Is the course subject relevant to you?

The PDP is designed for you to carefully consider your role as a dental professional, and what CPD will give you maximum benefit for maintaining and developing your practice in your current and future areas of work. The GDC encourages you to regularly review your plan as it relates to your role and daily practice.
For the GDC, your PDP must include:

  1. The CPD you plan to undertake during your cycle, which must include CPD that is relevant to your current or intended field(s) of practice;
  2. The anticipated development outcomes that will link to each activity;
  3. The timeframes within which you expect to complete your CPD over your cycle.

The development outcomes:

You must make sure each planned and completed activity has at least one outcome (A, B, C, D) linked. It is possible for some CPD activities to link to multiple outcomes. The GDC encourages you to choose CPD to cover all four development outcomes in your cycle.

Development Outcome Example of CPD content
A Effective communication with patients, the dental team,
and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent,
dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk;
Communication skills
Consent
Complaints handling
Raising concerns
Safeguarding
B Effective management of self, and effective management of others or
effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients
at all times; providing constructive leadership where appropriate;
Effective practice management
Business management
Team working
C Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice; Clinical and technical areas of study
Radiography
Cross infection control
Medical emergencies and CPR
CPD on quality assurance for MHRA
CPD specific for your daily role(s)
Upskilling opportunities
D Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient
confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.
Ethical and legal issues and developments
Professional behaviours
Equality and diversity training