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Orthoclinique Hitchin

Troopers Yard, 23 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JW (01462) 452262

Provided and run by:
Hitchin Orthodontic Clinic Limited

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Overall inspection

Updated 20 September 2023

We carried out this announced focused inspection on 5 September 2023 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 practice was meeting the legal requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations. The inspection was led by a Care Quality Commission, (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 five key questions:

  • Is it safe?
  • Is it effective?
  • Is it caring?
  • Is it responsive?
  • Is it well-led?

These questions form the framework for the areas we look at during the inspection.

Our findings were:

  • The dental clinic was visibly clean and well-maintained.
  • The practice had infection control procedures which reflected published guidance.
  • Staff knew how to deal with medical emergencies and appropriate medicines and life-saving equipment were available.
  • The practice had systems to help them manage risk to patients and staff.
  • Safeguarding processes were in place and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
  • The practice had staff recruitment procedures which mostly reflected current legislation. Appropriate references had not always been obtained for prospective employees to ensure they were suitable for their role.
  • The clinical staff provided patients’ care and treatment in line with current guidelines.
  • Patients were treated with dignity and respect and staff took care to protect their privacy and personal information.
  • Staff provided preventive care and supported patients to ensure better oral health.
  • There was effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Staff felt involved and supported and worked as a team.
  • Complaints were dealt with positively and efficiently.


Orthoclinique is based in Hitchin town centre and provides mostly NHS orthodontic care for adults and children. The practice treats patients from a wide geographical area including Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The practice has made reasonable adjustments to support patients with additional needs. There is ramp access to the premises for people who use wheelchairs, a ground floor treatment room and a fully accessible toilet. Patient car parking is available directly outside the premises.

The dental team includes 4 orthodontists, 2 dentists with a special interest in orthodontics, 2 orthodontic therapists, 8 dental nurses, a practice manager, and 4 reception staff. The practice has 5 treatment rooms.

During the inspection we spoke with the practice manager, the clinical director, one orthodontist, 2 dental nurses and reception staff. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open on Mondays to Thursdays from 8.30am to 5pm, and on Fridays from 8.30am to 4pm.

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

  • Implement an effective recruitment procedure to ensure that appropriate references are sought prior to new staff commencing employment at the practice.