Logging CPD Activity

As part of your CPD record for the GDC, you need to keep a log of all activity you have undertaken, which must include the following details:

  • The title and description of the CPD activity you completed;
  • The date it was undertaken;
  • The number of hours, as shown on the evidence of completion (e.g. certificate) provided by the course provider. (Breaks and travel time do not count towards the number of hours of CPD);
  • The GDC’s development outcome(s) achieved from each CPD activity.

It should also include a reflective element, or an indication that reflection has taken place.

For any CPD to be considered verifiable, the activity must be recorded on your activity log, and you must have collected corresponding evidence (e.g. certificates). You no longer have to record non-verifiable CPD in the new 2018 guidelines.

The development outcomes:

Below are the development outcomes and examples of what kinds of CPD might be linked to each. It is possible for some CPD activities to link to multiple outcomes. The GDC encourages you to choose CPD to cover all four development outcomes in your cycle, however this is not a compulsory requirement. You must make sure each planned and completed activity has at least one outcome (A, B, C, D) linked.

Development Outcome Example of CPD content
A. Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk;   • Communication skills
• Consent
• Complaints handling
• Raising concerns
• Safeguarding
B. Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients at all times; providing constructive leadership where appropriate;   • Effective practice management
• Business management
• Team working
C. Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice;   • Clinical and technical areas of study
• Radiography
• Cross infection control
• Medical emergencies and CPR
• CPD on quality assurance for MHRA
• CPD specific for your daily role(s)
• Upskilling opportunities
D. Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.   • Ethical and legal issues and developments
• Professional behaviours
• Equality and diversity training

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