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The GDC and Professional Conduct course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery

This session will describe the General Dental Council (GDC) and the guidance document Standards for the Dental Team. The concepts of 'professional conduct', 'fitness to practise', 'misconduct' and 'impairment' will be explained.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • describe the legal basis for the General Dental Council (GDC) and list the roles of the GDC in dentistry
  • describe the ethical guidance published by the GDC and demonstrate with examples, its relevance to clinical practice
  • explain the concept of professional conduct
  • explain the concept of fitness to practise and impairment
  • list the steps in a fitness to practise enquiry

The GDC can act on complaints from patients or information received from other organisations (for example, the police or the NHS) that raise questions as to whether a registered dental professional should be practising.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have knowledge of:

  • Standards for the dental team
Instructors / Speakers
Stephen Henderson BDS LLM,
Dento-legal Advisor, Module Editor for e-Den Modules 10 and 11

Stephen is a full time dento-legal adviser for Dental Protection Ltd. He is also a Specialist in Oral Surgery. He qualified in 1984 and worked in fulltime hospital practice until 1989. Between 1989 and 2000, he worked part-time in the Oral and Maxillofacial Unit in Oxford. He had his own practice which he started in 1991, which was a mixture of general and referral practice. He obtained a Masters degree in Medical Law in 2005.

Stephen is also part of the Module Editorial Team at e-Den, and is the Module Editor for Module 10 Communication, and Module 11 Professionalism.

The GDC and Professional Conduct course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Access Duration (in months)
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