From the beginning of January, for all dentists, a PDP will be essential. For those of you who aren’t dentists, this is part of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD), the ongoing training we must all undertake un order to stay on the General Dental Council’s register. From January, it will be known as Enhanced CPD (ECPD) and we will use the PDP to plan the courses we want to undertake as well as the associated learning outcomes. The PDP will gradually include a log of completed activity, including date, number of hours and the learning outcomes covered. We will also use it to store the CPD certificate for each activity.
Generally the aim appears to be to promote high quality CPD and to encourage us to spread our training out evenly across a five year cycle. The PDP is a key aspect of the overhaul of CPD but there are other aspects too, including:
To my mind, it seems like a positive move to encourage us as a profession to reflect on the skills and knowledge we want to acquire and to plan for it. And for orthodontists wanting to develop their lingual skills, I am happy to say that I offer an in-depth course which will sit very nicely in their PDP! More information on my course here.