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Fresh Springs Dental Practice

This service was previously registered at a different address - see old profile

Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Updated 5 October 2016

We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection on 26 September 2016 to ask the practice the following key questions; Are services safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led?

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

Fresh Spring Dental Practice located in Tower Hamlets provides NHS and private dental treatment to patients of all ages.

Practice staffing consists of a principal dentist, two associate dentists, one prosthodontist, one periodontist, one hygienist, three qualified dental nurses, one trainee dental nurse, two receptionists and a practice manager.

The principal dentist is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an individual registered persons. Registered persons 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 practice is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

The practice facilities include two treatment rooms, reception and waiting area, decontamination room, and a staff room/kitchen.

52 patients provided feedback about the service. Patients we spoke with and those who completed comment cards were very positive about the care they received about the service. Patients told us that they were happy with the treatment and advice they had received.

Our key findings were:

  • There were systems in place to ensure that all equipment was maintained in line with manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • There were sufficient numbers of suitably qualified staff to meet the needs of patients.
  • Staff had received safeguarding children and adults training and knew the processes to follow to raise any concerns. The practice had whistleblowing policies and procedure and staff were aware of these and their responsibilities to report any concerns.
  • There were systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. Dental instruments were cleaned and sterilised in line with current guidance.
  • The practice had a procedure for handling and responding to complaints, which were displayed and available to patients.
  • The practice ensured staff were trained and that they maintained the necessary skills and competence to support the needs of patients.
  • Patients were treated with dignity and respect and confidentiality was maintained.
  • Staff had been trained to handle medical emergencies, and appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were readily available.
  • Patients received clear explanations about their proposed treatment, costs, benefits and risks and were involved in making decisions about it.
  • The appointment system met the needs of patients and waiting times were kept to a minimum.
  • The practice sought feedback from staff and patients about the services they provided and acted on this to improve its services.
  • Governance systems were effective and there were a range of policies and procedures in place which underpinned the management of the practice. Clinical audits were carried out to monitor the quality of services.
Inspection areas

Safe

No action required

Updated 5 October 2016

We found that this practice was providing safe care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

The practice had systems in place for identifying, investigating and learning from incidents relating to the safety of patients. The infection prevention and control practices at the surgery followed current national guidance. All equipment at the practice was regularly maintained, tested and monitored for safety and effectiveness.

Patients were protected against the risks of abuse or harm through the practice policies and procedures. Staff were trained to recognise and report concerns about patients’ safety and welfare and had access to contact details for the local safeguarding team.

There were arrangements in place to deal with medical emergencies and staff had annual training.

Patients’ medical histories were obtained and/or updated before any treatment took place.

There were procedures in place for recruiting new staff and these were followed consistently. All of the appropriate checks including employment references, proof of identification and security checks were carried out when new staff were employed. The staff were suitably trained and skilled to meet patient’s needs and there were sufficient numbers of staff available at all times.

Effective

No action required

Updated 5 October 2016

We found that this practice was providing effective care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Patients received a comprehensive assessment of their dental needs including a review of their medical history. Dental care records were detailed and included details of risks of and benefit of treatment.

The practice ensured that patients were given sufficient information about their proposed treatment to enable them to give informed consent.

The staff kept their training up-to-date and received professional development appropriate to their role and learning needs. Staff who were registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) demonstrated that they were supported by the practice in continuing their professional development (CPD) and were meeting the requirements of their professional registration.

Health education for patients was provided by the dentists and hygienist and information leaflets were available within the practice. They provided patients with advice to improve and maintain good oral health. We received feedback from patients who told us that they found their treatment successful and effective.

Caring

No action required

Updated 5 October 2016

We found that this practice was providing caring services in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Patients were complimentary about the practice and how the staff treated them. Patients commented positively on how caring and helpful staff were, describing them as friendly, compassionate and professional.

Patients felt listened to and were given appropriate information and support regarding their care or treatment. They felt their dentist explained the treatment they needed in a way they could understand. Staff had a good awareness of how to support patients who may lack capacity to make decisions about their dental care and treatment.

Responsive

No action required

Updated 5 October 2016

We found that this practice was providing responsive care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Appointment times met the needs of patients and waiting times were kept to a minimum. Staff told us all patients who requested an urgent appointment would be seen where possible on the same day or within 24 hours.

Patients who had difficulty understanding care and treatment options were suitably supported.

The practice had a procedure in place for dealing with complaints.

Well-led

No action required

Updated 5 October 2016

We found that this practice was providing well-led care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Staff felt supported and empowered to make suggestions for the improvement of the practice. There was a culture of openness and transparency. Staff at the practice were supported to complete training for the benefit of patient care and for their continuous professional development.

There was a pro-active approach to identify safety issues and make improvements in procedures. There was a culture of candour, openness, honesty and transparency. Patients’ views were regularly sought by way of a patient survey and these were acted upon as required.