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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Updated 20 March 2020

We carried out this announced inspection on 13 February 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.

Background

Viva Dental Practice is in Carnforth and provides private dental care and treatment for adults and children.

There is assisted access to the practice for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces, including dedicated parking for people with disabilities, are available near the practice.

The dental team includes three dentists, four dental nurses of whom one is a trainee, one dental hygienist, and a receptionist. The management of the practice is supported by a business manager. The practice has three treatment rooms of which one is on the ground floor of the building.

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 50 CQC comment cards filled in by patients

During the inspection we spoke with three dentists, two dental nurses, one receptionist and the business manager. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open:

Monday to Thursday 9.00 – 5.30pm

Friday 8.45 – 4.30pm

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 systems to help them manage risk to patients and staff.
  • 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.

There were areas where the provider could make improvements:

  • Implement

    practice protocols and procedures to ensure staff are up to date with sepsis awareness training and management.

Inspection areas

Safe

No action required

Updated 20 March 2020

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

Effective

No action required

Updated 20 March 2020

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

Caring

No action required

Updated 20 March 2020

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

Responsive

No action required

Updated 20 March 2020

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

Well-led

No action required

Updated 20 March 2020

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