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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 30 January 2013
Date of Publication: 14 March 2013
Inspection Report published 14 March 2013 PDF | 75.34 KB

There should be enough members of staff to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs (outcome 13)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are safe and their health and welfare needs are met by sufficient numbers of appropriate staff.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 30 January 2013 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

There were enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people’s needs.

Reasons for our judgement

The associate dentist explained the staffing structure to us. They told us there were two dentists, , two dental nurses and one trainee dental nurse who was awaiting the outcome of their dental nursing exam. They also told us there was one qualified dental hygienist, one qualified dental therapist and there was always a dentist present when a dental therapist or hygienist is working. This practice means they are working within the legal requirements related to dental therapists and hygienists. One of the qualified dental nurses undertakes the role of practice manager and has been supported by the associate dentist to do this.

We saw from the dental practice newsletter people were provided information about the staff and in particular the role of the dental hygienist and plans for the future.

We saw from the practice 'masterplan' and continual professional development records of staff that they received appropriate training for their role. They were also kept informed about updates to national clinical policies and procedures.