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CQC inspectors publish reports on 27 dental practices in England
The Care Quality Commission published reports on the quality of care provided by 27 dental practices in England last week.
The practices that we have reported on are:
- Buntingford Dental Care, East and North Hertfordshire: Dental Compliant
- Addison Place Dental Practice, West London: Dental Compliant
- Smile Specialist Centre, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven: Dental Compliant
- Fountain Dental Cosmetic & Implant Clinic, Doncaster: Dental Compliant
- Dentexcel - Dr Keith Cohen, Central London (Westminster): Dental Compliant
- Mrs Rosemarie McGurk, City and Hackney: Dental Compliant
- Mr Adam Clapp, City and Hackney: Dental Compliant
- Dr David Kaplan, West London: Dental Compliant
- Thorley Dental Practice, East and North Hertfordshire: Dental Compliant
- Apex Dental Care - Guiseley, Leeds West: Dental Compliant
- Dr Richard Brown - Fitzroy Square, Camden: Dental Compliant
- Dental Practice at BMI Fitzroy Square, Camden: Dental Compliant
- The Queen Street Dental Practice, Cumbria: Dental Compliant
- Dips Dental Surgery, Enfield: Dental Compliant
- Whitehills Dental Clinic, Hull: Dental Compliant
- Mydentist - Gloucester Yard - Penrith, Cumbria: Dental Compliant
- Solutions Dental Clinic, West Hampshire: Dental Compliant
- Align and Smile Limited, Tower Hamlets: Dental Compliant
- Docklands Dental Referral Centre, Tower Hamlets: Dental Compliant
- Mydentist - Lincoln Road - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Dental Compliant
- Smallthorne Family Dental Pratice, Stoke on Trent: Dental Compliant
- Crankhall Lane Dental Practice, Sandwell and West Birmingham: Dental Compliant
- Cat Hill Dental Practice (Mr Colin Hawkes), Barnet: Dental Compliant
- Cat Hill Dental Practice (Dr Jaspal Singh Kalsi), Barnet: Dental Compliant
- Alma Terrace, Cumbria: Dental Breach
- Burleigh Street Dentistry, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Dental Breach
- Bridgford Dental Practice, Rushcliffe: 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.
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.