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COVID-19 Resources

As the number of our news stories and resources related to COVID-19 grows we have developed a new page for the site that pulls these resources together. Go to the COVID-19 summary page for professionals. We also have information for the public about dental services during the pandemic. If you have a COVID-19 dental resource…

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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…

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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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Level 4 COVID restrictions – CDO letter

The Chief Dental Officer (CDO) has today issued a letter about the Level 4 COVID restrictions coing into force on Boxing day. The letter indicates that there will be no change to dental service provision during the Level 4 COVID restrictions. The letter also higlights the national infection prevention and control guidance and standard operating…

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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…

COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix

A new dental appendix to the recently published UK COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings is now available. The new guidance document can be viewed here The dental guidance seeks to ensure a consistent and resilient UK wide approach, though some differences in operational details and organisational responsibilities may…

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…