You are here

Reports


Inspection carried out on 14 March 2019

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 14 March 2019 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 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.

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.

Background

Frays Dental Practice is in the London Borough of Hillingdon and provides private treatment to adults and children.

There is level access for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces, including 3 for blue badge holders, are available at the rear of the practice.

The dental team includes two principal dentists, six associate dentists, an oral surgeon, specialist periodontist, three hygienists, three dental nurses, five trainee dental nurses, two receptionists and a practice manager.

The practice is owned by a Partnership and as a condition of registration must have a person registered with the Care Quality Commission as the registered manager. Registered managers 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 registered manager at Frays Dental Practice is one of the principal dentist

On the day of inspection, we collected 36 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.

During the inspection we spoke with the principal dentists, one dentist, one dental nurse, one hygienist, one receptionist and the seditionist. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 8pm
  • Friday 8am to 6pm
  • Saturdays 8am to 2pm

Our key findings were:

  • The practice appeared clean and well maintained.
  • The practice had infection control procedures which reflected published guidance.
  • Staff knew how to deal with emergencies. Appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available.
  • The practice had systems to help them manage risk.
  • The provider had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and children.
  • The practice had thorough staff recruitment procedures.
  • 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 were providing preventive care and supporting patients to ensure better oral health.
  • The appointment system took account of patients’ needs.
  • The practice had effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Staff felt involved and supported and worked well as a team.
  • The practice asked staff and patients for feedback about the services they provided.
  • The practice dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The practice had suitable information governance arrangements.

We identified an area of notable practice.

The practice had its own comprehensive training pathway for trainee dental nurses. Which

Many staff members who had started at trainee level had progressed to become head nurses or practice managers.

The training was designed to prepare and support dental nurses for the national qualification in dental nursing.

Training folders for all trainee nurses were specially designed to cover the first 12 weeks in practice. These included tests on what staff had learnt and importantly feedback and testimonials from dentists who they had worked with, which was used to confirm competency at particular tasks.

The training was supplemented by a series of quizzes, exams and training manuals that trainee dental nurses could reference at any time to remind them of their learning.

To date the practice had a 100% pass rate and four dental nurses had moved on to higher qualifications or were working at other practices in a higher role.

At present there were five dental nurses working towards the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses Qualification.

This is notable practice because of the provider’s commitment and support to staff development.

Inspection carried out on 1 March 2013

During a routine inspection

During our inspection we spoke with three people who use the service, two dentists, the practice receptionist and a dental nurse. People told us that the dental surgery was clean; they were treated in privacy and felt respected by staff. One patient told us that they had used the surgery for several years and recently when the service changed to accommodate private patients only, they switched over from NHS services so they could remain registered there. People told us that they had been involved in decisions relating to their care and treatment planning and were given all the necessary information to reach a decision. Treatment costs were discussed with them beforehand.

We noted that people received treatment in a clean environment as all the required infection control procedures were adhered to.

Staff completed training to ensure they were able to meet people�s needs effectively.

The provider had a good system in place to record and follow up any complaints and people confirmed that they were aware of the complaints policy.