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Inspection carried out on 31 May 2017

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 31 May 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.

We told the NHS England area team and Healthwatch that we were inspecting the practice. They did not provide any information for us to take into account.

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.


The Lawns Dental Practice is located in Long Sutton, near Spalding and provides private treatment to patients of all ages and NHS treatment to children.

There is level access for people who use wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are some limited car parking spaces, including one for patients with disabled badges, directly outside the practice. There is also free on street parking close to the practice.

The dental team includes three dentists, three dental nurses, one trainee dental nurse, two dental hygienists and one receptionist. The practice has three treatment rooms, all on the ground level.

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 The Lawns Dental Practice was the principal dentist.

The principal dentist took ownership of the practice in April 2017. The principal dentist had joined the practice in September 2016. One of the dentists who previously owned the practice, is seeking retirement within the next twelve months.

On the day of inspection we collected 47 CQC comment cards filled in by patients. This information gave us a positive view of the practice. We did not receive any negative comments about the practice.

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

The practice is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The practice is closed between 1pm to 2pm during these days.

Our key findings were:

  • The practice ethos included the provision of dental services in a safe and ethical environment.
  • Effective leadership was evident although we found areas where management arrangements could be strengthened.
  • Staff had been trained to deal with emergencies. We found appropriate medicines were readily available in accordance with current guidelines. We found there were some items of equipment missing.
  • The practice appeared clean and well maintained.
  • Staff demonstrated awareness in relation to their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and children living in vulnerable circumstances. We found that a number of staff required training to an appropriate level to manage safeguarding concerns however.
  • Clinical staff provided dental care in accordance with current professional and National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
  • The practice demonstrated awareness of the needs of some of the local population and took these into account when delivering the service. We noted further measures were required to ensure that all of the needs of the local population were taken into account.
  • Patients had access to treatment and urgent and emergency care when required.
  • Staff received most training appropriate to their roles, although we noted refresher training was required in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Gillick competence. Staff were supported in their continued professional development (CPD) by the practice.
  • Staff we spoke with felt supported by the provider and were committed to providing a quality service to their patients.
  • The practice asked patients for feedback about the services they provided. Information we obtained from 47 Care Quality Commission cards provided positive feedback. We did not receive any negative feedback about the practice.

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

  • Review their governance arrangements to effectively support the management of the service. This should include improvements in training, policy, procedures and risk management.

  • Regularly monitor and record water temperatures as part of the Legionella risk assessment taking into account guidelines issued by the Department of Health - Health Technical Memorandum01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices.

  • Review the storage arrangements for paper records held on site to ensure they are held securely.