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CQC inspectors publish reports on 25 dental practices in England
The Care Quality Commission has today published reports on the quality of care provided by 25 dental practices in England.
The practices that we have reported on today are:
Practice name and Clinical Commissioning Group area
- Beach Road Dental Practice, NHS Vale Royal CCG: Dental compliant
- Bedford Dental Practice, NHS Bedfordshire CCG: Dental compliant
- Carlton Dental Practice, NHS Wirral CCG: Dental compliant
- Chislehurst Dental Care, Bromley: Dental compliant
- Chopra and Associates Ashford, NHS Ashford CCG: Dental compliant
- Croston Villas Dental Centre, NHS Lancashire North CCG: Dental compliant
- Darras Hall Dental Practice, NHS Northumberland CCG: Dental compliant
- Forest Hill Dental Surgery, Lewisham: Dental compliant
- Gibraltar House Dental Clinic, NHS Medway CCG: Dental compliant
- Kingfisher Dental Practice, Redditch and Bromsgrove: Dental compliant
- Kings Dental, NHS Bedfordshire CCG: Dental compliant
- Malherbedentalclinics Ltd, Swindon : Dental compliant
- Selby Dental Care, NHS Vale of York CCG: Dental compliant
- Smile Cliniq Limited, NHS Camden CCG: Dental compliant
- St Ives – Ortho, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG: Dental compliant
- Teethinline - Newport Pagnell, NHS Milton Keynes CCG: Dental compliant
- The Dental and Cosmetic Clinic, NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland: Dental compliant
- The Dental Health Practice LTD, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG: Dental compliant
- Tooth Booth White City, NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG: Dental compliant
- York Dental Care, NHS East Lancashire CCG: Dental compliant
- 530 Bolton Partnership , NHS Bolton CCG: Dental breach
- Clent Dental Care, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG: Dental breach
- Clinic Nine, NHS Brighton and Hove CCG: Dental breach
- Cramlington Dental Centre, NHS Northumberland CCG: Dental breach
- Mr Imran Azmat - Birchfield Road, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG: Dental breach
- Whiteladies Dental Care, NHS Bristol: Dental breach
CQC’s new approach to inspecting dental services:
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. 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.