Dentistry in Primary Care Collaborative

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is running an 18 month pilot improvement collaborative across dentistry in primary care settings. It is an exciting and unique opportunity for dental practice teams to take part in a ground-breaking project to test interventions and tools.

Following a national recruitment process, Healthcare Improvement Scotland is pleased to announce the NHS boards who are taking part are:

  1. NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  2. NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  3. NHS Fife

The collaborative was initially due to run until December 2016 but this has been extended to 31 March 2017. During this time, dental practice teams and their patients will: 

  • learn more about improvement methodology 
  • pilot the use of tools and interventions to deliver safer, more reliable care 
  • explore their safety climate by undertaking a safety climate survey, and 
  • share learning within their teams, within their NHS boards and with other NHS boards. 

The participating NHS boards have recruited a dentistry clinical lead, and five dental practice teams, to work together on testing the tools and interventions. The learning from this project will support further testing involving more NHS boards and a wider range of dental practices.