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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 were inspected under CQC’s new approach to inspecting dental services which was launched in April 2015.
The practices that are reported on today are:
Practice name and Clinical Commissioning Group area
- 1a The Dental Practice, NHS South Tyneside CCG
- Alan Jones Dental Surgery, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG
- Anglesea Terrace Orthodontic Practice Ltd, NHS Hastings and Rother
- Bedford Specialist Orthodontic Practice, NHS Bedfordshire CCG
- Bognor Regis Dental Centre, NHS Coastal West Sussex
- Ethos Dental Care, NHS Stockport CCG
- Evesham Place Dental Practice, South Warwickshire
- Freetown Way Dental Practice, NHS Hull CCG
- Heddons Croft, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG
- Hermitage Dental, NHS West Leicestershire CCG
- Highfield Dental Practice, Bromley
- Hockwell Dental Surgery, NHS Luton CCG
- Karia Dental - Woolwich, Greenwich
- Lonsdale Dental Practice , Cumbria
- Luton Dental Centre, NHS Luton CCG
- Midland Road Dental Surgery, NHS Bedfordshire CCG
- Mydentist - Padiham Road - Burnley, NHS East Lancashire CCG
- Nottingham Orthodontic Centre, NHS Nottingham City CCG
- Oasis Dental Care - North Shields, NHS North Tyneside CCG
- Oldbury Court Dental Centre, Bristol
- Orchard Dental Practice, NHS Wirral CCG
- Queens Road Dental and Cosmetic Centre, North Manchester CCG
- Sherwood Dental Centre, NHS Nottingham City CCG
- St Raphael's Dental Practice Limited , West Lancashire CCG
- Station Square Dental Practice, NHS Bedfordshire CCG
CQC’s new 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 are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. Inspections check that practices are meeting the fundamental standards regulations that came into force on 1 April 2015.
Over the next 12 months, 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 new 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 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.