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SDCEP guidance now NICE accredited

We are very pleased to report that the process used by SDCEP to produce Dental Clinical Guidance has recently been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE accreditation is valid for five years and is applied retrospectively to SDCEP’s periodontal care and anticoagulants guidance, both of which were produced using…

The Scottish Government

e-Dentistry: Support funding

Non-recurring funding to dental practices to support e-dental programme announced. Funding  of  £350 per practice will be available and may be used for a number of purposes. There are a small minority of practices that rely on paper-based claims to Practitioners Services. As part of a general move to electronic communication, these practices have the choice…

The Scottish Government

GDS amendment regulations and SDR amendment no. 131

This letter advises NHS Boards, Practitioner Services and NHS Education for Scotland of the introduction of the NHS (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016. It also advises of an Amendment (Amendment No 131) to the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR). Download a copy of the letter

Drug Prescribing for Dentistry – 3rd Edition launched

The third edition of the popular Drug Prescribing For Dentistry  guidance  from the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has now been launched. The  guidance in aimed at dental practitioners in the primary care sector, and applies to all patients, including adults, children and those with special needs, who would normally be treated in this sector. The…

Want to participate in the National Dental Survey/Audit – ONLY 5-days left to sign up.

If you are  a Dentist working in the NHS General and Public Dental Services  in Scotland and are interested in participating in a National Dental Survey  and associated audit  you only have until Friday 29th January 2016 to register! Further details can be found here 3 clinical audit hours are available for participation in the…

Need audit hours for 2013-6 cycle?

If you need audit hours for the current audit cycle why not participate in the Scottish adult oral health survey 3 clinical audit hours are available for participation in the associated research audit but you need to apply before the 31st January 2016. further details can be found here          

Opportunity to participate in National Dental Survey

While Scotland has had high quality information on the dental health of children for many years data for our adult population is much more limited.   In order to gather information on adults we are exploring a new approach to gathering this data. Dentists across Scotland working in the NHS General and Public Dental Services are…

Practice Inspection Checklists -last few days to have your say

In January/February 2016, the Practice Inspection Working Group will be reviewing and updating (if required) the content of the Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) and Sedation Practice Inspection (SPI) Checklists. To help inform the review and updating process, the Working Group invites you to feedback your views on, or experiences of, the CPI and/or the SPI…

Opportunity for dentists to participate in Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey

While Scotland has had high quality information on the dental health of children for many years data for our adult population is much more limited.   In order to gather information on adults we are exploring a new approach to gathering this data. Dentists across Scotland working in the NHS General and Public Dental Services are…

Still time to have your say about the Dental Practice Inspection checklists

In January/February 2016, the Practice Inspection Working Group will be reviewing and updating (if required) the content of the Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) and Sedation Practice Inspection (SPI) Checklists. To help inform the review and updating process, the Working Group invites you to feedback your views on, or experiences of, the CPI and/or the SPI…

The Scottish Government

Changes to entitlement for free dental treatment

This memorandum advises of the introduction of take-home pay thresholds implemented from 1st November 2015 for claimants on Universal Credit to be entitled to free NHS dental treatment and GOS vouchers to help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses. Download a copy of the Memo

Latest results from National Dental Inspection Programme

Today has seen the publication  of the latest results from the National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) . This years report focuses on Primary 7 (P7) pupils. The report shows that 75% of P7 pupils have no obvious experience of  tooth decay in 2015. This is a large improvement since 2005 when just 53%  had no obvious decay.  Across…

The Scottish Government

Strategic vision for E-Dentistry

This letter outlines the Scottish Government’s  ‘Vision for  e- Dentistry’.  Phase 1  will include a range oc complimentary ‘buisness efficiency measures’  timed to coincide with the EDI replacement project: All NHS communication to and from the practice by NHS email; Clarity over end date for paper GP17 forms; Agreed standards for sending digital images; Changes…

The Scottish Government

Statement of Dental Remuneration – Amendment No.130

This letter advises of an amendment to the  ‘Deemed NHS Committed’  Status for New Practices Claiming Additional General Dental Practice Allowance (GDPA) and Reimbursement of Practice Rental Costs. With effect from 1 November 2015 new practices will no longer be automatically deemed NHS committed for the purpose of entitlement to additional GDPA payment of 6% and…

Practice Inspections – Have Your Say

In January/February 2016, the Practice Inspection Working Group will be reviewing and updating (if required) the content of the Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) and Sedation Practice Inspection (SPI) Checklists. To help inform the review and updating process, the Working Group invites you to feedback your views on, or experiences of, the CPI and/or the SPI…

The Scottish Government

Scottish Dental Access Initative – revised Nov 2015

This letter provides advice on a further revision of the Scottish Dental Access Initative (SDAI) which will take effect on the 1st November 2015. SDAI  funding will now only be available in a small number of locations Eyemouth within NHS Borders Newton Stewart NHS  Dumfries and Galloway Culloden,Isle of Skye, Rothesay and Islay within NHS…

Regulation of private dental clinics

As from  April 2016 Health Care Improvement Scotland (HIS)  will start regulating  all independent clinics in Scotland . This includes any entirely private dental clinic whether owned by a dentist or dental care professional. To receive regular information about the next steps please complete the contact form on the HIS website.  The HIS website also…

Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs – New guidance from SDCEP

A new guidance document  from  The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) on the Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs  has been launched. The guidance aims to provide clear and practical advice to enable the dental team to manage and treat this patient group. It  presents advice to inform the assessment of…