Lay Council Member

General Dental Council


  • Location


  • Job type

    Fixed Term Contract

  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    £15,000 per annum for a time commitment of a minimum 35 days

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    22 November 2021

  • Client

    General Dental Council

Ref: GSe77987

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of around 114,000 dental professionals, including over 43,000 dentists and over 70,000 dental care professionals. The GDC’s primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this it registers qualified professionals, sets and enforces standards of dental practice, investigates fitness to practise complaints, and ensures the quality of dental education.

The environment in which the GDC operates is complex. As a UK-wide regulator the GDC works across the separate healthcare systems of each of the four nations, all with different challenges and priorities. It works in an environment where both NHS and private provision is important, and where access to dental services has been significantly affected due to COVID-19. It operates within a legislative framework that it is actively working with Government to modernise.

The GDC understands the diverse nature of the dental workforce and the society they serve, and therefore particularly welcomes applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, from all walks of life.

Applicants for the position of Lay Council Member* must be able to contribute to setting strategy, exercise oversight and ensure effective corporate governance, and will have a demonstrable commitment to supporting confidence in public services and patient safety. A seasoned senior leader, you will bring recent non-executive experience, gained ideally within a regulator or regulated sector, together with a strong commercial background and the ability to understand organisational finances, policies and processes and performance management at a strategic level.  

The time commitment for the role will be a minimum of 35 days per annum with remuneration of £15,000, plus expenses (in-line with policy). The successful candidate is expected to take up the role from Spring 2022.   

* A lay member is a person who is not, and has never been, registered with the GDC or who has never held a qualification that makes them eligible for registration with the GDC.

The GDC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and values diversity of culture among our Council members.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals.  We will seek to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.  The GDC are part of the Disability Confident scheme and as such are committed to accepting applications from candidates though the scheme. Alternative accessible formats of this document are available on request.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 22 November 2021

Preliminary Interviews
December 2021 – January 2022

Final Panel
w/c Monday 7 February 2022

How to apply


This is an online application, competency-based application process.

Registering and Creating an Account

You will need to create an account by clicking the red ‘Create my Account’ button on the right. Choose a username and password. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

GatenbySanderson will communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. You will receive emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. This is to protect your privacy.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using the username and password you have created.

When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the red ‘Apply Now’ button. On the next screen, you will be asked a number of eligibility questions. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

Competency Based Online Application

Please complete all sections in the Application form. You will need to download this, complete it offline and then upload it to the site.

You will then be asked to provide a brief summary of your career history. Please note this section has a word limit of 600 words and should not be an upload of your CV.

The form includes 6 evidence-based competency questions, together with an additional section which will ask you to address the desirable criteria for the role. When responding to these questions, please refer to the competencies detailed in this pack and to the additional desirable knowledge and skills for Council members. Please ensure that your responses to the 6 core competencies and desirable criteria highlights specific and detailed examples of experience in line with these areas. There is a 350-word limit for the 6 core competencies and a 600 word limit for the desirable experience and skills sections.  You will also be asked to supply a 500 word career summary, which should not be a copy of your CV. The responses to the competency questions and the desirable criteria will be assessed and scored but the career summary will be used for context only and will not be scored.  

The final stage of the form will ask you to complete some additional sections, including providing two referees, details of other NHS commitments and Conflicts of Interest. Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application.

Once submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make any further amends so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes.

Your application must be received by the deadline of noon on Monday 22 November. We regret that late applications will not be accepted. 

After you have completed the Equal Opportunities information, you will see a confirmation screen acknowledging your application. You will also receive an email to the email address you provided, confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive this acknowledgment immediately, please check your spam and, if you still cannot see it please email

Reasonable adjustments

Please can you let us know in your application if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to assist you in completing the application form, attending the interview, or any reasonable adjustments that would need to be made to the role or the working environment if your application is successful.



  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx
  2. Final version application form.docx
  3. GDC Council Member final FAQs.docx


Peter Guilder: 07545 441 127