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Help with Health Costs -2017

An updated guide to help with health care costs is now available. The leaflet included information on, young people, people receiving benefits and people on a low income and their entitlements. More information of dental treatment changes is available here Download Copy of Guide  

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National Dental Inspection Program (NDIP) 2017 Report

The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) is carried out annually with the support and approval of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Co-ordinating Committee. Two school year groups are involved: i) at entry into Local Authority schools in primary one (P1) and ii) in primary seven (P7) before the move to secondary education. The Inspection Programme has…

General Dental Services Amendment regulations and SDR amendment No. 136

This Memorandum  (PCA(D)(2017)6 advises dentists and dental bodies corporate of the introduction of the NHS (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017. It also advises of the publication of an amendment, Amendment No 136, to the Statement of Dental Remuneration. Download a copy of the memo  here

Statement of Dental Remuneration – Amendment No. 135

A new amendment of the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR), has now been released .  This will come into effect on the 1st October 2017  with a 2.25% increase in the fee-scale for all courses of treatment started on or after 1 October 2017. The maximum patient charge for a single course of NHS dental…

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Practice premises revaluation exercise -1st April 2018

The Scottish Government has today issued a memorandum advising of an exercise to update practice valuations for reimbursement of practice rental costs under Determination XV of the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR). For the last revaluation exercise in 2015 all practice premises were individually inspected. This time the current market rent is determined by the…

Scottish Dental Practice Board Policies

The Scottish Dental Practice Board (SDPB) issues policies which provide guidance to PractitionerServices and dentists on interpretation of the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR). These policies have recently been reviewed and updated. They can be accessed at www.shsc.scot/meetings/scottish-dental-practice-board/sdpb-policies/ Please make sure you keep up to date with these policies and share them within your practice.

Scottish Heath Awards 2017 – Dentist Award

The Scottish Health Awards are the most prestigious and recognised awards for professionals across NHSScotland and its partners. Run by the Daily Record in partnership with NHSScotland and the Scottish Government, the Awards are now well established in the Scottish calendar and recognise those that go that extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing…

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New NHS Scotland Model Complaints Handling Procedure

The new NHSS Model Complaints Handling Procedure developed under the direction of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) came into effect on 1 April 2017 for use by NHS Bodies and primary care service providers, including dentists. The SDCEP Practice Support Manual (login required) now provides background information about the new procedure and includes updated complaints handling…

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SDCEP – Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance – 3rd edition now available

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme  (SDCEP)  has now launched the third edition of its Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance.  This guidance aims to promote good clinical practice through recommendations for the safe and effective provision of conscious sedation for dental care. The guidance has been subject to a thorough update using SDCEP’s NICE accredited methodology taking…

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SDCEP Dental Prescribing app – Updated

The SDCEP Dental Prescribing app has been updated following amendments to the latest edition of the British National Formulary (BNF 73) which was published in March 2017. This update includes changes to the recommended adult dose of metronidazole.  The circumstances in which it is appropriate to prescribe metronidazole are described within the Dental Prescribingapp.  These…

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Scotland’s Oral Health Plan – Analysis of responses published

This document provides an  analysis of responses from last years consultation document on the Future of Oral Health. As part of the consultation  564 dental professionals attended a series of roadshows events across Scotland. In all 427 responses were received. In addition a series of focus group with the public were conducted by the Scottish Health Council.…

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SDCEP – ‘Drug Prescribing for Dentistry’ Update

SDCEP’s ‘Drug Prescribing For Dentistry’ 3rd Edition, published in January 2016, was based on edition 70 of the ‘British National Formulary’ (BNF 70) and the 2015-16 edition of the ‘BNF for Children’ (BNFC). The guidance is periodically amended to include subsequent changes to the BNF and BNFC . SDCEP has released an update to the 3rd…

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SDCEP Consultation – Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children

A draft of updated Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children guidance  from SDCEP (Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme) is now available for consultation. The consultation closes on  Friday, 18 August 2017. The consultation document is available to download at the SDCEP website  and feedback can be provided using the online feedback form. Telephone interviews: During…

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Child Sexual Exploitation – A Guide for Health Practitioners

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a persistent and growing issue across the UK. To impact on this requires a multiagency approach and health practitioners must have the correct information to support them to identify CSE and act appropriately.  To help support frontline staff the Scottish Government has recently published a Guide for Health Practitioners on Child…

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Updated decontamination advice notes from SHTG

The Scottish Health Technology Group (SHTG) within Healthcare Improvement Scotland has recently published updates to two advice statements that are relevant to decontamination in dental practice.  These relate to types of steam sterilzer and storage of dental instruments that have been sterilized unwrapped.  For both of these, SHTG did not identify any evidence that indicates…

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Patients at risk of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) -New guidance from SDCEP

New guidance on the Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw is launched today by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP). This document updates previous SDCEP Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Bisphosphonates guidance and considers the wider range of drugs that have been implicated in the development…

Recommendations on use of fluoride toothpaste & supplements in Scotland

Despite continuing improvements, dental caries is still a significant problem in Scotland. Application of fluoride varnish at least twice a year and twice daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste together with reducing the frequency of consumption of sugar in foods and drinks, especially between meals and in the evening, are key elements of effective caries prevention.…

Oral Health & Dental Services for Children- Needs Assessment Report Launched

At a meeting at Stirling University today the Scottish Dental Needs Assessment Programme (SDNAP) is launching its latest report on Oral Health and Dental Services for Children. The report was undertaken to assess the current service provision and to clarify the workforce required to sustain the service. It was undertaken against the background of improving…