Updated 7 June 2019
We carried out this announced inspection on 9 May 2019 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.
Heralds Way Dental Clinic is situated in a pedestrianised shopping centre in South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford and provides NHS and private treatment to adults and children. The services are provided under two Care Quality Commission registered providers at this location. This report only relates to the provision of general dental care provided by Heralds Way Dental Clinic. An additional report is available in respect of the general dental care services which are registered under Mr Junaid Ahmed.
The practice is located on the first floor of a multiorganization premises. There is a stair lift access for people who use wheelchairs and those with pushchairs. Car parking spaces, including spaces for blue badge holders, are available in car parks near the practice.
The dental team includes two dentists, two dental nurses. In addition, the practice has shared access with Junaid Ahmed Dental Surgery to the head receptionist, two receptionists and the practice manager. The practice has four treatment rooms.
The practice is owned by an individual who is the principal dentist there. They have legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and associated regulations about how the practice is run.
On the day of inspection, we collected 16 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.
During the inspection we spoke with two dentists, two dental nurses, 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 to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Our key findings were:
- Strong and effective leadership and a culture of continuous improvement was provided by the management team which included the principal dentist and the practice manager. Staff felt involved and supported and informed us this was a good place to work.
- The practice staff 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.
- The provider had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and children. The safeguarding policy, and contact details were available in each treatment room.
- The practice had thorough staff recruitment procedures.
- The practice appeared clean and well maintained
- 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.
- Staff were providing preventive care and supporting patients to ensure better oral health.
- The appointment system took account of patients’ needs.
- The practice asked staff and patients for feedback about the services they provided.
- The practice staff dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
- The practice staff had suitable information governance arrangements.