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Archived: Clarence Road Dental Care


Inspection carried out on 28 June 2016

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 28 June 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.


Clarence Road Dental Centre is a dental practice providing mostly NHS dental treatment. The practice is located in premises close to Chesterfield town centre. There is a small car park available to the rear of the practice; otherwise there is roadside parking in the area. The practice has three treatment rooms, all three of which are on the ground floor.

The practice was first registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in May 2011. The practice provides regulated dental services to both adults and children. The practice provides mostly NHS treatment (85%). Services provided include general dentistry, dental hygiene, crowns and bridges, and root canal treatment.

The practice’s opening hours are – Monday: 9 am to 5:15 pm; Tuesday: 9 am to 5:30 pm;

Wednesday: 9 am to 5 pm; Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm and Friday: 9 am to 4 pm. The practice is closed for one hour for lunch.

Access for urgent treatment outside of opening hours is by telephoning the practice and following the instructions on the answerphone message or by telephoning the 111 NHS service.

The principal dentist is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an individual. 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.

The practice has five dentists; eight qualified dental nurses who also work on the reception desk, one trainee dental nurse and a practice manager.

We received positive feedback from 50 patients about the services provided. This was through CQC comment cards left at the practice prior to the inspection and by speaking with patients in the practice.

Our key findings were:

  • The practice was visibly clean and tidy.
  • Records showed there were sufficient numbers of suitably qualified staff to meet the needs of patients.
  • Patients at the practice and through CQC comment cards provided positive feedback about their experiences at the practice.
  • Patients said they were treated with dignity and respect.
  • The practice was well equipped.
  • Dentists identified the different treatment options, and discussed these with patients.
  • Patients’ confidentiality was maintained.
  • The practice followed the relevant guidance from the Department of Health's: ‘Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 (HTM 01-05) for infection control with regard to cleaning and sterilizing dental instruments.
  • There was a whistleblowing policy accessible to all staff, who were aware of procedures to follow if they had any concerns.
  • The practice had the necessary equipment for staff to deal with medical emergencies, and staff had been trained how to use that equipment. This included an automated external defibrillator, oxygen and emergency medicines.

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

  • Review its responsibilities to the needs of people with a disability and the requirements of the equality Act 2010 and consider installing a hearing induction loop at the premises. This would assist patients who used a hearing loop to hear whilst in the practice.

Inspection carried out on 1 December 2011

During a routine inspection

People we spoke to said that they received care which met their needs and felt staff communicated with them well. They also said that they felt the practice was clean and that staff used personal protective equipment to ensure hygienic practice.