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COVID-19: latest guidance for Scotland

Last updated: 26 November, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine and priority for dental professionals

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published interim advice on prioritisation for COVID-19 vaccination. This advice includes priority for the vaccination of all health and social care workers. Dental professionals have asked if they are included in the definition of “health and social care workers.”

On 24 November, Jo Churchill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care), confirmed that “health and social care workers” does include “all dental practitioners.”

The JCVI’s interim advice is available on the gov.uk website.

Scottish Dental

Find the latest information from NHS Scotland and the Office of Chief Dental Officer Scotland on the Scottish Dental website, including the updated NHS Scotland Standard Operating Procedures for Dental TeamsRemobilisation of NHS Dental Services: Phase 4, and COVID-19 updates.

On 11 November the CDOs of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland released a joint letter to the UK dental profession outlining guidance and support available through the second COVID-19 wave.

On 20 October the COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix was published, containing updated, UK-wide guidance for NHS, private and independent dental settings.

Health Protection Scotland

The latest guidance for dental teams is available from the Health Protection Scotland website.

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP)

To support practitioners working in primary dental care, the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has developed a Practice Recovery toolkit which includes a guide and associated implementation tools. 

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has produced guidance for independent dental care providers about the phased reopening of services, alongside a letter from the Chief Dental Officer and Acting Chief Medical Officer Scotland.

You can find more information from Healthcare Improvement Scotland on their website.