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 Team (QIiPT). 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.


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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.
  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter April 2021 (PDF)

    The latest edition of the Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter April 2021 is now available.

Latest Scottish Dental News

GDC announce new Chair and Council Member

15th July 2021

Today the General Dental Council (GDC) has announced its new Chair, Baron Harris of Haringey (“Lord Toby Harris”) and new registrant Council Member Angie Heilmann MBE. They will both take up their new posts on 1 October 2021. Paul Cushley, Dental Director, National Services Scotland reminds us that Scotland’s voice at the GDC and the… Read the full article

CDO Letter – Infection Prevention and Control guidance

8th July 2021

In a letter today the Chief Dental Officer has provided an update on some forthcoming actions in relation to infection prevention and control IPC guidance.  It indicates that work is underway, led by Public Health England but involving all UK countries, to examine government policy for people who have been vaccinated, this work includes:  A… Read the full article