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 June 2020 (PDF)

    The latest Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter June 2020 is available from the link above.
  • SDCEP COVID-19 Guide Findings from a National Survey

    To support SDCEP develop further resources for dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, a national survey asking for dentists’ views about additional information that should be included in the guide and the key advice that would be most helpful for patients was conducted. A summary of the results can be found here.
  • What does my patient think during COVID-19? A twitter analysis

    We are undertaking a social media analysis of twitter communications to understand the public’s dental problems and awareness of what to do about such problems. This work will inform preparations for remobilisation of dental services. Research protocol of methods for the work can be found 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

Providing Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) in Practice

8th August 2020

A new Memorandum PCA(D)2020 (11) has been issued providing guidance on the provision of certain AGPs in practice from the 17th August. This includes the following ‘Rule of Thumb’ which should be followed until further definitive advice is available:  For a treatment room with more than 10 air changes per hour (ACH) and which can… Read More

Ventilation, water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19

4th August 2020

This SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) on ventilation water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19 was developed by a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) that included all devolved administrations, representatives from Public Health England (PHE) and academia (see table below). The purpose of the short life working group was to review and… Read More