Welcome

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.

Highlights

  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter October 2019

    Latest Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter October 2019 available here.
  • Congratulations to our SDPBRN REP Fraser McDonald!

    Please join us in congratulating our long standing SDPBRN REP, Fraser McDonald, for winning both the ‘Clinician of the Year Award’ and the ‘General Practice of the Year Award’. Fraser is the sole practitioner at his Shawlands Cross practice in Glasgow, which he has been running for 30 years. Read more details at above link. Congratulations Fraser, here’s to another 30 years!
  • General Data Protection Regulations - privacy notice update

    SDPBRN operates within NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Although no information is collected through this website, see our updated privacy and data protection notice on how NES manages personally identifiable information.
  • QI (Research)

    Under the new arrangements for Quality Improvement (QI) activities, participation in many dental research projects will be eligible for up to five hours QI (Research) activity in each three-year QI cycle. QI (Research) 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.

Latest Scottish Dental News

Becoming a Vocational Trainer

28th October 2019

The application process is now open for Trainers for Dental Vocational Training and Therapist Vocational Training in Scotland for 2020/21 Read More

National Dental Inspection Program (NDIP) 2019 Report

22nd October 2019

The latest findings of the Detailed Inspection programme of P7 children in school year 2018/19  have now been released by the Information Services Division (ISD). The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) is carried out annually under the auspices of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Co-ordinating Committee on behalf of NHS Boards. Main points Children’s dental health is continuing… Read More