The Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) Programme operates as part of the Clinical Effectiveness Workstream, within NHS Education for Scotland‘s Dental Directorate, to support the translation of knowledge into practice. TRiaDS is a multidisciplinary research collaboration embedded within the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) guidance development process.  TRiaDS aims to develop and evaluate the implementation of strategies to improve the knowledge-to-practice gap in primary care dentistry in Scotland.

To develop and test interventions to enhance the translation of guidance recommendations into practice, TRiaDS works in partnership with the other four Clinical Effectiveness Workstream programmes: SDCEP; the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN) and the Quality Improvement in Practice Training (QIiPT) team.

Drawing on experience gained in applying this approach within dental practice, the TRiaDS methodology has also been applied within optometry and pharmacy.

Please browse our site to learn more about the TRiaDS collaboration, methodology and projects undertaken.


  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter Spring 2022

    The latest edition of the Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter is now available.
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    SDCEP COVID-19 Guide Findings from a National Survey

    To support SDCEP develop further resources for dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, a national survey asking for dentists’ views about additional information that should be included in the guide and the key advice that would be most helpful for patients was conducted. A summary of the results can be found here.
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    What does my patient think during COVID-19? A twitter analysis

    We are undertaking a social media analysis of twitter communications to understand the public’s dental problems and awareness of what to do about such problems. This work will inform preparations for remobilisation of dental services. Research protocol of methods for the work can be found here.
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    General Data Protection Regulations - privacy notice update

    TRiaDS operates within NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Although no information is collected through this website, see our updated privacy and data protection notice on how NES manages personally identifiable information.
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    NICE Accreditation of SDCEP Guidance Process

    NICE has accredited the process used by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme to produce Dental Clinical Guidance. TRiaDS' close partnership with SDCEP played a crucial role in achieving NICE accreditation.
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    Reducing Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry (RAPiD)

    Find out more about RAPiD (Reducing Antibiotic Prescribing in Dentistry), a national randomised controlled trial aimed at reducing antibiotic prescribing by primary care dentists in Scotland.
  • Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care

    Find out more about how TRiaDS is working to implement this guidance published by SDCEP
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    Practice Support Manual

    The Practice Support Manual is a website developed by SDCEP to support dental practice management.
    Recent additions include: Management of Sharps, Protecting Vulnerable Groups, Medical Emergencies Procedure Template
    Recent amendments include: Health Clearance and Immunisation
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    Developing an Oral Health Information System in Scotland

    SDCEP Practice Based Research Network has carried out a pilot study to investigate the feasibility of gathering epidemiological oral health information in dental practices and is currently working with the SGHD Adult Dental Health Survey Working Group to take forward wider implementation of this initiative in primary care practice.

Latest Scottish Dental News

HND in Dental Hygine

13th May 2022

We are delighted that Tom Ferris, Chief Dental Officer for Scotland, has supported our new HND Dental Hygiene programme, taking place at our Coatbridge Campus. Starting in August 2022, this programme is led by current Dental Hygienists and educational experts offering experienced GDC registered dental nurses the opportunity to study in a vibrant, innovative college… Read the full article

New PSD Senior Dental Adviser

13th May 2022

NHS National Services Scotland are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Senior Dental Adviser in Practitioner Services (PSD). Mr. Gerard Boyle has been appointed to the role previously held by Mr. Alan Whittet, who is retiring. Gerard Boyle has spent over 30 years in general dental practice, most of this time as a… Read the full article