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.


  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter Spring 2022

    The latest edition of the Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter is now available.
  • CAREER (COVID-19: Dental health professionals: a longitudinal study of uncertainties, Anxieties and pREparednEss for pRactice)

    A longitudinal research study seeking to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the anxiety, feelings of uncertainty and preparedness for practice of early career dental health professionals and dental health professionals working in a primary care setting in Scotland.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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

HND in Dental Hygine

13th May 2022

We are delighted that Tom Ferris, Chief Dental Officer for Scotland, has supported our new HND Dental Hygiene programme, taking place at our Coatbridge Campus. Starting in August 2022, this programme is led by current Dental Hygienists and educational experts offering experienced GDC registered dental nurses the opportunity to study in a vibrant, innovative college… Read the full article

New PSD Senior Dental Adviser

13th May 2022

NHS National Services Scotland are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Senior Dental Adviser in Practitioner Services (PSD). Mr. Gerard Boyle has been appointed to the role previously held by Mr. Alan Whittet, who is retiring. Gerard Boyle has spent over 30 years in general dental practice, most of this time as a… Read the full article