If you are a dental professional facing an investigation by your regulator, we can help. We often provide high-quality representation to those who are facing proceedings before the General Dental Council (GDC). We understand how stressful this time may be for you; facing disciplinary proceedings can have a serious impact on your professional life and your reputation. We can assist you by ensuring your case is presented correctly, and we will fight to obtain the best possible outcome for your circumstances.
GDC fitness to practise proceedings
Our solicitors can expertly guide you through all stages of GDC investigations and proceedings. We can ensure your views are accurately presented at investigatory interviews and help you to gather evidence to support your case.
Our lawyers can also provide expert representation at any disciplinary hearing. We understand how important your career is to you, not to mention your reputation. So, we will do everything in our power to allow you to continue to practise until a final decision has been made about the complaint made against you.
What kind of complaints will the GDC investigate?
There are several types of complaints the GDC will respond to. Typically, complaints relate to misconduct, professional performance or scope of practise issues. You may also face disciplinary action following the conviction of a criminal offence.
Generally, a complaint concerning fitness to practise will be raised if a dental health care professional has failed to meet the standards of conduct, professionalism or safety that is expected of them.
What happens at a General Dental Council hearing?
A GDC hearing begins with an investigation into the facts of the case. Often, the facts of the case will have been admitted ahead of the hearing. In these circumstances, no witnesses will be called to the hearing. However, if this is not the case, the GDC may call witnesses to support the allegations that have been made against you. Witnesses in a GDC hearing may be former patients, colleagues or others. In many cases, expert witnesses will also be called to provide an opinion on the alleged conduct.
After the evidence in the case has been heard, the committee will analyse whether the facts and the evidence presented amount to the kind of conduct that requires further action, including disciplinary sanctions.
Contact Beltrami & Company General Dental Council (GDC) Lawyers, Glasgow
If you are facing an investigation from the GDC or if you require representation at a GDC fitness to practise hearing, contact our specialist team today. We have many years of experience in guiding dental professionals through these complex procedures and can provide the highest quality advice and assistance. Contact us today by calling 0141 429 2262 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you without delay.