Programme achieves a notable first

SDCEP receives NICE accreditation

31 May, 2016 / infocus
 

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has become the first dental initiative to receive accreditation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE accreditation signifies independent recognition of the rigorous, high-quality process that SDCEP uses to produce guidance. It aims to “help health and social care professionals identify the most robustly produced guidance available, enabling them to deliver high-quality care”.

Caroline Lamb, chief executive of NES, said: “The SDCEP team is to be congratulated on achieving NICE accreditation. This is an excellent example of one of the many high-quality initiatives delivered by NES that inform and develop the healthcare workforce in Scotland and beyond to enhance patient care.”

Professor Martin Underwood, chair of the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee, said: “I am delighted to congratulate the programme on this achievement. The process used to produce the dental clinical guidance is systematic and transparent, with consideration of the strength of the evidence and benefits, risks and side effects.”

According to SDCEP director Professor Jan Clarkson, the programme’s partnership with Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) – also part of NHS Education for Scotland – has been crucial to ultimately securing accreditation.

TRiaDS helps identify stakeholder views, current practice and potential barriers to implementation of guidance recommendations. It also informs, designs and tests theoretically guided interventions to promote guidance implementation.

“We are delighted to have successfully achieved NICE accreditation,” Professor Clarkson said.

“This is not only recognition of the high-quality guidance that SDCEP provides to improve patient care but also testament to TRiaDS’ invaluable contribution to support its translation into everyday practice.”

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