Practice ‘recovery toolkit’ published
A practice ‘recovery toolkit’ has been published by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP).
It follows the letter from Scotland’s Chief Dental Officer on 20 May outlining a phased approach to the remobilisation of dental services after closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phase two of this approach is focused on the restarting of dental practices. SDCEP said the aim of the Practice Recovery Toolkit is to provide advice and implementation tools to support primary care dental practices specifically concerning Phase two of remobilisation.
The Practice Recovery Toolkit comprises:
- resuming dental services guide;
- patient COVID-19 screening questions;
- patient management flowchart;
- template notice for practice entrances;
- practice reopening checklist.
SDCEP said it was a ‘living resource’ which may be amended after publication to incorporate minor improvements following in-use feedback from the profession, as new information becomes available or as circumstances evolve in the weeks ahead.
The practice recovery resources have been developed by the SDCEP guidance development team in consultation with a range of experienced and expert dental professionals with patient input. A list of direct contributors is provided in the practice recovery guide.
The advice provided is based on the latest information derived from NHS Scotland and other UK publications. It also draws on various resources developed to support similar remobilisation activities in other countries. A review of these has also been published.