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Inspection carried out on 6 March 2018

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

We carried out a focused inspection of Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry on 6 March 2018.

The inspection was led by a CQC inspector who had access to telephone support from a dental clinical adviser.

We carried out the inspection to follow up concerns we originally identified during a comprehensive inspection at this practice on 26 September 2017 under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions.

At a comprehensive inspection we always ask the following five questions to get to the heart of patients’ experiences of care and treatment:

  • Is it safe?
  • Is it effective?
  • Is it caring?
  • Is it responsive to people’s needs?
  • Is it well-led?

When one or more of the five questions is not met we require the service to make improvements and send us an action plan. We then inspect again after a reasonable interval, focusing on the area where improvement was required.

At the previous comprehensive inspection we judged the practice was not providing well-led care in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. You can read our report of that inspection by selecting the 'all reports' link for Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry on our website www.cqc.org.uk.

Our findings were:

Are services well-led?

We found this practice was providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

The provider had made improvements to put right the shortfalls and deal with the regulatory breach we found at our inspection on 26 September 2017.

We found this practice was providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Inspection carried out on 26 September 2017

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 26 September 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 not providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Background

Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry is based on the outskirts of Taunton and provides private referral only restorative dentistry treatment to patients over the age of 16 years.

The practice is based within a multi business use building. There is access for patients who use wheelchairs through the side of the building. Car parking spaces, including three for patients with disabled badges, are available near the practice.

The dental team includes one restorative dentist, a dental nurse (who also works as the practice manager), one dental hygienist, and one receptionist. The practice has one treatment room.

The practice is owned by a company 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 Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry was the principle dentist.

On the day of inspection we collected 15 CQC comment cards filled in by patients and spoke with one other patient. This information gave us a positive view of the practice.

During the inspection we spoke with the restorative dentist, dental nurse and the receptionist. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open:

  • Tuesday 8:40am to 5pm
  • Thursday 8:40am to 5pm
  • Friday 8:40am to 1pm

Our key findings were:

  • The practice appeared clean and well maintained.
  • The practice had infection control procedures which mostly reflected published guidance. Some procedures required review and the policy required a review.
  • Staff knew how to deal with emergencies. Appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available. The frequency of how often emergency equipment was checked should be reviewed.
  • The practice had systems to help them manage most risks. Some risks had not been identified, such as the ability to receive alerts from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
  • The practice had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults.
  • The practice had recruitment procedures. Procedures were not always followed or reflected current legislation.
  • The clinical staff provided patients’ care and treatment in line with current guidelines.
  • Staff treated patients with dignity and respect and took care to protect their privacy and personal information.
  • The appointment system met patients’ needs.
  • The practice had effective leadership. Staff felt involved and supported and worked well as a team.
  • The practice asked staff and patients for feedback about the services they provided.
  • The practice dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.

We identified regulations the provider was not meeting. They must:

  • Ensure the practice's recruitment policy and procedures are suitable and the recruitment arrangements are in line with Schedule 3 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 to ensure necessary employment checks are in place for all staff and the required specified information in respect of persons employed by the practice is held.

Full details of the regulations the provider was not meeting are at the end of this report.

There were areas where the provider could make improvements. They should:

  • Review the practice’s arrangements for receiving and responding to patient safety alerts, recalls and rapid response reports issued from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and through the Central Alerting System (CAS), as well as from other relevant bodies such as, Public Health England (PHE).
  • Review its responsibilities as regards to the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 and, ensure all documentation is up to date and staff understand how to minimise risks associated with the use of and handling of these substances.
  • Review availability of equipment to manage medical emergencies and how often it should be checked giving due regard to guidelines issued by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the General Dental Council (GDC) standards for the dental team.
  • Review the practice’s infection control procedures and protocols giving due regard to guidelines issued by the Department of Health - Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices and The Health and Social Care Act 2008: ‘Code of Practice about the prevention and control of infections and related guidance’.