We cannot lose any more time waiting for reform of the ORE

In 2021 UK qualified new registrant dentists with the General Dental Council (GDC) formed 61% – the remaining 39% of new registrants coming from EEA countries or other overseas routes to registration[1]. Dentists with overseas qualifications now make up nearly 30% of all dentists on the register. Even if the Government was prepared to invest […]

ADG welcomes long overdue moves to tackle international registration delays

The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the announcement by the General Dental Council today to increase the number of Part 2 sittings of the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) for dentists from three to four next year, and an increase in the size of the GDC registration casework team to tackle the backlog in overseas […]

MPs inquiry into NHS dentistry is a “blueprint” for election manifestos

The ADG has welcomed the Health and Social Care Select Committee report on NHS dentistry published today as a blueprint for the political parties General Election manifestos for the next Government to secure a sustainable future for NHS dental services. Today’s report from the Health and Social Care Committee describes evidence of pain and distress […]

ADG welcomes expansion of dental training in NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the publication of the first ever Long Term Workforce Plan published by the NHS and backed by the Government today. The Workforce Plan sets out how the NHS will address existing vacancies and meet the challenges of a growing and aging population by recruiting and retaining hundreds of […]

ADG welcomes long overdue expansion of the Overseas Registration Examination

The Association of Dental Groups has welcomed the announcement by the General Dental Council to triple the number of places available for candidates at sittings of Part 1 of the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) for dentists from 200 to 600. Passing the ORE is a requirement for overseas dentists from countries outside the EEA to […]

ADG goes Stateside in new international partnership

The ADG has hosted a visit to UK dental practices this month with its sister organisation from the United States, the Association of Dental Support Organisations. Following an introductory meeting between the two organisations last year in New York, the ADG team of Neil Carmichael, Clinical Director Sandra White and Operational Director Ruth Chesmore hosted […]

NHS dentistry inquiry “once in a generation” opportunity

The ADG has welcomed the Health Select Committee inquiry starting today into NHS dentistry as a once in a generation opportunity to secure a sustainable future for NHS dental services. With access to NHS dentistry now one of the top issues in MPs constituency postbags, the inquiry provides the opportunity for politicians on a cross […]