Welcome

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) is an initiative of the National Dental Advisory Committee (NDAC) and part of the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream within NHS Education for Scotland’s (NES’s) Dental Directorate. SDCEP provides user-friendly, evidence-based guidance to support dental teams to provide high quality healthcare that is safe, effective and person centred.

For evidence-based guidance development, SDCEP collaborates with the Cochrane Oral Health Group. To develop and test interventions to enhance the translation of guidance recommendations into practice, SDCEP works in partnership with the four other Clinical Effectiveness Workstream programmes: the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) collaboration, the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN); NES’s Quality Improvement in Practice Team (QIiPT); and the Scottish Dental Postgraduate Fellowship (SDPF).

Please browse our site to learn more about SDCEP, how we work and the guidance we have published or that is in development.

Highlights

  • Conscious Sedation in Dentistry - 3rd Edition

    In June 2017, SDCEP published an update of this guidance, which aims to promote safe and effective provision of conscious sedation for dental care. Follow the link to read more and to access the guidance.
  • Update to Drug Prescribing For Dentistry 3rd edition

    An update to Drug Prescribing for Dentistry has been released. This update includes information on changes to the latest editions of the BNF and BNFC.

    The Dental Prescribing app has also been updated.
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children

    This guidance is being updated and a draft is currently available for consultation. This consultation is open until 18 August 2017.
  • Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

    SDCEP has published new guidance (March 2017) to assist dental practitioners in managing the oral health patients of patients who are at risk of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ). Follow the link to read more and to access the guidance.
  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter April 2017

    Read the latest Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter
  • NICE Accreditation

    NICE has accredited the process used by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme to produce Dental Clinical Guidance. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 15 March 2016 and is retrospectively applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Guidance Development Process Manual (2015).
  • Information for Patients

    SDCEP recognises the unique contribution that patient views can make to the guidance development process. Follow the link to find out more about how patients can become involved in the development of SDCEP guidance.
  • Practice Support Manual

    The Practice Support Manual (PSM) is a website developed by SDCEP to support dental practice management. The PSM aims to help dental teams keep up to date with legislation and professional regulations and prepare successfully for practice inspection.

Latest Scottish Dental News

New NHS Scotland Model Complaints Handling Procedure

18th July 2017

The new NHSS Model Complaints Handling Procedure developed under the direction of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) came into effect on 1 April 2017 for use by NHS Bodies and primary care service providers, including dentists. The SDCEP Practice Support Manual (login required) now provides background information about the new procedure and includes updated complaints handling… Read More

SDCEP – Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance – 3rd edition now available

11th July 2017

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme  (SDCEP)  has now launched the third edition of its Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance.  This guidance aims to promote good clinical practice through recommendations for the safe and effective provision of conscious sedation for dental care. The guidance has been subject to a thorough update using SDCEP’s NICE accredited methodology taking… Read More