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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  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis Against Infective Endocarditis

    Draft advice to facilitate the implementation of the amended NICE Clinical Guideline 64 'Prophylaxis against infective endocarditis' is available for consultation until 31st January 2018.

    Follow the link to read more and to access the consultation draft.
  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter October 2017

    Read the latest Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter
  • 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 guidance has been published.

    The Dental Prescribing app has also been updated. For technical reasons, Android users should delete their current app and reinstall from Google Play to ensure access to the latest prescribing information.
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children

    The consultation on the update of this guidance is now closed. Thank you to all who provided feedback.
  • 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.
  • 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

Radiation Protection Legislation Changes – PSM update

17th January 2018

Changes to legislation relating to radiation protection will be taking place in 2018, including a new HSE notification process. All dental practices must re-register with HSE by 5th February 2018. A guide to registering is now available through the  SDCEP Practice Support manual (PSM) Read More

Have Your Say – Help Shape the Future of Oral and Dental Health Research

10th January 2018

James Lind Alliance Oral and Dental Health Priority Setting Partnership  Oral and Dental research in the UK is world-leading. Nevertheless, it is fragmented and does not receive the funds it deserves, resulting in a small National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio of research, and a possible shortage of evidence to inform decision making. One… Read More