Orthodontics are a class of dental care professionals that is concerned with correcting crooked teeth and jaws and plays a vital role within the dental team. In this article, we will provide a brief overview to Continuing Professional Development for Orthodontists, including the GDC requirements, verifiable and non-verifiable activities, and how CPD should be recorded.
An overview of CPD in the Dental Sector
An orthodontist is a type of dentist trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities to help correctly align teeth, bites and jaws, including straightening teeth. They correct existing conditions and are trained to identify problems that may develop in the future. Orthodontists work with people of all ages, from children to adults.
Technological advances in orthodontics are transforming the patient experience. Every field of dentistry is evolving as advances bring improved technology and techniques to dental professionals. In a changing world of orthodontic treatment delivery, updating skills and knowledge is essential to delivering good quality care and service delivery to patients, and staying up to date with industry related developments.
Continuing Professional Development, or CPD, is how dental practitioners maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence required throughout their professional lives. The CPD process is designed to aid professional learning and development as an orthodontist, and ensure they have the tools to meet the ongoing needs of the dental industry.
All dental professionals have to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) to practice in the UK. The GDC requires all registrants to undertake Continuing Professional Development and is a compulsory part of GDC registration.
What are the benefits of CPD for orthodontists?
Good orthodontists will recognize that there is always room for more education and the expansion of their clinical skills. The main benefit of undertaking CPD it that it ensures dental professionals continue to be competent in their profession. Effective CPD should ensure high professional standards and that patients continually receive the very best care possible.
Continuing Professional Development is necessary to maintain up-to-date orthodontic practices, and enables dental professionals to provide a greater scope of care for patients. CPD can be a great opportunity to get hands-on with new technologies, network with others, and learn more about the direction of the industry as a whole in order to benefit practice.
The ultimate outcome of well-planned CPD is that it safeguards the public, the employer, and the professional. Some of the other benefits of CPD for orthodontists include:
- We are always learning, and so with CPD your skills can always be refined, enhanced and added to.
- With increased knowledge, you can improve both your patient experience and your practice reputation.
- In additional to being a great tool for professional growth, your CPD can also be an excellent tool for personal growth.
- Many CPD courses combine learning with social or networking events, providing you with the opportunity to develop additional personal skills.
- Irrespective of the skills you develop, continuing your dental education will provide you with an opportunity to assess your existing strengths and weaknesses.