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The Authority publishes its review of the GDC's performance for 2015/16

The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has published its annual performance review of the General Dental Council. The GDC’s register covers almost 111,000 dental professionals practising in the UK.

We have assessed the GDC’s performance against our Standards of Good Regulation and are pleased to note that the GDC has improved its performance during 2015/16. The GDC has met most of the Standards, engaged positively with our performance review process and has worked hard to address the concerns raised in our previous performance reviews.

The Authority did a significant review of the GDC’s fitness to practise processes in 2015 and made a number of recommendations. It is too early to review the GDC’s progress in implementing these, though we have noted that an action plan is in place.

The GDC met all of the standards for Guidance and Standards; Registration; Education and Training; and met seven out of ten of the Standards for Fitness to Practise.

Mark Stobbs, Director of Scrutiny and Quality says:

‘This is the fourth review we have published under our new process.  We were pleased that the GDC has worked constructively with us and has shown real progress in improving its processes in the last year. The next 12 months will be important in building on this and addressing the concerns that we have raised.’

More information about how we reached our decision is set out in our Annual Review of Performance GDC 2015/16 or read a summary in our snapshot.

Christine Braithwaite, Director Standards and Policy
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. The Standards of Good Regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The Standards cover the regulators’ four core functions: setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession; setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training; maintaining a register of professionals; and taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
  4. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  5. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  7. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  8. The GDC registers dental professionals (dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental therapists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians).
  9. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at