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Changes to Emergency Dental Kit

This letter from the NHS Scotland Pharmaceutical ‘Specials’ Service (PSS) outlines changes to the contents of the Dental Emergency Drugs box. Download a copy of the letter

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Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources for Independent Dental Practitioners and their Teams

Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy takes a health promoting and preventative approach, with a guiding ambition to prevent and treat mental health problems with the same commitment, passion and drive as we do with physical health problems. We are acutely aware of the growing impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having on our professional and personal lives. …

PPE Quality Control / Quality issues

The following list of Health Board contacts will allow practitioner to make direct contact with their local boards regarding Quality  Control / Quality issues with the PPE . This will allow the issue to be escalated to National Procurement. This contact should ensure escalation but reduces the notion of multiple dental practices having to make contact…

The Scottish Government

Deputy Chief Dental Officer Posts – Scottish Government

The Scottish Government is looking to recruit two Deputy Chief Dental Officers. The posts available, through either a secondment opportunity or a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the Scottish Government / current employer: one specifically for a General Dental Services (GDS) practitioner, with a minimum commitment of 4 days per week; the other, for a…

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SDCEP Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry – A Rapid Review Update

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has today issued an update to their ‘Rapid Review of the Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry’ within a new appendix and as a standalone document.  At this time, the conclusions of the rapid review remain unchanged. Searching for new evidence will continue. The Working Group emphasises…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…