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Quality improvement (research)

Quality Improvement (QI) activity in Dental Practice is a NHS terms and conditions of service requirement. Most dentists working in the GDS are eligible to claim funding for certified QI activity. More information can be accessed at (Word)

Under the new arrangements for Quality Improvement activity, participation in many dental practice-based research projects carried out by the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN), universities and health boards will be eligible for up to seven hours QI credit in each three-year QI cycle.

Eligible projects will be practice based and will explore the quality of dental care including projects that focus on the safety, effectiveness, person-centredness, timeliness, efficiency or equity of dental care. Dental research QI hours will be administered by SDPBRN via the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Portal. More details about these new arrangements are available at (Word).

Recognition of the impact of participating in research on the quality of dental care delivery is an exciting new development for dentistry in Scotland and SDPBRN is delighted to have been given the opportunity to help take this forward. Further information can be found by accessing the links below.

Quality improvement (audit)

SDPBRN also supports the development of national QI (Audit) projects.

It should be noted that while NES intends to deal with Quality Improvement reports in strict confidence, please be aware that where there are overwhelming clinical or ethical reasons to do so, NES may be obliged to take further action which may include sharing information from the report with relevant professional bodies.


QI (research) information

QI (research) application

QI (research) portfolio

Partner programmes