Enventure Research is currently working on behalf of the General Dental Council (GDC) to undertake its 2017 Registrant Survey. The survey is conducted regularly by the GDC as part of its commitment to using a research base to inform policy and practice. The GDC is responsible for regulation of all practicing dental professionals within the UK, protecting patients and members of the public. All dentists and dental care professionals are required to be registered with the GDC.
The aim of the Registrant Survey is to provide valid and statistically reliable data on GDC registrants’ views of key aspects of its work to help inform future GDC policy and performance. The survey examines attitudes towards a number of topics, such as challenges faced by dental professionals in everyday practice, GDC communications and the future of dentistry. A number of tracking questions included in each phase of the survey allow registrants’ attitudes to be compared over time.
The survey has been administered online to a stratified random sample drawn from the GDC registrant database to ensure that a representative response is achieved, based on gender, age, profession, number of years registered and country of qualification. Personalised email invitations have been sent to all registrants in the sample frame.
The online survey will close later this month and be followed by qualitative research to gain additional insight into the survey findings. A representative selection of GDC registrants, including dentists and dental care professionals, will be recruited via the survey to participate in a series of focus groups and in depth telephone interviews.
The findings from the online survey and qualitative research will be collated and analysed by Enventure Research. The results will be published on the GDC website in early 2018.