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Smile4life questionnaire

Smile4life is the national oral health improvement programme for people experiencing homelessness in Scotland. As part of an investigation into how Smile4life is being implemented we invite all practitioners that work in oral health and homelessness to complete a short questionnaire. It takes 10 minutes to complete and asks practitioners about their beliefs and attitudes…

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Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey 2016-8

Information Services Division (ISD) has today published information on the Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey (SAOHS) . The report provides statistics for the combined 2016 and 2018 SAHOS surveys. Data was collected by 126 dentists for a total of 3,114 patients aged 45 years and over. Main Points This project has shown that collecting survey…

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Dental management of patients at risk of Infective Endocarditis – Survey

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) published implementation advice regarding Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis in August 2018. To help explore the usefulness and impact of this advice, we are inviting you to take part in a survey which explores dentists’ current practice, attitudes and beliefs regarding dental management of patients at risk of…

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Dental Nurses Survey

The Scottish Government  in conjunction with the BDA (Scotland) has just announced a forthcoming survey of Dental Nurses. The survey announcement was made in the PCA (D) (2019)6 . Practitioner Services will be emailing a link to the survey to all designated dentists  and the survey will close on the 5th May.      

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Revised Scottish Dental Access Initiative

This letter advises of the latest revisions to the Scottish Dental Access Initiative (SDAI)  which will take effect from the 1st April 2019 . It outlines the designated areas of Scotland where financial assistance will be available to expand or purchase existing NHS dental practices. Download a copy of the Letter PCA(D) (2019)5    …

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SDCEP – Oral Health Assessment and Review – Questionnaire

SDCEP (Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme)  is reviewing the evidence underpinning the current Oral Health Assessment and Review guidance. To support the review SDCEP is inviting practitioners to complete a questionnaire regarding your current practice, and beliefs and attitudes towards specific aspects of the Oral Health Assessment and Review guidance. The questionnaire  should take about…

Interested in Research in Primary Dental Care – Survey closing shortly

To help increase involvement in Primary Care Dental Research in Scotland SDPBRN are supporting the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Oral and Dental Health Specialty Group. The NIHR CRN Oral and Dental Specialty Group is conducting a survey to: 1.     Identify Dentists and Dental Care Professionals interested in taking part…

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Oral Health Improvement Plan – Feb 2019

An update for dentists and dental bodies corporate (DBCs) about progress with the  Oral Health Implementation Programme to February 2019 is now available in PCA(D)(2019)(3). Download a copy of PCA(D)(2019(3) Highlighted in the memorandum is a forthcoming blog  and the Chief Dental Officers twitter account   @CDO_Scotland.  An overview of the phasing of implementation is…

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Scottish Cancer Referral Guidelines

The updated Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer are now available . Specific guidelines for Head and Neck Cancer can be found here.   A free app – Cancer Referral Guidelines – can be downloaded using the QR codes now found in the revised Guidelines. Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK will be working with their Primary…

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Oral Health Community Challenge Fund Launched

The Scottish Goverment has launched its  Oral Health Community Challenge Fund  announced in the Oral Health Improvement Plan. The fund is a £2.5 million grant scheme to help improve the oral health of people living in areas of multiple deprivation. Third sector organisations can apply for grants between £7,000 and £30,000 a year to set…

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SDCEP Prescribing App updated

The SDCEP ‘Dental Prescribing’ app has been updated following amendments to the latest edition of the British National Formulary (BNF 76) which was published in September 2018. This update includes information on the 2016 amendment to NICE Clinical Guideline 64 ‘Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis’ and the associated SDCEP Implementation Advice which was published in August…

Are you a Dentist or Dental Care Professional interested in research?

In 2017 the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Oral and Dental Health Specialty Group    in collaboration with the Dental Schools Council and Public Health England, launched an initiative to identify unanswered questions relating to oral and dental health research from a patient, public and clinical perspective.  In December 2018, the…

Defibrillators in Independent Dental Practices

The interim Chief Dental Officer has just written out to Dentists and their staff regarding their continuing support for the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) First Responder Scheme. The letter thanks dentists and their support of the scheme and highlights a new memorandum (PCA(D) (2019) 1 which advises of  revised arrangements for the first responder element.…

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Help with Health Costs – 2018

Public information leaflet providing information on NHS dental charges, Optical Voucher values and help with health costs including Travel costs.