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Regulators’ update

Health and care regulators

General Dental Council (GDC)

Much of this newsletter has focused on learning and knowledge and the role it can play in maintaining professional standards. In our last issue, we mentioned that the GDC was just about to publish Shifting the balance. In this new programme, the GDC has committed to sharing learning with dental professionals more proactively. As part of this, the GDC is developing a series of case studies from its fitness to practise cases that provide interesting points for discussion and learning. The first case study has been published and features personal behaviour on social media.

The GDC has also just published its Annual Review of Education 2014-16 to share good practice and learning in dental education across the United Kingdom.

General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC has just published a flexible training plan which aims to improve training paths for doctors.

The GMC is currently carrying out a survey which asks doctors about the impact of rota gaps on their education and training as part of their annual national training survey. The survey is open until Wednesday, 3 May.

There are still a few days left to submit views to the GMC on their plans to create a single route to the medical register for all doctors. The consultation is open until 30 April.

General Optical Council (GOC)

The GOC has recently published guidance to help its registrants meet the standard relating to the professional duty of candour. This standard requires all those working in healthcare to be open, honest and transparent with patients when things go wrong and a patient has suffered physical or psychological harm or distress, or there might be implications for their future care. The guidance aims to support GOC registrants and give them extra confidence in applying the standard.

The GOC has also just published additional guidance related to gaining valid consent. It is important for all healthcare professionals to obtain valid consent before examining a patient, providing treatment or involving patients in teaching and research activities. It is a general legal and ethical principle that valid consent must be obtained at the point of care and throughout treatment.

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

The GOsC is currently consulting on revised Indicative Sanctions Guidance for use by people involved in, or with an interest in, a fitness to practise hearing. This guidance is the main document GOsC fitness to practise committees use to help their decision-making.

The GOsC want to be sure that the guidance remains fit for purpose, accessible to all, and is a basis for fair and proportionate decisions used at a fitness to practise hearing. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 1 May 2017.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The GPhC has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce revalidation for pharmacy professionals. This is an important change to what pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must do each year to show that the trust in pharmacy professionals is well placed. The consultation is open until 17 July 2017.