Decontamination in Practice


Course Features

Course Details


The aim of this programme is to provide a learning resource for all dental team members, providing an update on the decontamination processes required in dental practice. This learning meets GDC and CQC requirements for disinfection and decontamination.

Disinfection and decontamination is a GDC recommended subject for continuing professional development.

This is the third module in a series of four modules. We would recommend viewing the first two modules in the series before taking this module.

The GDC requires dental professionals to link their CPD activities to at least one development outcome as part of the new enhanced CPD scheme.

This module can be linked to development outcome C: Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice.

Suitable CPD for all members of the dental team.

Completion of this module and passing the associated quiz will satisfy GDC requirements for 1.5 hours of CPD in disinfection and decontamination.

The content does not have to be completed all at once, you will be returned to where you left off when your restart the e-learning module again.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Explain the decontamination cycle
  • Understand decontamination and its role in preventing cross infection transmission in dentistry
  • Outline the importance and relevance of cleaning in the decontamination process
  • Describe the decontamination process for reusable dental instruments
  • Apply appropriate record keeping for these procedures
  • Perform appropriate storage of dental instruments

Topic 1:  What is decontamination?

Topic 2:  The decontamination process

Topic 3:  The treatment room

Topic 4:  Record keeping

Topic 5:  Instrument storage

Topic 6:  Summary

There are interactive questions and activities throughout the module which are not assessed.

On completion of the module there is a separately assessed quiz.

You will need to achieve 70 % for this quiz to complete the module and access your CPD certificate. You will have two opportunities to achieve the required score.


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