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Archived: Sparkle Dental Boutique

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Inspection carried out on 09 November 2016

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 09 November 2016 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.


Sparkle Dental Boutique is located in the London Borough of Ealing and provides private dental treatment to both adults and children. The premises are on the ground and first floor and consist of three treatment rooms, a consultation room, an X-ray room, a relaxation room and a decontamination room. The practice is open Monday - Friday 8:15am – 5:15pm and one Saturday per month 8:00am – 2:00pm.

The staff consist of the principal dentist, two associate dentists, two dental nurses, a dental hygienist, and a practice manager.

The practice manager is the registered manager. A registered manager is a person who is registered with the Care Quality Commission to manage the service. Like registered providers, they are ‘registered persons’. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the practice is run.

We reviewed 49 CQC comment cards, the practice patient satisfaction survey and spoke with a patient. Patients were positive about the service. They were complimentary about the friendly and caring attitude of the staff.

The inspection took place over one day and was carried out by a CQC inspector and a dental specialist advisor.

Our key findings were:

  • There were appropriate equipment and access to emergency drugs to enable the practice to respond to medical emergencies. Staff knew where equipment was stored.

  • Patients’ needs were assessed and care was planned in line with current guidance such as from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
  • We found the dentists regularly assessed each patient’s gum health and took X-rays at appropriate intervals.
  • Patients were involved in their care and treatment planning so they could make informed decisions.
  • There were effective processes in place to reduce and minimise the risk and spread of infection.
  • The practice had effective safeguarding processes in place and staff understood their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and child protection.
  • Equipment, such as the autoclave (steriliser), fire extinguishers, and X-ray equipment had all been checked for effectiveness and had been regularly serviced.
  • Patients were treated with dignity and respect and confidentiality was maintained.
  • The practice had implemented clear procedures for managing comments, concerns or complaints.
  • Patients indicated that they found the team to be efficient, professional, caring and reassuring.
  • Patients had good access to appointments, including emergency appointments, which were available on the same day.
  • Leadership structures were clear and there were processes in place for dissemination of information and feedback to staff.

There were areas where the provider could make improvements and should:

  • Review the current staffing arrangements to ensure all dental care professionals are adequately supported by a trained member of the dental team when treating patients in a dental setting.
  • Review the protocols and procedures to ensure staff are up to date with their mandatory training and their Continuing Professional Development. 

Inspection carried out on 5 November 2012

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we spoke with people who use the service. People said they found the staff to be friendly and professional. They said they were fully involved in their treatment and were given explanations as to what would happen during their treatment. They said they were made aware of the fees involved prior to agreeing to any treatment plan.

People said they felt welcomed by the staff and the atmosphere was calm in the practice. They said the environment always appeared clean.

We also looked at testimonials on the provider website, which were positive about the service people received.