7 April 2016
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the practice was meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
The inspection took place on the 16 March 2016 and was undertaken by a CQC inspector and two dental specialist advisors. Prior to the inspection we reviewed information submitted by the provider.
The methods used to carry out this inspection included speaking with the practice manager, dentist, two dental nurses, one hygienist and reception staff on the day of the inspection, reviewing documents, completed patient feedback forms and observations.
To get to the heart of patients’ experiences of care and treatment, we always ask the following five questions:
- Is it safe?
- Is it effective?
- Is it caring?
- Is it responsive to people’s needs?
- Is it well-led?
These questions therefore formed the framework for the areas we looked at during the inspection.
7 April 2016
We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 16 March 2016 to ask the practice the following key questions; Are services safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?
Our findings were:
Are services safe?
We found that this practice was providing safe care in accordance with the relevant regulations
Are services effective?
We found that this practice was providing effective care in accordance with the relevant regulations
Are services caring?
We found that this practice was providing caring services in accordance with the relevant regulations
Are services responsive?
We found that this practice was providing responsive care in accordance with the relevant regulations
Are services well-led?
We found that this practice was providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations
The Sunbury Dental Practice provides NHS and private dental treatment to patients of all ages in Sunbury-on-Thames and the surrounding areas.
Practice staffing consists of 12 dentists, three hygienist, seven dental nurses, three receptionists and a practice manager.
The principal dentist is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an individual. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the practice is run.
The practice is open Monday 8am to 8pm, Tuesday 9am to 8pm, Wednesday 8am to 6pm, Thursday 8am to 8pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm
The practice facilities include four treatment rooms, reception and waiting area, decontamination room, X-ray room, office and a staff room/kitchen.
92 patients provided feedback about the service. Patients we spoke with and those who completed comment cards were very positive about the care they received and the service. Patients told us that they were happy with the treatment and advice they had received.
Our key findings were:
- There were systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. Dental instruments were cleaned and sterilised in line with current guidance.
- There were systems in place to ensure that all equipment was maintained in line with manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Staff had received safeguarding children and adults training and knew the processes to follow to raise any concerns. The practice had whistleblowing policies and procedure and staff were aware of these and their responsibilities to report any concerns.
- The practice ensured staff were trained and that they maintained the necessary skills and competence to support the needs of patients.
- There were sufficient numbers of suitably qualified staff to meet the needs of patients.
- Staff had been trained to handle medical emergencies, and appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were readily available.
- Patients received clear explanations about their proposed treatment, costs, benefits and risks and were involved in making decisions about it.
- Patients were treated with dignity and respect and confidentiality was maintained.
- The appointment system met the needs of patients and waiting times were kept to a minimum.
- The practice had a procedure for handling and responding to complaints, which were displayed and available to patients.
- Governance systems were effective and there were a range of policies and procedures in place which underpinned the management of the practice. Clinical and non-clinical audits were carried out to monitor the quality of services.
- The practice sought feedback from staff and patients about the services they provided and acted on this to improve its services.