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Inspection carried out on 29/03/2019

During an inspection looking at part of the service

We undertook a focused inspection of CP Dental on 29 March 2019. This inspection was carried out to review in detail the actions taken by the registered provider to improve the quality of care and to confirm that the practice was now meeting legal requirements.

The inspection was carried out by a CQC inspector.

We undertook a comprehensive inspection of the practice on the 10 September 2018 under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions.

We found the registered provider was not providing well-led care and was in breach of regulation 17 and 19 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. You can read our report of that inspection by selecting the 'all reports' link for dental practice on our website www.cqc.org.uk.

When one or more of the five questions are not met we require the service to make improvements and send us an action plan. We then inspect again after a reasonable interval, focusing on the areas where improvement was required.

As part of this inspection we asked:

• Is it well-led?

Background

CP Dental provides NHS and 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 on the main road at the front of the practice.

The dental team includes two dentists, one dental hygienists, two dental nurses and a receptionist. The practice has two treatment rooms.

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 CP Dental is the principal dentist.

During the inspection we spoke with the principal dentist and the receptionist.

We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturday morning between 9am and 1pm to treat private patients. The practice closes for lunch between 1pm and 2pm daily.

Our findings were:

  • The provider had made good improvements in relation to the regulatory breach we found at our previous inspection and was now providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Inspection carried out on 10/09/2018

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 10 September 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 not providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Background

CP Dental provides NHS and 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 on the main road at the front of the practice.

The dental team includes two dentists, one dental hygienists, two dental nurses and a receptionist. The practice has two treatment rooms.

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 CP Dental is the principal dentist.

On the day of inspection, we obtained the views of 11 patients.

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

The practice is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and Saturday morning between 9am and 1pm to treat private patients. The practice closes for lunch between 1pm and 2pm daily.

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.
  • 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 clinical staff provided patients’ care and treatment in line with current guidelines.
  • Staff treated patients with respect.
  • The practice was providing preventive care and supporting patients to ensure better oral health.
  • The appointment system met patients’ needs.
  • Staff felt involved and supported and worked well as a team.
  • The practice dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The practice could not demonstrate effective clinical leadership and culture of continuous improvement.

We identified regulations the provider was not complying with. They must:

  • Ensure recruitment procedures are established and operated effectively to ensure only fit and proper persons are employed.
  • Establish effective systems and processes to ensure good governance in accordance with the fundamental standards of care

Full details of the regulations the provider is not meeting are at the end of this report.

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

  • Review the practice's processes and systems for seeking and learning from patient feedback with a view to monitoring and improving the quality of the service.
  • Review the practice's storage of dental care records to ensure they are stored securely.
  • Review the availability of an interpreter service for patients who do not speak English as their first language.
  • Review the practice’s protocols for the use of closed circuit television cameras taking into account the guidelines published by the Information Commissioner's Office.