Name and identifying codes for Dental Consultants employed by NHS Trusts in England. The codes are derived from the Practitioner’s General Dental Council code (GDC code), to which a ‘CD’ prefix is added. GDC numbers can vary in length from 3 to 6 characters, so in order to maintain a standard
length of 8 characters (the same as medical consultant codes) filling zeros are used between the prefix and the GDC number, where required.
Many consultants working in a dental specialty are also qualified doctors, and therefore have a GMC number in addition to their GDC number. In these cases, the consultants are allocated a Consultant Code (derived from their GMC number) and are therefore included in the consultant file econcur.csv
or wconcur.csv (see above). Sometimes this is in addition to an entry in edconcur.csv; sometimes the practitioners will only have a record in econcur.csv or wconcur.csv.
There are some dental consultants however, who do not have a GMC number. They are qualified purely in their dental specialty and only have a GDC number. These consultants are included in edconcur.csv only.