We’re right in the middle of a very busy period for the Council staff, with the APC renewal cycle for dentists and dental specialists closing today. Thank you to those who have returned these promptly. The forms are being processed and approved by our registration team prior to issuing the certificates. We expect to process around 2300 APC forms and 500 retention forms this year.
We expect this to be the last time we physically undertake this process for dentists and dental specialists as our new IT system should be in place providing for online registration by September 2017. However, we anticipate the April round of APC renewals for oral health practitioners will be done by physical mail.
You will see in this edition of the Council newsletter that we have included a new section, called “Case studies”. This will be a recurring section which will focus on case studies of competence, conduct and health cases dealt with by the Council in the hope we can all learn from the experiences of others. All identifying details will be removed from the case studies and practitioners involved will be notified before articles are published. We expect practitioners will find this a useful learning tool while it will also provide an insight into the types of cases that come before the Council, and how we respond.
Also new in this edition is an introduction to one of the teams that make up the Council staff. As many of you will know the Council undertook an HR review earlier this year which resulted in several staff changes. We intend to profile all our staff members and teams this way over the next few newsletters.
Looking ahead, the end of the year already feels very close. There are two main areas of consultation that we will be contacting you about over the next couple of months—the Advanced Areas of Practice practice standard and the 2017/18 budget and fees and levies. We look forward to receiving your feedback on these.