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NICE Accreditation

NICE_Accreditation_CMYKIn March 2016, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) awarded accreditation to the process used by NES’s Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) to develop dental clinical guidance.

NICE accreditation is valid for five years from 15 March 2016 and is retrospectively applicable to SDCEP’s guidance produced using processes described in the current Guidance Development Process Manual, namely Prevention and Management of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care and Management of Dental Patients Prescribed Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs.

NICE accreditation signifies independent recognition of the rigorous, high quality process that SDCEP uses to produce guidance. Users of NICE accredited guidance can have high confidence in the quality of the information provided. Accredited guidance is highlighted and available worldwide through the NICE Evidence Search portal. SDCEP’s guidance development process is the only one with NICE accreditation that focuses on dental healthcare.

Professor Martin Underwood, Chair of the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee said, “I am delighted to congratulate the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme on this achievement. The process used to produce the Dental Clinical Guidance is systematic and transparent, with consideration of the strength of the evidence and benefits, risks and side effects.

“I would particularly like to commend the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme on its use of focus groups and surveys to gather patients’ views and preferences, which was seen as a particular strength of their process.”

SDCEP’s close partnership with the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) collaboration has been crucial to the success of SDCEP’s application for NICE accreditation. It is through the work of TRiaDS that stakeholder views, current practice and potential barriers to implementation of guidance recommendations are identified and guidance implementation is evaluated. TRiaDS also informs, designs and tests theoretically guided interventions to promote guidance implementation. In this way, TRiaDS is adding to our understanding of professional behaviour change in healthcare – informing which interventions work and in what circumstances.

SDCEP Director Professor Jan Clarkson said, “We are delighted to have successfully achieved NICE accreditation. This is not only recognition of the high quality guidance that SDCEP provides to improve patient care but also testament to TRiaDS’ invaluable contribution to support its translation into everyday practice.”

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NES said, “The SDCEP team is to be congratulated on achieving NICE accreditation. This is an excellent example of one of the many high quality initiatives delivered by NES that inform and develop the healthcare workforce in Scotland and beyond to enhance patient care.”

Further details of the NICE accreditation programme, including the final accreditation report for SDCEP, are available at: www.nice.org.uk/accreditation.