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Inspection carried out on 19 June 2018

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 19 June 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.


New Park House Dental Centre is in Shrewsbury and provides NHS and private treatment to adults and children.

There is level access for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces, including for blue badge holders, are available near the practice.

The dental team includes eight dentists (one of whom is a specialist endodontist), 13 dental nurses, six dental hygienists, two decontamination assistants, two receptionists, one administrator and a practice manager. A qualified medical practitioner also visits the practice on an ad hoc basis to provide sedation to patients. The practice has eight 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 New Park House Dental Centre was one of the senior partners.

On the day of inspection, we collected 21 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.

During the inspection we spoke with three dentists, three dental nurses, one dental hygienist, two receptionists and the 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: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Tuesday: 8.30am to 7.30pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm

Our key findings were:

  • The practice appeared clean and well maintained.
  • The practice had infection control procedures which reflected published guidance. The registered manager took immediate action when an incident took place that did not reflect current guidance.
  • Staff knew how to deal with emergencies. Appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available. Some items required replacement and this was immediately addressed by staff.
  • The practice had systems to help them manage risk.
  • The practice staff had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and children.
  • The practice had staff recruitment procedures. Some improvements were required and this was addressed promptly by staff.
  • 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 practice was providing preventive care and supporting patients to ensure better oral health.
  • The appointment system met patients’ needs.
  • The practice had effective leadership and had recently undergone new ownership. They were continuously implementing new improvements. The current owners purchased the practice four months before our visit and had already made many positive changes to the practice
  • 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 practice dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The practice had suitable information governance arrangements.

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

  • Review the practice’s system for recording, investigating and reviewing incidents or significant events with a view to preventing further occurrences and ensuring that improvements are made as a result.
  • Review the practice's recruitment policy and procedures to ensure accurate, complete and detailed records are maintained for all staff.
  • Review the practice's protocols and procedures to ensure staff are up to date with their mandatory training and their continuing professional development. In particular, the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • Review the current staffing arrangements to ensure all dental care professionals are adequately supported by a trained member of the dental team when treating patients in a dental setting taking into account the guidance issued by the General Dental Council.