News

The Scottish Government

Re-routing of low-level concerns

A new process allowing for the repatriation of low -level concerns to Health Boards and dental practices has been agreed by the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) in collaboration with the General Dental Council (GDC), British Dental Association (BDA), NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and the NHS Board Directors of Dentistry. The new process is outlined…

The Scottish Government

Non-CE marked Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

During the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic when PPE supply chains were at risk, the European Commission issued an easement to relevant rules with the effect that non-CE marked PPE could be purchased and used subject to their approval by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A decision has been taken to end this…

The Scottish Government

COVID Vaccination Programme – 2020/21

This memorandum, PCD(D) 2020 (14) advises NHS Boards of the opportunity to involve NHS dental contractors in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Participation in the COVID immunisation programme is to be agreed by Boards and Area Dental Committees, depending on the overall requirements to deliver the programme. It is not mandatory for NHS dental contractors to…

The Scottish Government

Remobilisation of NHS Dental Services: Phase 4

Update 24th November: an updated version of the Standard Operating Procedures for Dental Teams was released. As previously indicated NHS dental services will be moving to phase 4 of the NHS Dental Remobilisation Plan from the 1st of November. From that date NHS dental contractors will be able to provide the full range of NHS…

National Dental Inspection Program (NDIP) 2020 Report

The latest findings of the Detailed Inspection programme of P1 children in school year 2019/20 have now been released by Public Health Scotland. The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) is carried out annually under the auspices of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Co-ordinating Committee on behalf of NHS Boards. Main points Almost three quarters (73.5%) of…

Penicillin V recommended as first line antibiotic for acute dento-alveolar infections

SAPG-Dental and clinical governance background to new prescribing guidance for penicillin V The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG), part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, was established in 2008 at the request of the Scottish Government, to support the safe and effective use of antibiotics across hospital and community settings. The SAPG committee is a multi-professional clinical…

CDO Letter – Full range of NHS dental treatments from 1st November

In a letter released today, Tom Ferris CDO Scotland announced that, as of Sunday 1st November dental contractors will be able to provide a full range of dental treatments to NHS patients. This announcement follows the recent publication of the Scottish Dental Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) ‘Review of Aerosol Generating Provcedures in Dentistry’ which improves understanding…

SDCEP logo

SDCEP Rapid Review on Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry published

Today the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) published their rapid review of the evidence related to the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dental practice and the associated risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Significant support for the review was provided by Cochrane Oral Health, a key partner in the project. The review is now available to…

SDCEP logo

Aerosol Generation Procedures – SDCEP Questionnaire

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP)is leading a rapid review of the evidence related to the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dental practice and the associated risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. This short questionnaire which should take 10-15 minutes to complete is to help SDCEP better understand the current provision of aerosol generating…

NSS logo

Ventilation, water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19

This SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) on ventilation water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19 was developed by a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) that included all devolved administrations, representatives from Public Health England (PHE) and academia (see table below). The purpose of the short life working group was to review and…

Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents

The COVID-19 Dental Services Evidence Review (CoDER) Working Group has just published its  rapid review of  Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents on Cochrane Oral Health The review is the work of a collaborative group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions, including the Scottish Dental Clinical…