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Cherry Orchard Dental Practice

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Inspection carried out on 07 February 2019

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 7 February 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.

Background

Cherry Orchard Dental Practice is in Newcastle under Lyme 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 are available in the practice car park or in a pay and display car park near the practice.

The dental team includes two dentists, a visiting implantologist, three dental nurses (who also cover reception duties) and a practice manager. The practice has three treatment rooms.

The practice is owned by a corporate organisation 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 Cherry Orchard Dental Practice is the practice manager.

On the day of inspection, we collected 11 CQC comment cards filled in by patients.

During the inspection we spoke with two dentists, two dental nurses, one receptionist, the practice manager, an area development manager and the lead regulatory officer. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

The practice is open:

Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

Our key findings were:

  • The practice was part of a large corporate group which had a Support Centre based in Manchester where support teams including human resources, IT, finance, health and safety, learning and development, clinical support and patient support services were based. These teams supported and offered expert advice and updates to the practice when required.
  • 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 provider had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.
  • The provider had thorough staff recruitment procedures. The practice had access to support from a dedicated human resources and recruitment team based within the company’s head office.
  • 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. Patients could access routine treatment and urgent and emergency care when required.
  • The provider had effective leadership and culture of continuous improvement.
  • Staff felt involved and supported and worked well as a team. There was an effective staffing structure which extended to senior management who were visible and supported the practice manager on the day of our visit by basing themselves at the practice.
  • The provider asked staff and patients for feedback about the services they provided. This practice was on a pilot scheme to request additional patient feedback and was currently placed first out of fourteen practices in the group for receiving the most positive feedback.
  • The provider dealt with complaints positively and efficiently.
  • The provider had suitable information governance arrangements.