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Inspection carried out on 28/04/2017

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 28 April 2017 under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. We planned the inspection to check whether the registered provider was meeting the legal requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations. The inspection was led by a CQC inspector who was supported by a specialist dental adviser.

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 form the framework for the areas we look at during the inspection.

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.

Background

Williams Dental Practice is a dental practice providing NHS treatment for children and private treatment for both adults and children. The practice is based in a converted domestic dwelling in Marlborough, Wiltshire.

The dental team includes three dentists, four dental nurses, two receptionists, four dental hygienists and a practice manager. The practice has two treatment rooms.

The practice is owned by a partnership and as a condition of registration must have a person registered with the Care Quality Commission as the registered manager. Registered managers 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 registered manager at Williams Dental Practice Marlborough was the principal dentist.

On the day of inspection we collected 10 CQC comment cards filled in by patients. This information gave us a positive view of the practice.

During the inspection we spoke with two dentists, two dental nurses, a dental hygienist and the practice manager. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open: Monday to Friday 7:45am – 6:30pm and most Saturday’s 7:45am – 2:45pm

Our key findings were:

  • We found that the practice ethos was to provide high quality patient centred dental care in a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • Effective leadership was provided by the clinicians and an empowered practice manager.
  • Staff had been trained to handle emergencies and appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment was readily available in accordance with current guidelines.
  • The practice appeared clean and well maintained.
  • There was appropriate equipment for staff to undertake their duties, and equipment was well maintained.
  • Infection control procedures were effective and the practice followed published guidance.
  • The practice had effective processes in place for safeguarding adults and children living in vulnerable circumstances.
  • There was a process in place for the reporting and shared learning when untoward incidents occurred in the practice.
  • The dentists provided dental care in accordance with current professional and National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
  • The service was aware of the needs of the local population and took these into account in how the practice was run.
  • Patients could access treatment and urgent and emergency care when required.
  • Staff received training appropriate to their roles and were supported in their continued professional development (CPD) by the practice.
  • Staff we spoke with felt well supported by the provider and practice manager and were committed to providing a quality service to their patients.
  • Information from 10 completed Care Quality Commission (CQC) comment cards gave us a positive picture of a friendly, caring, professional and high quality service.