It is of utmost importance that all CPD gained by dental care professionals, both verifiable and non-verifiable is recorded. Many registered dental care professionals will have to provide proof that they have fulfilled their CPD requirements at some point in their working lives. Failure to do so may result in being struck off the general dental register and no longer being allowed to work in the dental profession. Some people will give an annual report regarding CPD that they have gained, to the GDC and others will need to provide evidence at the end of their five year cycle. The GDC carry out an audit, selecting random dental care professionals to provide evidence, please note, proof must only be given if the GDC request it!
The information that must be recorded is specific and includes;
- Personal details – name and registration number
- Type of CPD – note whether CPD is verifiable or non-verifiable
- Time – note the number of hours gained or time taken to complete a particular activity and date CPD was undertaken
- Activity/course – name or title of course (or subject covered if non-verifiable CPD), and venue course was held at (if appropriate)
- Provider – give details of organisation running course/activity (or source of information for non-verifiable CPD)
Each individual will find their own system for recording and maintaining accurate details of CPD that they have undertaken, e.g. some will keep records in date order, some will separate records of verifiable and non-verifiable CPD, others will divide records into subjects studied, however you decide to do it you must make sure that all required information is included.
The GDC and other dental organisations provide information and suggestions on how to make and maintain these records, but it is entirely up to each individual to find a way which best suits them.
To see an example of a CPD recording form, visit the GDC website – www.gdc-uk.org where a PDF download is available.