Meeting for the last time in its current council chamber, the General Dental Council (GDC) voted to allow some Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) to treat patients without prescription and without the patient having to see a dentist first. Direct access will be extended to:
• dental hygienists and dental therapists for their full scope of practice
• dental nurses undertaking public health initiatives
• orthodontic therapists carrying out IOTN screening
However direct access will not be extended to dental technicians or widened for clinical dental technicians.