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National Dental Inspection Programme

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National Dental Inspection Programme

The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) gathers appropriate information to inform parents of the dental/oral health status of their children; and through appropriately anonymised, aggregated data advises the Scottish Government, NHS boards and other organisations concerned with children's health of the oral disease prevalence in their area. The 2003 inspection was the first and pilot year of the new NDIP programme and concerned only Primary 1 children. It now includes both Primary 1 and Primary 7 children.

The inspection programme has two levels:

  • A Basic Inspection, which all children in Primary 1 and Primary 7 receive.
  • A Detailed (epidemiological) Inspection, for a representative sample of this group, concerning P1 and P7 children in alternate years.

ISD also assists in the annual role of analysing and producing reports for a national training and calibration programme for examination teams involved in NDIP.

NHS boards and Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) have an essential need for data from NDIP for targeted delivery of oral health improvement programmes: accordingly, ISD further supports the wider service by providing the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) with bespoke analysis of data from the Basic component of NDIP for profile indicator 51 ("Dental health in P7"), which covers all children in their final year at primary school

The 2015 NDIP report and its executive summary were published by ISD Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Dental Epidemiology Coordinating Committee on 27th October 2015.

Please note: CHPs ceased to exist legally on 1st April 2015; as a result, this will be the final year of CHP level reporting. Going forward Local Authority / Community Planning Partnership results will be presented within the NDIP Report.


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