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

Sedation Practice Inspection (SPI) Checklist Revision

1st August 2018

Following publication of SDCEP’s Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance in 2017, a Sedation Practice Inspection (SPI) Working Group was convened to update the current SPI Checklist taking into consideration feedback received during the CPI/SPI consultation in 2016 and recommendations in the new guidance. All revisions to the latest SPI Checklist (dated v1 July 2018) have been… Read More

GDP Survey -Scottish Dental Needs Assessment Programme (SDNAP)

24th July 2018

The Scottish Dental Needs Assessment Programme (SDNAP) is investigating the provision of dental services to adults of age 45 and over (45-64 and 65+). We have put together this short questionnaire to gather information on the provision of dental care to adults of age 45 and over by general dental practitioners (GDP) and I would… Read More