The Dentistry Show and British Dental Conference organisers say: “CPD? It’s all in the planning”. Read on...
Dental professionals are very good at planning ahead. It is a necessary part of daily life – how many patients will you see tomorrow? Which products do you need to stock for the next few weeks? How will you arrange your appointment slots to create time for your treatments? What will that surgery entail and how will the treatment plan be followed? When do you next need to see your orthodontic patient to review progress?
All these things will be second nature to dentists, but the planning is still important to avoid any unexpected problems. Getting organised and knowing what needs to be done when, how and why will help to improve efficiency and encourages a smoother day-to-day workflow. Ultimately, this enables you to deliver outstanding care for every patient, while keeping stress levels to a minimum.
But do you apply the same meticulous planning to your professional development?
Plan to learn
As with many other professions, continuous learning and self-improvement are key for those dedicated to delivering the best care for their patients. Regularly reviewing the latest news, products and techniques is crucial if you are to remain abreast of the leading recommendations and ideas.
By planning ahead, you not only better identify which areas of education you need to focus on, but also organise your time so you don’t have to make any compromises in either your practice or home life.
This aligns perfectly with some of the thinking behind the GDC’s recently announced changes to CPD from 2018. There has been a general shift away from quantity of hours and a trend towards quality, with the overall hours of required CPD reduced but the amount of verifiable CPD slightly increased.
Dentists are now required to complete 100 hours of verifiable CPD over a five-year cycle; dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians must do 75 hours; and dental nurses and dental technicians must meet their 50-hour requirement.
In the interests of encouraging continuous learning throughout the CPD cycle, the GDC also now obliges dental professionals to earn at least 10 hours for every two consecutive years. This still allows for any particularly busy years where CPD is not achievable, but it means registrants cannot log zero hours of CPD in consecutive years. The merits of planning ahead and booking courses or events are therefore greater than in previous years on the old system.
A complementary addition
Part of the planning process for enhanced CPD going forwards will also be a personal development plan (PDP).
This plan demonstrates to the GDC that the CPD you gain is relevant for you and that it supports your work as a dental professional. (More information and a template can be found on the GDC website - www.gdc-uk.org/professionals/cpd/enhanced-cpd.) The BDA can also advise members on this topic – visit www.bda.org/advice.
So, what CPD do you plan to earn in 2018? Regardless of your speciality, interests or career so far, the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show will provide a great platform for developing your knowledge and skills in all the right ways. The two-day event offers educational programmes dedicated to each member of the team, ensuring relevant and informative lectures and discussion sessions for all to make the most of.
Receive verifiable CPD while networking with like-minded people and take advantage of on-stand learning opportunities and live demonstrations throughout the extensive trade exhibition. Plus you can discover all the very latest products, materials and technologies on the UK market.
The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with DTS.
For more information visit www.thedentistryshow.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270