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 guidance update - Consultation

    Consultation is now closed.
    Thank you to all who provided feedback.
  • MRONJ Consultation Now Closed

    The consultation on draft guidance Oral Health Management of Patients Prescribed Anti-resorptive or Anti-angiogenic Drugs is now closed.

    Thank you to all who provided feedback.
  • Dental Prescribing Android App

    The Dental Prescribing app is now available for use on Android smartphones and tablets.

    The app provides mobile access to the latest dentally relevant information to facilitate drug prescribing within primary care dental practice.

  • 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).
  • Drug Prescribing For Dentistry

    SDCEP has published updated guidance (January 2016) on drug prescribing in primary care dental practice. Follow the link to read more and to access the guidance.
  • Decontamination Into Practice

    SDCEP's decontamination guidance was reviewed in January 2016 and remains unchanged and extant.
  • Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs

    SDCEP has published new guidance (August 2015) to assist dental practitioners in the management of treatment for patients who are taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs. A webinar about the guidance is also available to view. Follow the link to read more and to access the guidance.
  • 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

Recommendations on use of fluoride toothpaste & supplements in Scotland

24th March 2017

Despite continuing improvements, dental caries is still a significant problem in Scotland. Application of fluoride varnish at least twice a year and twice daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste together with reducing the frequency of consumption of sugar in foods and drinks, especially between meals and in the evening, are key elements of effective caries prevention.… Read More

Oral Health & Dental Services for Children- Needs Assessment Report Launched

17th March 2017

At a meeting at Stirling University today the Scottish Dental Needs Assessment Programme (SDNAP) is launching its latest report on Oral Health and Dental Services for Children. The report was undertaken to assess the current service provision and to clarify the workforce required to sustain the service. It was undertaken against the background of improving… Read More