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Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP)

SDCEP aims to support dental teams by providing evidence-based guidance on topics identified as priorities for dentistry in Scotland.

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What is SDCEP?

SDCEP is an initiative of the National Dental Advisory Committee (NDAC) in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES). SDCEP is funded by the Scottish Government Health Directorates and contributes to NES's role in implementing the Scottish Government's Dental Action Plan.

SDCEP comprises the core Programme Development Team, based within NES's Dental Directorate, and several guidance development groups.

What we do

The primary aim of SDCEP is to provide user-friendly, evidence-based guidance to support dental teams' clinical and organisational decision-making and assist dental teams in providing the best possible dental care for their patients. The guidance takes a variety of forms, decision support tools, an online manual to support the running of primary care dental practices and an iPhone® app.

How we work

Our guidance development groups comprise individuals with a particular interest or experience in priority areas of dental practice and, where applicable, professionals from other relevant disciplines. The guidance recommendations may be based on a variety of sources of information, including research evidence, guidelines, legislation, policies and expert opinion as appropriate to the subject. SDCEP guidance takes a variety of forms to suit the diverse topics being addressed.

Recognising that publication of guidance alone is likely to have a limited influence on practice, SDCEP also contributes to the research and development of interventions to enhance the translation of guidance recommendations into practice through its participation in the TRiaDS (Translation Research in a Dental Setting) collaboration.

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has awarded accreditation to the process used by SDCEP to develop dental clinical guidance.

NICE accreditation is valid for five years from 15 March 2016 and 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. SDCEP’s guidance development process is the only one with NICE accreditation that focuses on dental healthcare.

SDCEP Publications

  • Conscious Sedation in Dentistry
  • Decontamination into Practice - including Cleaning and Sterilization of Dental Instruments, and Decontamination Management
  • Drug Prescribing For Dentistry - also available as iOS® and Android® apps
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Management of Acute Dental Problems - also available as a webapp
  • Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs
  • Oral Health Assessment and Review
  • Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
  • Practice Support Manual
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children
  • Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care

For more information about SDCEP, contact:

Liz Payne or Margaret Mooney
SDCEP Administrators
Dundee Dental Education Centre
Frankland Building
Smalls Wynd
Tel: 01382 425751