(UK) GDC Opens New Specialist List in Special Care Dentistry

By: General Dental Council  |  News
Sunday, 5 October 2008

The General Dental Council opened its new Specialist List in special care dentistry on 1 October 2008. Special care dentistry is concerned with improving the oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of a number of these. During a two-year “transitional period” (to 30 September 2010), interested dentists can apply to join the list on the basis of their specialist training, qualifications and experience. After that period, UK applicants will need to hold a Certificate of Completion in Specialist Training to join the list. Dentists wishing to join the new list can download the application pack from the GDC website or contact the GDC registration team (email assessments@gdc-uk.org or phone 020 7344 3741). The GDC holds 13 Specialist Lists. The purpose of them is to reassure the public that those using the title ‘Specialist’ have demonstrated they have met standards approved by the GDC for entry to the lists. Only dentists on the lists are entitled to use the title ‘Specialist’.