Join our Fitness to Practise Panel


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are delaying the opening of applications to our Fitness to Practise Panel. We had previously advised an open date of Tuesday 17 March, but have decided to postpone. This is a temporary postponement due to internal resourcing issues at this time. We are postponing for a week at this stage, and will update this page again next week with an update on the timetable. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.

We will soon be open to applications for a unique and flexible role, where you can expand your career horizons and sharpen your skills, all while making a vital contribution to patient safety and improving dental care services across the UK.

We are the UK regulator for dental professionals. Our role includes investigating patient concerns about professionals and coming to determinations about their fitness to practise dentistry in the UK. These decisions are made by members of our statutory committees at public adjudication hearings. Those who hear our cases and sit on our committees are drawn from our independent ‘fitness to practise panel’.

We will be seeking around 40 new people to join our panel.

We’re looking for both lay people and dental professionals, from a range of backgrounds. If you’re interested in applying for this role, here is what you need to know:

  • Must be available on weekdays, for at least a week at a time.
  • Paid at a daily rate of £353.
  • Need to commit to 20-25 weekdays per year.
  • Regular travel to London, with expenses reimbursed.
  • Induction and annual development workshops will be provided.

No two hearings are the same, making this an interesting and stimulating role for anyone interested in healthcare or legal matters. If successful, your analytical skills will be put to the test. You will learn about professional regulation and how we work to protect the public and maintain public confidence in the dental professions.

You will be working as part of a team, and will share in the opportunity to learn from others. We offer time to reflect and develop, boosting your confidence in the role, and building skills for your future career.

If you’re a dental professional, you will be asked to utilise your knowledge of dentistry and   have the opportunity to take what you learn back to your dental practice.

We are looking for people who are able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies:

  • Understanding and interpreting rules, standards and guidance.
  • Working with complex and sensitive issues.
  • Collaboration and professional communication skills.
  • Embodying the values of fairness, integrity and respect.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.

This is a self-employed role, designed to fit around your current work commitments, but please consider discussing the role with any current employer before applying.

You can find further details of the role, and what it entails, in our answers to frequently asked questions.

Applications open on XX March - TO BE ADVISED.




The GDC is an equal opportunity employer and as such we welcome applications from all sections of the communities that we serve.  We particularly welcome applications from people from different ethnicity, age, minority groups, disabilities, and non-dental professions as they are currently underrepresented in our workforce.