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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5 December 2012
Date of Publication: 29 January 2013
Inspection Report published 29 January 2013 PDF

Before people are given any examination, care, treatment or support, they should be asked if they agree to it (outcome 2)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Where they are able, give valid consent to the examination, care, treatment and support they receive.
  • Understand and know how to change any decisions about examination, care, treatment and support that has been previously agreed.
  • Can be confident that their human rights are respected and taken into account.

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 5 December 2012, checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

Before people received any care or treatment they were asked for their consent and the provider acted in accordance with their wishes.

Reasons for our judgement

We spoke with people who were using the practice who said that they were given choice, with treatments explained to them fully before making any decisions. One person said, "They never do anything until you understand the treatment they are proposing". One of the members of staff told us what they would do if they were treating someone who could not consent. What they told us demonstrated knowledge of current practice and legislation around consent issues.

A staff member also told us that they, "Try to involve everyone in their treatment". The consent policy in the practice also stated current practice and legislation around consent . This meant that where people did not have the capacity to consent the provider acted in people's best interests and within the legal requirements.

We reviewed the dental records of six people treated by the practice. These showed details of discussions about treatment options and where consent had been sought. A staff member said, "We always inform patients before any treatment commences". This meant that the provider ensured that people were able to make informed choices about and consent to the care and treatment they received.