The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) provides user-friendly, evidence-based guidance to support dental teams to provide high quality healthcare that is safe, effective and person centred.

SDCEP works in partnership with the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) collaboration, the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN), the Quality Improvement in Practice Team (QIiPT), and the Scottish Dental Postgraduate Fellowship (SDPF). These comprise the Clinical Effectiveness workstream of NHS Education for Scotland’s Dental Directorate. SDCEP also collaborates with the Cochrane Oral Health Group.

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  • Restricting the Use of Dental Amalgam - Implementation Advice published June 2018

    This advice aims to support dental professionals across the UK in implementing new environmental restrictions on dental amalgam use in specific patient groups.
  • Caries in Children - second edition published May 2018

    This updated guidance aims to further support dental teams to improve and maintain the oral health of their younger patients through the delivery of preventive care and, where necessary, effective management of dental caries.
  • General Data Protection Regulations - privacy notice update

    SDCEP operates within NHS Education for Scotland (NES). See our updated privacy and data protection notice on how NES manages personally identifiable information.
  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter May 2018

    Read the latest Dental Clinical Effectiveness newsletter.
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis

    The consultation on this implementation advice is now closed. Thank you to all who provided feedback.
  • 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 applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Guidance Development Process Manual.
  • 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

Opportunity to participate in eDelphi Study to develop core outcomes set for caries treatment interventions?

28th June 2018

A team of researchers from the University of Dundee are conducting a consensus study to identify core outcomes when assessing the effects of  treatment interventions for managing carious lesions. The consensus study contributes to the international Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials initiative, which attempts to bring together patients, clinicians and researchers to identify which outcomes… Read More

Amendment No. 138 to Statement of Dental Remuneration SDR

15th June 2018

A new amendment to the Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) has now been released. Memorandum PCA(D)(2018)8)  advises of new arrangements relating to the phasing down of dental amalgam and outlines changes being brought into affect in amendment No. 138 to the SDR. Amendment No 138 to the SDR can be downloaded from our SDR page.     Read More