Help General Dental Council protect patients

Wiltshire Times: The General Dental Council wants to recruit up to 35 investigating committee panel members, including dental care professionals and lay members The General Dental Council wants to recruit up to 35 investigating committee panel members, including dental care professionals and lay members

The General Dental Council (GDC) wants to recruit up to 35 investigating committee panel members, comprising of about 13 dentists, 11 dental care professionals and 11 lay members.

The GDC is the regulatory body for dentistry in the UK, and maintains a register of 102,000 dentists and dental care professionals.

The committee plays a critical role in the GDC’s work to protect patients in considering complaints about the fitness to practise of dentists and dental care professionals.

Investigating committee members individually consider significant amounts of written information and evidence and then, as a panel, decide whether a matter should be closed, advice or warning letters issued or the case referred to a practice committee.

To be successful as an investigating committee member, candidates will have excellent analytical skills and judgement.

The GDC says they will be able to consider large amounts of information and confidently express their assessment of a case. They will enjoy working as part of a panel, making reasoned decisions with objectivity and integrity.

Anyone who is interested in contributing to the GDC’s role in protecting patients and believes they have the skills to be a member of the IC should visit https://www.gdccommitteemembers.com/

Applications must be made through this website. Call consultants GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6090 only if an information pack is required in another format.

The closing date for applications is noon on April 11.

A number of existing members have shared their experiences of going through the application process, and of being IC members, at http://tinyurl.com/q8jhuvp

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