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Hick Lane Dental Surgery Ltd


Inspection carried out on 19 July 2018

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 19 July 2018 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.


Hick Lane Dental Surgery Ltd is in Batley and provides NHS and private treatment to adults and children.

There is level access for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces are available near the practice.

The dental team includes four dentists, six dental nurses (one of whom is a trainee), one dental hygienist, one receptionist and a practice manager. The practice has four treatment rooms.

The practice is owned by a company 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. At the time of the inspection the practice did not have a registered manager in post. The practice manager was currently applying to be the registered manager.

On the day of inspection, we collected 30 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.

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

The practice is open:

Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 5:30pm

Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm

Our key findings were:

  • The practice appeared 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 practice had systems to help them manage risk to patients and staff.
  • The practice staff had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
  • The provider 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.
  • The provider was providing preventive care and supporting patients to ensure better oral health.
  • The appointment system met patients’ needs.
  • The practice had effective leadership and 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 provider dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The provider had suitable information governance arrangements.

There were areas where the provider could make improvements. They should:

  • Review the practice's process for ensuring equipment is checked and serviced according to manufacturer’s guidance.

Inspection carried out on 4 June 2013

During a routine inspection

We did not talk to any people using this service during our inspection. Instead, we spoke with staff, looked at dental care records and looked at the premises and the provider's web-site to gain an understanding about the quality of care provided.

We looked at the dental care records of eight people and saw evidence that their oral health needs had been assessed and treatment was planned in relation to the needs identified. We saw evidence that written treatment plans were provided which were signed by the person or relative/guardian of the person receiving treatment.

We looked around the premises and saw dental equipment including emergency equipment was available and appropriately maintained. Staff were familiar with the procedures for infection prevention and control, especially the decontamination of dental equipment.

We looked at two sets of recruitment records and saw the practice had appropriate procedures in place for the recruitment of new staff. We also saw from the staff files that staff received training for their role. The staff we spoke with told us they felt supported and the practice was like, "a family".