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CQC inspectors publish reports on 28 dental practices in England
The Care Quality Commission published reports on the quality of care provided by 28 dental practices in England last week.
The practices that we have reported on are:
- 10 Dental, Southport and Formby: Dental compliant
- Acorn Dental Surgery - High Street Gosforth, Newcastle Gateshead: Dental compliant
- Beanhill Dental Practice, Milton Keynes: Dental compliant
- Bluebell Dental Practice, Newham: Dental compliant
- Brixworth Village Dental Practice, Nene: Dental compliant
- Broad Street Dental Practice, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Dental compliant
- Burnham House Dental Practice, Somerset: Dental compliant
- Cranfield Dental Care, East and North Hertfordshire: Dental compliant
- Goodwin & Associates, Cumbria: Dental compliant
- Hale Road Dental Practice, Liverpool: Dental compliant
- Haverflatts Dental Practice, Cumbria: Dental compliant
- John Lane's Dental Practice, Liverpool: Dental compliant
- Kingsthorpegrove Dental Surgery, Nene: Dental compliant
- Lancaster House Dental Practice, Croydon: Dental compliant
- LWT Dental Care - Ecclesall Road, Sheffield: Dental compliant
- M I Bholah Dental Practice, Newcastle Gateshead: Dental compliant
- M Verma & S Verma Abacus Dental Care, Milton Keynes: Dental compliant
- St Paul's Dental Care, Southport and Formby: Dental compliant
- Swanside Dental Practice, Knowsley: Dental compliant
- T T & M M Brown, Sunderland: Dental compliant
- The Burley Dental Suite, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven: Dental compliant
- Tooth Booth Beaconsfield, Chiltern: Dental compliant
- Warrington Smile Clinic, Warrington: Dental compliant
- Well Street Dental, City and Hackney: Dental compliant
- West Croydon Dental Practice, Croydon: Dental compliant
- Adentist4Life Dental Practice, Redbridge: Dental breach
- Dental Surgery, Redbridge: Dental breach
- Welcare Dental Centre, Lancashire North: 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 sectors regulated by CQC, 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 meets the fundamental standards required by law and, and that is reflected in the reports we have published so far.
"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 are not 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.”
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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 our website.