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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…

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Dental Specialty Training Posts in Scotland

A number of Dental Specialty training posts will be  available in Scotland commencing September 2017.  The posts are in  the following specialties:- Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health Specialty Registrar in Endodontics Specialty Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry Post-CCST in Paediatric Dentistry Details on recruitment can be found on…

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The Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey (SAOHS) 2015/6

Today the Information Services Division (ISD) of National Services Scotland published the data from The Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey (SAOHS.) The SAOHS was carried out as a pilot project in 2015/16 with the support and approval of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Co-ordinating Committee (SDECC). The principal aim of this pilot project was to assess…

Emergency Dental Box 2017 Update

Following changes to the BNF’s guidelines for the management of medical emergencies in dental practice, Tayside Pharmaceuticals has updated the Dental Emergency Kit that it supplies to dentists across Scotland. The change involves the removal of Midazolam 10mg/2ml ampoules which previously could be administered by the buccal route, and replaced by Midazolam Oromucosal Solution (Buccolam).…

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Open consultation -updated SDCEP Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance

The draft  updated Scottish Dental clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP)  guidance on Conscious Sedation in Dentistry is now available for consultation. The consultation period ends on  Friday 3rd February 2017. This third edition updates the SDCEP 2012 Conscious Sedation in Dentistry . It has been subject to a thorough update using SDCEP’s NICE accredited methodology taking into account…

Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) – 2017

As from today  all practices undergoing the combined practice inspection should be using the revised checklist. The revisions have been agreed by the Practice Inspection Working Group and approved by the Chief Dental Officer’s Quality Improvement Strategy Group. The revised 2017 checklist is available to download from our practice inspection page. Previous versions of the…

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Oral health consultation closes on 8th December

The Scottish Governments consultation on the future of oral health closes a week from today on the  8th December.  The consultation document focuses on important area that need to be addressed and the consultation exercise will help to shape the oral health care and NHS dental services in Scotland for the next generation. A series of…

Scottish Dental Postgraduate Fellowship Opportunities – MSc Quality Improvement

The Scottish Dental Postgraduate Fellowship scheme is pleased to announce the availability of up to four Dental Fellowships to complete a part-time, distance learning, Masters level degree in Quality Improvement at the University of Dundee.  The Fellowships begin on 9 January 2017 and further information about this degree can be found here. Applications are invited…

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Primary Care Dentistry in Scotland 2014-5

This new report  from the Information Services Division, published on behalf of the Scottish Dental Practice Board (SDPB), provides an annual update on how primary care dental services are managed and provided in Scotland, how well these services are operating, and financial payments made to dentists.  In 2014/15, the total cost of General Dental Services and…

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Dental health of P1 children – latest data from National Dental Inspection Programme

Today sees the publication by  Information Services Division of the latest National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) data from Primary 1 children in Scotland. The data shows that while oral health in P1 pupils is continuing to improve, the rate of improvement is slowing.   The proportion of P1 children with no obvious decay now stands at 69%…

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The Dental Workforce in Scotland 2016

The 2016 dental workforce report is the latest in a series of biennial dental workforce reports that aim to inform workforce planning for dental services in Scotland and has been supported by NHS NSS and the Health Workforce directorate of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care directorates. The report examines past trends in the…

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Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Anti-resorptive or Anti-angiogenic Drugs – Consultation closes shortly

The consultation period on new guidance from SDCEP on  the Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Anti-resorptive or Anti-angiogenic closes on the 1st October 2016. This draft guidance is an update to the 2011 SDCEP publication Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Bisphosphonates and includes new advice on the wider range of drugs implicated in medication-related…

Statement of Dental Remuneration – Amendment No. 133

An amendment to the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) has been published. This amendment No.133 comes into force on the 1st October 2016. A memo  has been circulated to dentists via the Health Boards. It also highlights that the maximum patient charge for a single course of NHS dental treatment will remain at £384. Download…