Chair of dental regulator sets out vision for 2011

Chair of dental regulator sets out vision for 2011

31 Jan 2011

Alison Lockyer (pictured), Chair of the General Dental Council is urging more registrants to get involved in the regulator’s work.With the corporate strategy firmly in place, the chairwoman says the Council is ready to get down to business with delivering the results it has promised registrants.

“Our strategy pledged to ensure policy is developed on the basis of consultation and evidence. The Standards for Dental Professionals review is an example of this. 

“We know from the calls and emails we get that there are plenty of people with views on the standards we expect registrants to meet. Now is the chance (for registrants) to help shape this work,” says Alison.

The GDC is holding a series of free registrant events across the UK, which it hopes will help gather the views of dental professionals who will be most affected by the changes it makes. However, the Standards review is just one of a number of key projects moving forward this year.

Alison continued, “We’re looking at a number of other important issues. At the heart of this work is our aim of delivering regulation, which is proportionate, targeted, consistent, transparent and accountable. We’re also gathering views on the GDC’s Scope of Practice guidance. And the Committee Structure Working Group has been looking at the basics of our structure. to see if we have our resources in the right place and if we are working as efficiently as we could as Council members.” 

 Alison has one clear message for dental professionals as 2011 begins, “We believe one of the biggest strengths of the GDC is its 96,000 registrants. They are the ones who make the most visible difference to patients’ lives and we want to learn from them. Taking part in consultations, coming to events or even emailing us some feedback can help us learn from their insights. I hope 2011 will be a year of communication for us all.”