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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…

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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…