Dental nurses to gain help with CPD costs
As dental professionals face the cost of compulsory continued professional development (CPD), MPs and businesses are trying to offset the financial burden.
Labour MP for Barrow and Furness John Woodcock told Dentistry.co.uk that he is tabling a parliamentary question on getting tax relief for dental nurses undergoing CPD training to be put up for debate.
Meanwhile the dbg is providing CPD training as part of a package aimed at supporting dental care professionals.
Membership within the dbg's Healthcare Professional Network includes 300 hours of CPD training, which would remove the cost for dbg members. Its main focus is to provide support for dental care professionals, with services such as a dedicated jobs board, a resource library and an online member's area.
Mr Woodcock explained that he hoped to gain tax breaks for dental nurses after one of his constituents wrote to him complaining about the cost of CPD. However, treasury minister David Gauke said that adding tax relief to the current system would cause complexity. He explained that, at present, the government is finding ways to simplify the tax system.
Additionally the General Dental Council (GDC), the regulator for the dental industry, reminded dental care professionals that they can complete some of their CPD for free.
It is compulsory for dental nurses, alongside other dental care professionals, to undertake CPD training and they must log at least 150 hours of this with the GDC. They must ensure, however, that at least 50 of these hours are verifiable.
Verifiable CPD counts as training with concise aims, clear outcomes, quality control and some form of certification to prove the the dental nurse has undertaken it.
After completing their CPD training, all dental care professionals are expected to keep a copy of what they have done for five years in case the GDC requires it for auditing.
If a dental care professional is found to have failed to complete their CPD training then the GDC could revoke their registration.