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Quality Improvement (Clinical Audit) update - Scotland

16 April 2019

Primary care dentists in Scotland are reminded that the end of the third year of the current 3-year clinical audit cycle runs until the end of July 2019. Dentists are advised to read NHS Education for Scotland guidance before starting any Quality Improvement (QI) activity.

Practitioners who registered in Scotland up to and including 1 August 2016 need to carry out 15 hours of clinical audit/QI activities by the end of July. This includes Vocational Practitioners who began vocational training on 1 August 2016 and moved to become and associate in August 2017.  

Dentists in Scotland who joined a Scottish Health Board’s list between 2 August 2016 and 31 December 2016 must complete 10 hours by the end of July.

If a dentist joined a Health Board’s list between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, they must complete five hours by the end of July.

For dentists who joined the Health Board’s list between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018, zero hours are required by the end of July.  

Dentists should contact their local Health Board if they have any queries about starting and stopping work, being listed or unlisted, maternity leave, sickness and other types of absence. 

The new clinical audit / QI cycle will begin on 1 August 2019 and will run until 31 July 2022.

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