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Inspection carried out on 05/11/2015

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 5 November 2015 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.

Background

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 5 November 2015 at Cannock Dental Practice.

Dental services have been provided from the location for a number of years, the current provider has provided services at the practice for around six years.

The practice is situated in Cannock town centre with car parking nearby. Access to the practice is by stairs as it is situated on a first floor level above commercial premises.

The practice provides dental care and treatment to registered patients Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5:30pm. At the time of the inspection the practice had around 3,500 patients with an approximate funding basis of 60% NHS and 40% private.

The practice has three dentists (principal, associate and foundation) working a variety of clinical sessions over a week. A dental hygienist and five qualified dental nurses complete the clinical team. The practice manager is a qualified dental nurse who splits their time between this and another practice. A receptionist and cleaner assist in maintaining the day to day running of the practice.

The principal dentist is the registered provider. A registered provider is registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Registered providers have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the practice is run.

Fifty patients provided feedback about the practice. All the feedback we received from patients was positive, including access to appointments, their care and treatment and all made complimentary remarks about their overall experience of the practice.

Our key findings were:

  • Patients told us that their care and treatment was explained and they felt involved in decisions about their treatment.
  • The appointments system met the needs of patients.
  • Patients received clear explanations and written information about their proposed treatment, costs, benefits and risks and were involved in making decisions about them.
  • The practice sought feedback from staff and patients about the services they provided.
  • The practice managed risks well.