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Inspection carried out on 29 August 2017

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 29 August 2017, 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

White House Dental Practice is in London Borough of Ealing and provides private treatment to patients of all ages.

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

The dental team includes 15 dentists, eight dental nurses, nine trainee dental nurses, 6 receptionists and one practice manager. The practice has eight 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. The registered manager at White House Dental Practice was the clinical director.

On the day of inspection we collected 41 CQC comment cards filled in by patients. This information gave us a positive view of the practice.

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

The practice is open:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00am to 6:00pm

  • Tuesday: 9:00am to 8:00pm

  • Saturday: 8:00am to 4:00pm

  • Sunday: emergency out of hours services 9:00 am to 2:00pm

Our key findings were:

  • The practice was clean and well maintained.
  • The practice had infection control procedures that 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 practice 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.
  • The appointment system met patients’ needs.
  • The practice had effective leadership. Staff felt involved, 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.

We identified areas of notable practice:

The provider proactively engaged with the local community in a variety of ways to improve oral health for various population groups, for example:

  • Running a Mini Molar Club for children under the age of 11. The activities included, visiting local school assembly's and providing access to online video games and videos. The club also gave joining members a free goodie bag which includes; membership cards, games and puzzles.
  • Partnering with various local and national initiatives to raise oral health awareness, for example, the East African Senior Citizens Association, the Mael Gael and Sunrise Radio.