We carried out this announced comprehensive inspection on 19 August 2022 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 practice 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:
- The dental clinic was visibly clean and well-maintained.
- The practice had infection control procedures which reflected published guidance.
- Staff knew how to deal with medical emergencies. Appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available.
- The practice had systems to help them manage risk to patients and staff.
- Safeguarding processes were in place and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
- The practice had staff recruitment procedures which reflected current legislation.
- The clinical staff provided patients’ care and treatment in line with current guidelines.
- Patients were treated with dignity and respect and staff 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.
- There was effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.
- Staff felt involved and supported and worked as a team.
- Staff and patients were asked for feedback about the services provided.
- Complaints were dealt with positively and efficiently.
- The dental clinic had information governance arrangements.
The provider has 134 practices and this report is about Hutton Village Dental Practice.
Hutton Village Dental Practice is in Hutton, Brentwood, Essex and provides NHS and private dental care and treatment for adults and children.
There is level access to the practice for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces, including dedicated parking for disabled people, are available near the practice. The practice has made reasonable adjustments to support patients with additional needs.
The dental team includes five dentists, nine dental nurses including three trainee dental nurses, four dental hygienists, five receptionists and one practice manager. The practice has seven treatment rooms.
During the inspection we spoke with two dentists, three dental nurses, one dental hygienist, two receptionists and the practice manager. We also spoke with the practice manager from the neighbouring sister practice, two compliance advisors and a development manager from the provider organisation. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.
The practice is open:
Monday from 8.15am to 5.15pm.
Tuesday from 8.15am to 8pm.
Wednesday from 8am to 4pm.
Thursday from 8.15am to 8pm.
Friday from 8.15am to 5.15pm.
The practice had taken steps to improve environmental sustainability. For example, where possible items were recycled, and staff were instructed to turn the power off to equipment and lighting when not in use.