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Inspection carried out on 10 May 2017

During a routine inspection

We carried out this announced inspection on 10 May 2017 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

Meads Dental Practice is in Esher, Surrey and provides private treatment to patients of all ages and domiciliary home visits in local care homes.

The practice resides in a converted residential premises and has four treatment rooms over two levels. One treatment room is on the ground level and provides access for people with mobility problems. There is car parking available at the back of the of the practice if prearranged with the practice.

The dental team consists of five dentists, four dental hygienists, three dental nurses (including the practice manager), a receptionist, and two admin support staff.

The practice is owned by a company 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 Meads Dental Practice was the business manager who currently resides outside the UK. The provider told us the current practice manager was undertaking the role of the registered manager. They showed us evidence that they were currently in the process of completing the application process to have a new registered manager in place.

On the day of inspection we collected 12 CQC comment cards filled in by patients. This information gave us a positive view of the practice.

During the inspection we spoke with dentists (including the practice owner), dental nurses, dental hygienists, the receptionist and the practice manager. We looked at practice policies and procedures and other records about how the service is managed.

Our key findings were:

  • The practice was clean and well maintained.
  • The practice 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 practice had suitable safeguarding processes and staff knew their responsibilities for safeguarding adults and children.
  • The practice had thorough staff recruitment procedures.
  • 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 appointment system met patients’ needs.
  • The practice had effective leadership. 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.