Have Your Say – Help Shape the Future of Oral and Dental Health Research

James Lind Alliance Oral and Dental Health Priority Setting Partnership  Oral and Dental research in the UK is world-leading. Nevertheless, it is fragmented and does not receive the funds it deserves, resulting in a small National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio of research, and a possible shortage of evidence to inform decision making. One…


Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey (SAOHS) – Opportunity to participate

Following a successful pilot  using Primary Care dentists to collect data for a National Oral Health Survey we are hoping to recruit a larger number of dentists to participate in this round of data collection. Dentists across Scotland working in the NHS General and Public Dental Services are invited to participate in this novel method of…

Radiation protection legislation changes

Changes to legislation relating to radiation protection will be taking place in 2018, including a new HSE notification process. All dental practices must re-register with HSE by 5th February 2018. The Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) will replace IRR99 and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 (IRMER18) will replace IRMER 2000 and its later amendments.…

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SDCEP Antibiotic prophylaxis against infective endocarditis implementation advice – open consultation until 31 January 2018

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) is currently developing advice for dentists to facilitate the implementation of NICE Clinical Guideline 64 – Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis.  A draft of the implementation advice is available now for open consultation, which will end on 31 January 2018. To view the consultation draft and instructions for how…

BUCCOLAM (midazolam) Oromuscosal Solution Pre-filled Syringes

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)   yesterday released an advisory note for users to exercise caution when using this product as the translucent tip-cap sometimes remains on the syringe tip when pulling the red cap off nessesitating manual removal. Further information is available  here

Opportunity for dentists to participate in Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey (SAOHS) 2017/8

Following a successful pilot of using Primary Care dentists to collect data for a National Oral Health Survey we are hoping to recruit a larger number of dentists to participate in this round of data collection. Dentists across Scotland working in the NHS General and Public Dental Services are invited to participate in this novel method…

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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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SDR – Regional Roadshows

  Practitioner Services are  delivering a series of evening roadshow events across Scotland, to engage with dentists and dental care professionals who are delivering General Dental Services in NHS Scotland.  The events will support dental teams with:- Understanding of the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) Prior approval requirements and discretionary fees Understanding eSchedules . The events are…

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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 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…