Core Topics

The General Dental Council (GDC) highly recommends that all dentists and dental care professionals (DCPs) attend the following courses as part of their minimum verifiable CPD cycle.

The GDC is also recommending that all dentists use a personal development plan to ensure that both patients and dentists may derive maximum benefit from continuing professional development (CPD).

Medical Emergencies

The section offers the following courses on medical emergencies:

  • Medical Emergencies and Resuscitation

Provides training in adult and paediatric basic life support, as specified by the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines 2010 for the dental team, and advice on equipment and drugs. Available in your own practice and postgraduate centres

Disinfection and Decontamination

The section offers the following courses on disinfection and decontamination:

  • Disinfection and Decontamination (also known as cross infection control)
    This programme is designed to instruct the dental team to operate safely and practically, within BDA Guidelines, WHTM01-05 and the Law. It includes specific training for the clinical team in recognising the risks and developing the skills to minimise the opportunity for infection. Available in your local postgraduate centre.

Radiography and Radiation Protection

The section offers the following courses on radiography and radiation protection:

  • Radiography and radiation protection (also known as IRMER)
    This course provides registrants with an update course in dental radiography and radiation protection. Each course will be presented by a specialist lecturer with considerable expertise in dental radiology and in the delivery of radiation protection courses. Three dates are organised each year.

  • Radiography and radiation protection for DCPs
    This course provides dental care professionals with an update in dental radiography and radiation protection. Three dates are organised each year.

Legal & Ethical

  • Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA)
    Provides professionals working in dentistry with an understanding of their ethical and professional duty to protect and safeguard vulnerable adults. Available in postgraduate centres.

  • Professionalism
    Provides an opportunity for the dental team to reflect on what ‘professionalism’ means in dentistry. What does the GDC require of us? What does the general public expect of us? What do our colleagues need from us? Available in your own practice.

  • Complaints and Conflict Resolution
    Provides an overview of the areas where conflict and complaints can arise in dentistry, with patients or between staff, and offers advice and tools to help the dental team prevent or overcome such difficulties. Available in postgraduate centres.

  • Child Protection
    Provides the dental team with up to date information on roles and responsibilities in relation to child protection. Available in your own practice and postgraduate centres.

  • Health and Safety
    Provides information concerning the fundamental aspects of health and safety relating to the general dental practice premises and work activities undertaken on a daily basis. In addition, to raise awareness enabling individuals to take steps to improve H&S performance and comply with statutory legalisation. Available in your own practice and postgraduate centres.

Oral Cancer

  • Oral Cancer Awareness
    Provides an understanding of how to recognise malignant and potentially malignant lesions, aimed to improve early detection of oral cancer. Available at postgraduate centres.

  •  Latest statistics show mouth cancer rates increasing but short term survival is improving in Wales, please see the Mouth Cancer Infograph English or Welsh or follow this link for more information.

For a list of available courses and to book a place, please register on our new system using this guidance, and follow this link

View core topic courses

View our Terms and Conditions for the provision of Continuing Professional Development 

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