The Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN) operates as part of the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream within NHS Education for Scotland‘s Dental Directorate. The aim of SDPBRN is to promote the implementation of evidence-based practice in Scotland through the partnership and participation of all providers of primary dental care in the conduct of high quality research and the dissemination of the increasing body of evidence relevant to dental primary care.

SDPBRN works in partnership with the other four Clinical Effectiveness Workstream programmes:

SDPBRN is funded by NHS Education for Scotland and supported by the School of Dentistry,  University of Dundee; the University of Glasgow Dental School; and the Edinburgh Dental Institute, University of Edinburgh.

Please browse our site to learn more about SDPBRN, how we work and the projects undertaken.


  • SDPBRN Newsletter September 2016

    Read the latest SDPBRN Newsletter
  • Audit

    Under the new arrangements for clinical audit, participation in many dental research projects will be eligible for up to five hours audit credit in each three year clinical audit cycle. Dental research audit hours will be administered by SDPBRN via the NHS Education for Scotland Portal.
  • Combined Practice Inspection

    The Combined Practice Inspection (CPI) for dental practices in Scotland was first introduced in January 2013. SDPBRN assisted in the piloting of the CPI and in the process of reviewing and updating the current CPI.
  • Become a Rapid Evaluation Practitioner (REP)

    Use your expertise to inform important aspects of practice and policy by becoming an SDPBRN Rapid Evaluation Practitioner (REP). Find out more.
  • Developing an Oral Health Information System in Scotland

    SDPBRN has carried out a pilot study to investigate the feasibility of gathering epidemiological oral health information in dental practices and is currently working with the SGHD Adult Dental Health Survey Working Group to take forward wider implementation of this initiative in primary care practice.
  • INTERVAL Spring 2015

    Read the latest INTERVAL dental recall trial newsletter

Latest Scottish Dental News

Emergency Dental Box 2017 Update

16th February 2017

Following changes to the BNF’s guidelines for the management of medical emergencies in dental practice, Tayside Pharmaceuticals has updated the Dental Emergency Kit that it supplies to dentists across Scotland. The change involves the removal of Midazolam 10mg/2ml ampoules which previously could be administered by the buccal route, and replaced by Midazolam Oromucosal Solution (Buccolam).… Read More

Open consultation -updated SDCEP Conscious Sedation in Dentistry guidance

5th January 2017

The draft  updated Scottish Dental clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP)  guidance on Conscious Sedation in Dentistry is now available for consultation. The consultation period ends on  Friday 3rd February 2017. This third edition updates the SDCEP 2012 Conscious Sedation in Dentistry . It has been subject to a thorough update using SDCEP’s NICE accredited methodology taking into account… Read More