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Bupa - Kenworthy Street, Stalybridge

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Inspection carried out on 24 September 2018

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 24 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 providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Background

Bupa – Kenworthy Street, Stalybridge is in Greater Manchester and provides mostly NHS and some private treatment to adults and children.

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

The dental team includes five dentists, six dental nurses (one of whom is a trainee and one dental nurse also covers reception duties), a dedicated receptionist and a dental hygienist. The team also includes a practice manager and a practice co-ordinator. The company clinical support lead was also present during the inspection. The practice has five 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 Bupa – Kenworthy Street, Stalybridge is the practice manager.

On the day of inspection we collected 13 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.

During the inspection we spoke with three dentists, the practice manager and company clinical support lead. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open:

Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

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 protocols for recording in the patients’ dental care records or elsewhere the reason for taking X-rays, a report on the findings and the quality of the image in compliance with Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017. In addition, review current X-ray audit processes to ensure documented learning points and resulting improvements can be demonstrated.
  • Review the practice’s protocols in respect to an awareness of national oral health campaigns and local schemes available in supporting patients to live healthier lives.