11% of practices in CQC “Dental Breach”

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CQC’s new approach to inspecting dental services has found nearly 11% of practices to be in “Dental Breach

In the latest report published by the Care Quality Commission, featuring dental services inspected throughout the UK, just three dental practices out of 28, less than 11%, were found to be in “Dental Breach”. These were: Treetops (Midlands) Limited, Tooth Booth Beaconsfield and Shams Moopen Dental Practice. The Commission’s reports can be found on its website, click here.

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. Its inspections check that practices are meeting “fundamental standards and regulations” that came into force on 1 April 2015.

CQC plans to inspect 10% 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 (above) 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.”