The National Dental Inspection Programme

The National Dental Inspection Programme (NDIP) is a website for Scottish dentists who conduct annual inspections of children’s oral health.

The Challenge

The National Dental Inspection Programme is required to train around 200 dentists each year to carry out oral inspections accurately and reliably. With inspectors based as far apart as Lerwick and Dumfries, there is a substantial cost and organisational challenge in arranging standardised training.

<p>The NDIP website provides training and validation for dentists who are inspecting children’s teeth for caries and other common disorders.</p>

The NDIP website provides training and validation for dentists who are inspecting children’s teeth for caries and other common disorders.

<p>From our bank of 200 expert-validated questions, users can take a randomised test, review their performance and generate certificate (if they meet the pass mark!)</p>

From our bank of 200 expert-validated questions, users can take a randomised test, review their performance and generate certificate (if they meet the pass mark!)

The Solution

We worked closely with the NDIP management team to validate a library of images to test dentists’ ability to accurately identify up to eight different oral health conditions.

We built a content management system, based on WordPress, to generate training slides and a randomised test from this library.  A certificate is issued to users if they meet the required standard.

The client benefits from a number of user-friendly administrative functions, including learner-tracking and a “debug mode” that helps expert assessors to agree the definitive answer for a given image.

P7 % without visible decay

By revalidating annually using the NDIP training website, NHS inspectors have identified a marked improvement in the oral health of Scotland’s children since the turn of the millenium.

The system is simple and intuitive for all users and compatible with IE8 or later.

Over 300 inspectors and facilitators are now registered with the site and using it to help them assess the oral health of Scotland’s children.

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