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Inspection carried out on 4 March 2020

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 4 March 2020 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 Care Quality Commission, (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 this practice was providing safe care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services effective?

We found this practice was providing effective care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services caring?

We found this practice was providing caring services in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services responsive?

We found this practice was providing responsive care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Are services well-led?

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


Beeston Dental Practice is in the city of Nottingham and provides private and NHS dental treatment to adults and children.

There is ramped access in to the practice for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces are available near the practice.

The dental team includes six dentists, two dental hygienists, eight dental nurses including three apprentice dental nurses, three receptionists and a practice manager. The practice has five ground floor treatment rooms and centralised decontamination facilities.

The practice is owned by an individual who is the principal dentist there. They have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations about how the practice is run.

On the day of inspection, we collected 48 CQC comment cards filled in by patients. Feedback received about the practice was positive.

During the inspection we spoke with the dentist and both dental nurses. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open: Monday to Wednesday: from 9am to 5pm, Thursday from: 8am to 7pm and Friday: from 8am to 5pm.

Our key findings were:

  • The practice appeared to be visibly clean and well-maintained.
  • The provider had infection control procedures which reflected published guidance.
  • Staff knew how to deal with emergencies. Appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available.
  • The provider had safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
  • The provider had staff recruitment procedures which 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.
  • Staff provided preventive care and supported patients to ensure better oral health.
  • The appointment system took account of patients’ needs.
  • The provider had effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Staff felt involved and supported and worked as a team.
  • The provider asked staff and patients for feedback about the services they provided.
  • The provider dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The provider had information governance arrangements.

Inspection carried out on 16 May 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with one patient and observed four more during our visit. We looked at information on the practice and NHS choice websites. We found patients were complimentary about staff and the practice as a whole

We found the practice to be welcoming and friendly. Staff spoke and treated patients respectfully and in the appropriate manner.

Patients we spoke with told us they were satisfied with the treatment they received and had enough information to make informed choices.

Patients we spoke with felt the practice was well located, clean and well maintained at all times. They told us they were involved in all aspects of their treatment and were able to make decisions from the information they received from the dentist after all options had been discussed.

We found the reception area to be spacious, well maintained and provided seating for 14 people. We saw reading material and copies of information leaflets were made available for patients to either read or take away.