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CQC inspectors publish reports on 21 more dental practices
The Care Quality Commission has today published reports on the quality of care provided by 21 dental practices in England.
The practices that we have reported on today are:
Practice name and Clinical Commissioning Group area
- Bishopthorpe Dental Centre , NHS Vale of York CCG: Dental compliant
- Copmanthorpe Dental Centre, NHS Vale of York CCG: Dental compliant
- Denticheck Newark, NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG: Dental compliant
- Eldred Drive Special Care Dental Clinic, Bromley: Dental compliant
- Eternal Smiles Dental Centre, NHS Solihull CCG: Dental compliant
- Kingston Dental Clinic, Kingston: Dental compliant
- Perfectalign, Preston, Lancashire: Dental compliant
- Riverside Dental Practice, Hampshire: Dental compliant
- Robinson & Dicker Dental Practice, Birmingham CrossCity CCG: Dental compliant
- Smile Concepts, NHS Solihull CCG: Dental compliant
- South Coast Dental Specialists Dorchester, Dorset CCG: Dental compliant
- South Coast Dental Specialists Limited, Dorset CCG: Dental compliant
- St Owen Dental Studio, NHS Herefordshire CCG: Dental compliant
- The Bull Ring Dental Practice, South Worcestershire: Dental compliant
- Total Dentalcare Cathedral Square, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG: Dental compliant
- Warwick Road Dental Surgery, NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG: Dental compliant
- Woodthorpe Dental Centre, NHS Vale of York CCG: Dental compliant
- High Street Dental Centre Petersfield, Hampshire: Dental breach
- Hillbrook Dental Health Centre, NHS Birmingham South and Central CCG: Dental breach
- Malcolm Patrick Association, NHS Birmingham CrossCity CCG: Dental breach
- Pulteney Dental Practice, NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG: Dental breach
You can find CQC’s latest inspection reports of dental services on this website.
CQC’s approach to inspecting dental services uses specially trained dental inspectors, accompanied by specialist advisors who are usually qualified dentists or dental care professionals.
Similarly to the other health and social care sectors inspected by CQC, dental reports describe whether services provided are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. Our inspections check that practices are meeting the fundamental standards and regulations that came into force on 1 April 2015.
CQC plans to inspect 10 per cent of England’s 10,000 dental practices during the current year. Unlike most other regulated sectors, primary care dental services will not be given a rating in 2015/16.
Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice (Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate), said:
"We know that the quality of care provided by most dentists is of an acceptable standard, and that is reflected in the reports we have published so far under our approach.
"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 that encourages improvement if we identify any concerns."
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- Last updated:
- 21 November 2017
Notes to editors
For primary care dental services, our approach to inspecting and regulating will assess whether or not a provider is meeting the new Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, which include the new fundamental standards.
The services that CQC select for inspection will include practices that present a risk or concern raised by the public or other stakeholders, alongside a random selection of practices, including many already providing high quality services for the public.
We have published our provider handbook for dental services, including the key lines of enquiry used by inspectors on inspection, on this website.