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CQC inspectors publish more reports on dental practices
The Care Quality Commission has published a further five reports on the quality of care provided by dental practices that have been inspected under its new approach.
Since December CQC has been testing a new approach to the inspection of dental practices, using specially trained inspectors accompanied by dental advisors. In line with CQC's other inspections, reports focus on whether services provided are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Unlike other regulated sectors, primary care dental services will not be given a rating in 2015/16.
Over the next 12 months, CQC expects to inspect 10 per cent of England’s 10,000 dental practices.Dentists will be randomly selected for inspection but will always include those practices that present a risk or concern raised by the public or key stakeholders, as well as those providing high quality services for the public.
Prof Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services, said: "We know that the quality of care provided by most dentists is of an acceptable standard, and that is reflected in the reports which have published today.
"If we find that a dental practice is failing to meet the required standard - we will expect them to provide us with a full plan setting out how they will address the issue, and we will return to check that they have made the required improvements.
“However good the general picture, we cannot be complacent.In the first years of inspection, CQC did identify some examples of unacceptable standards of care.Our main priority must be to ensure that we protect the public from unsafe care by continuing to inspect against the regulations and taking action if we identify any concerns."
Full reports on the five inspections are available on this website. The practices are listed below by local CCG area.
- Basildon Dental Practice, Basildon and Brentwood
- Caterham Dental Care, NHS East Surrey
- Hutton Village Dental, Basildon and Brentwood
- Smile Impressions Grays, Thurrock
- Wednesbury Dental Practice, Sandwell
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- Last updated:
- 29 May 2017
Notes to editors
In August 2014, we published a statement, A Fresh Start for The Regulation and Inspection of Primary Care Dental Services. Our statement set out our priorities for developing a new approach for primary care dental services.
For primary care dental services, our approach to inspecting and regulating will assess whether or not a provider is meeting the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010. From April 2015, these regulations will be replaced by the new Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, which include the new fundamental standards.
Following a public consultation, we published our final provider handbook for dentistry and rolled out our new approach.