In 1997, the Scottish Dental Access Initiative (SDAI) was introduced to improve access to General Dental Services (GDS) in parts of Scotland. Since then the SDAI has been reviewed several times and changes made to both the terms and conditions and the amount of grant available.
The Scottish Dental Access Initiative (SDAI) was introduced to improve access to General Dental Services in areas of Scotland
From 1 February 2018, the SDAI has been revised to reflect the improvements in access to GDS in many areas.
From that date offers of financial assistance under the scheme will be available to contractors, whether dentist contractors or DBC contractors, who are willing to make a sustained commitment to the NHS and who wish to:
- establish new or extend existing NHS dental practices in a designated area where the relevant NHS Board has identified particular areas where access to GDS availability is poor (unmet demand)
- purchase an existing NHS dental practice (maintain NHS provision) in a designated area.
A designated area is defined as:
- Invergordon, Wick, Nairn and Lochgilphead within NHS Highland
- Dalmellington and Patna within NHS Ayrshire and Arran.