Resources for COVID-19

SDCEP has developed several resources for use during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

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) and the Quality Improvement in Practice Training (QIiPT) team. These comprise the Clinical Effectiveness workstream of NHS Education for Scotland’s Dental Directorate. SDCEP also collaborates with the Cochrane Oral Health Group.

SDCEP also provides its guidance via the Dental Companion app.


  • NICE Accreditation

    NICE Accreditation of SDCEP’s guidance development process extended for five years. View details at NICE Accreditation.

  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter October 2021 (PDF)

    The latest edition of the Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter October 2021 is now available.
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    Update to Drug Prescribing Edition 3 now available

    This update includes information on amendments to the latest edition of the British National Formulary (BNF 81), which was published in March 2021, and also incorporates information from the update previously issued in June 2017.
  • Supplement to Drug Prescribing guidance now available

    A supplement to the Prescribing guidance, which provides details of the contraindications and cautions which should be taken into account when prescribing analgesics or antibiotics in dental practice, is now available.
  • Ventilation Information for Dentistry

    SDCEP has compiled a summary of currently available information on ventilation, with a focus on advice and information that has relevance for dental facilities.
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry

    Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry - A Rapid Review was published in September 2020 and updated on 19 April 2021.

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    Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice Documents

    A comparison of the five main UK return-to-practice guidance and standard operating procedure documents is available. The level of agreement across the source documents should provide reassurance to dental professionals in every area of the UK.
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    COVID-19: Practice Recovery

    SDCEP has developed a Practice Recovery Toolkit, which provides advice and implementation tools to support primary care dental practice in Phase 2 of remobilisation of dental services.
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    Emergency Dental Care

    For advice on managing care for patients with a dental emergency. This guidance can be applied to suit local circumstances.

Latest Scottish Dental News

NHSGG&C Pecos PPE Direct Ordering

22nd November 2021

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Pecos PPE Direct Ordering – Ordering & Deliveries over Christmas/New Year arrangements have changed;  the ordering deadline is now – 10th Dec 12 noon  Deliveries will commence in week beginning the 20th – 24th Dec. Read the full article

NICE accreditation for SDCEP extended for 5 years

4th November 2021

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has just announced that their application to renew thie NICE accreditation has been approved. This means that all guidance developed using the processed described in thier Guidance Development Manual can be awarded NICE accreditation. Further information is available from their website Read the full article