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Inspection carried out on 14 December 2016

During a routine inspection

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 14 December 2016 to ask the practice the following key questions; Are services safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?

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

Dental Surgery is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and provides private dental services. The opening hours for the practice were Monday to Thursday 9.30am.to 5.00pm

The premises consist of three treatment rooms, a decontamination room, and a reception area.

The practice comprises of a principal dentist, a dentist, a hygienist, and nurse.

The principal dentist is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an individual registered person. Registered persons have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated Regulations about how the practice is run.

During the inspection we asked patients to complete CQC comment cards. We received 13 comment cards back from patients. We spoke with three patients and three members of staff on the day of the inspection. The patients who provided feedback were positive about the care and treatment they received at the practice. They told us they were involved in all aspects of their care and found the staff to be caring and helpful and they were treated with care, dignity and respect.

Our key findings were:

  • There were effective processes in place to reduce and minimise the risk and spread of infection.
  • Patients’ needs were assessed and care was planned in line with current guidance such as from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Patients were involved in their care and treatment planning.
  • There was appropriate equipment for staff to undertake their duties and equipment was well maintained.
  • Staff were trained in and there was appropriate equipment for them to respond to medical emergencies.
  • Patients told us that staff were caring and treated them with dignity and respect.
  • Patients indicated that they felt they were listened to and that they received good care from a friendly and caring practice team.
  • There were processes in place for patients to give their comments and feedback about the service including making complaints and compliments.

There were areas where the provider could make improvements and should:

  • Review staff awareness of the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 and ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Act as it relates to their role.
  • Review the practice’s safeguarding policy ensuring it covers both children and adults and all staff are trained to an appropriate level for their role and aware of their responsibilities.
  • Review the practice’s arrangements for receiving and responding to patient safety alerts, recalls and rapid response reports issued from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and through the Central Alerting System (CAS), as well as from other relevant bodies such as, Public Health England (PHE).

Inspection carried out on 29 May 2012

During a routine inspection

We spoke to three people who had used the service. They described the staff who worked there as �professional� and �very attentive� and said that they would recommend the practice to other people. They praised the quality of their treatment and care, described the practice as �superb� and �very, very good� and said they felt safe using the service. They said that they were provided with full details about their treatment, including the risks and benefits of it, as well as what it would cost.