raise concerns about conduct of colleagues and ‘whistleblowing’ procedures; know how to take appropriate action if there are safeguarding concerns; and, identify how to record and share relevant information appropriately with other teams, whilst being aware of data protection.A,D When completed with Part 1 and 2, this CPD will meet the learning outcomes required for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Level 2. Published December 2019. Next review December 2020.
Sedation TrainingTo provide information regarding sedation training for dental care professionals; the regulations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and, to discuss some aspects of the role of the DCP in dental sedation in practice.On completion of this verifiable CPD article, the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: identify the regulations related to the regulations for dental sedation in the UK; have knowledge of the training that dental care professionals need to undergo to become a sedation trained DCP and have knowledge of the role of the intravenous sedation trained DCP.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of sedation training for dental care professionals. Published August 2019. Update due August 2021.
Sepsis: Risk Factors, Symptoms and TreatmentTo give an overview of sepsis, the causes, the symptoms, the treatment and some of the toolkits available that may be useful in diagnosing sepsis in dental practice.Be able to define sepsis; identify some of the causes of sepsis; have knowledge of some of the symptoms of sepsis in different patient groups; know where to access useful sepsis toolkits to use in dental practice; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD will increase your knowledge of sepsis, the causes, the symptoms and awareness of sepsis in dental practice. Update published February 2020. Next review February 2021.
Smoking Cessation AdviceTo provide information on very brief advice on smoking in dental practice by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT).On completion of this verifiable CPD article, the participant will be able to demonstrate, through completion of a questionnaire, the ability to: demonstrate knowledge of how to approach giving very brief advice; identify some of the effects of smoking on oral health; identify some of the ways smoking cessation can improve oral health; and, have knowledge of Public Health England views on e-cigarettes as an aid to smoking cessation.C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your knowledge of how to give very brief advice on Smoking (VBA) which is a piece of advice that is designed to be used in less than 30 seconds in almost any situation with a smoker. Published July 2019. Update due July 2021.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health at Work (COSHH)This article aims to discuss the control of hazardous substances at work (COSHH), the responsibilities of the employer and employee which apply to the way you work with these substances and how the employer must comply with current legislation.To demonstrate knowledge of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended); identify who COSHH applies to; identify routes of exposure; to define what a WEL is;to demonstrate knowledge of the legislation relating to COSHH; to know some of the employers and employees’ responsibilities relating to COSHH; to demonstrate knowledge of risk assessment relating to COSHH; to demonstrate knowledge of safe storage of hazardous substances; know some of the employers and employees responsibilities for personal protective equipment and demonstrate knowledge of the risks associated with blood borne viruses in dental practice.A,C Completion of this article will raise your awareness of the current legislation relating to the control of substances hazardous to health, the responsibilities of both the employer and employee and how you can both work to ensure safety in the workplace. Update published February 2020. Next review February 2021.
The Dental Management of Patients Who Suffer with A Gag ReflexTo review the assessment and management strategies that can be implemented to minimise the gag reflex for susceptible patients.To be able to categorise gagging into two groups and identify the meaning of these two groups; to identify some of the local, systemic, anatomical and physiological modifying factors of gagging; to identify some of the important factors involved in assessing the patient who gags; to identify some of the different management techniques that can be utilised when a patient has a gag reflex; and, pass an on-line assessment.C Completion of this verifiable CPD will increase your knowledge of the management of patients who suffer with a gag reflex. Published February 2019. Update due February 2021.
Understanding Dementia and How to Manage Dementia Patients in Dental PracticeTo give an overview of dementia and the management of dental problems.Be able to define the different types of dementia; recall some of the statistics relating to dementia; recognise the symptoms of the different types of dementia; know the Care Quality Commission Key Lines of Enquiry relating to patients with dementia; have knowledge of the Faculty of General Dental Practice publication “Dementia Friendly Dentistry”; identify some of the potential dental problems and their management in patients with dementia; and, pass an online questionnaire.A,C Completion of this verifiable CPD article will increase your understanding of the different types of dementia and how to manage patients with dementia in the dental surgery. Update published April 2020. Next review April 2022.