COVID-19: latest guidance for Scotland

Last updated: 19 July, 2021

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

For individuals who are interested in becoming vaccinators, including those with prior experience, such as retired clinicians, roles are being advertised on the NHS Scotland Recruitment website. Recruitment will be ongoing over the coming months, so please check for regular updates.

The core training to become a vaccinator can be found on the NES website.

For those in primary care, national terms and conditions have been negotiated to enable independent contractors to participate in vaccination delivery, on a sessional basis, on behalf of a NHS Scotland Board. Please contact the NHS Board in your practice area to explore these opportunities.  

Volunteering in a non-clinical capacity is being coordinated by the British Red Cross. Offers to volunteer on this basis should be emailed to: [email protected]

The information above can also be found on the Scottish Government website.

All other offers, such as premises, should be sent to: [email protected]


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.

The CDO issued a letter on 29 June announcing the suspension of the link between General Dental Services (GDS) activity and tiered financial support for the large majority of practices.

A letter was jointly issued on 8 January by Scotland’s CDO and the National Clinical Director, describing newly introduced amendments to COVID-19 regulations affecting private and independent clinics. Specifically, it states by law private dentistry in Scotland must not currently provide cosmetic or aesthetic procedures.

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)

On the 25 January, the SDCEP issued an update to Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry – A Rapid Review within a new appendix and as a standalone document.

To support practitioners working in primary dental care, the 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.

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and College of General Dentistry (CGDent) 

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and College of General Dentistry (CGDent) have published Dentistry during COVID-19: Psychological advice for dental teams, policy makers, and communicators.

Developed by psychologists from the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Health Psychology, it offers straightforward suggestions to address common challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in dental practices, and lists resources and organisations which can support dental professionals’ mental wellbeing.