Continuing professional development (CPD)
Overview of CPD
earn up to 15 hours verifiable CPD at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition.
All sessions (see exceptions below) meet the educational criteria set by the General Dental Council (GDC) for verifiable CPD and are certified by the British Dental Association (BDA).
Sessions that cover the recommended GDC core CPD subjects are indicated on the programme with the following logo:
Online evaluation/personalised CPD certificates
All event attendees will receive an email on Sunday 28th May with a link to the online evaluation. For those who earn verifiable CPD at the event, your personalised CPD certificate will be available to download and print after completion of the online evaluation.
What can you earn CPD for?
- All Conference sessions (with the exception of the Presidential Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the BDA)
- Exhibition sessions (Personal development theatre,
Speakers' corner lectures,
Advice zone lectures and Workshop zone).
What does not meet CPD requirements?
Time spent in the Exhibition.
How we track your CPD at the event
Attendance at all sessions will be recorded by a scanning system which is linked to your delegate badge. The evaluation process is all online and CPD certificates are only available online.
CPD Allowances for Scotland and Northern Ireland
Delegates working in NHS dental practice in Scotland as a principal (that is they hold a dental list number) but not as assistants or FDs/VDPs, can claim up to 15 hours of Continuing Professional Development Allowance (CPDA) in any given financial year. Payments are abated, depending on the percentage of GDS earnings, up to a maximum of £1,386.60 for the year. Please note that salaried dentists are not eligible for CPDA.
Remote Island and remote mainland dentists can claim an additional amount of CPD Allowance. Please refer to Amendment 115 – Statement of Dental Remuneration (Scotland) for full details. This information can be
found on the practitioner services website.
Delegates working in NHS dental practice in Northern Ireland as a principal (that is they hold a dental list number) but not as assistants or FDs/VDPs, can claim up to 15 hours or 6 sessions of Continuing Professional Development Allowance (CPDA) in any given financial year.
Payments are abated, depending on the percentage of GDS earnings, up to a maximum of £1383 for the year 2014/15. Dentists from Northern Ireland should complete the CPDA1 form available from the online evaluation site for this event (accessible after the event and return to the
Northern Medical and Dental Training Agency. More information can be
Principals can claim on behalf of assistants who may wish to attend this event, how this amount is shared is a local personal contractual arrangement .
CPD Allowances for England and Wales
There are no longer any CPD allowance payments in England and Wales. Until March 2006 dentists working in the GDS in England and Wales were able to claim CPDA for sessions attended on approved postgraduate courses, either Section 63 or other approved courses, and travelling time. Since April 2006 the CPDA allowance has been incorporated in the basic nGDS/ PDS contract value and so can no longer be claimed by dentists working in England or Wales.
Recording your own CPD
Remember that you will need to keep records of all the CPD you undertake, both verifiable and general.
You can use the method of your choice to record your CPD, so long as you include the core information required.
BDA member dentists can track their earn CPD via the BDA CPD hub.
CPD certificates from 2016
If you have had problems accessing or viewing your online CPD certificate please contact the registration team.