The GDC issued guidance to clarify the expectation regarding registration following training completion “to avoid Dental Nursing crisis”.
We recently reported that the General Dental Council (GDC) issued guidance to clarify the expectation regarding registration following training completion. In response, GDPUK reported, that the issue that prompted the GDC to act related to a issue whereby “nurses were no longer training, nor were they yet registered”, saying:
“As a result, they did not fall into either of the categories allowed to carry out dental nursing. To emphasise that this was a serious matter, there were threats of criminal prosecution for those who did continue to work between qualifying and being added to the register.”
“There have been reports of the GDC taking a surprisingly long time to complete the process to add newly qualified nurse’s names to the register. Compliance with the recent advice would be very disruptive to patient care, and economically challenging for dental nurses and practices. In general, it was previously assumed that nurses would carry on working in this period.”
BDA Chair, Eddie Crouch, reportedly, commented that “the lack of flexibility and common sense is astounding.”
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