CQC – Not out of the woods yet!

The CQC are asking

“Are we safe, are we effective, are we caring, are we responsive and are we well led?”

The CQC has published its findings and the Dental Industry didn’t fair too badly. The CQC started comprehensive inspections on 1st April 2015, and aim to carry out 10% of all 10295 practices per year. This will be an increase on the 714 inspections that took place in 2014/2015. The CQC are choosing their 10% based on a risk assessment ( how well or badly the previous inspection went), a random element and in response to concerns raised by clients or staff.

Not a bad start according to the CQC

…and so far the news is good! The CQC stated that

“inspections to date suggest that dentists are performing well, with limited need for enforcement.”

They confirmed that

“compared with other sectors, dental services present a lower risk to patient safety”

and that the

“majority of dental services are safe and the quality of care is good.”

We must celebrate our successes as much as we change and improve from our failures, and remember that the journey to compliance is not easy but progress and improvement are the key to success.

Areas for Improvement

The CQC highlighted that

“dental practices do not always understand their responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act, which can lead to safeguarding issues.”

This is a clear sign to practices to get out your regulation and prepare a good staff training session on Mental Capacity.

The feedback on Inspection reports is still finding a lack of awareness, knowledge, practice and process with Infection Control and raising concerns with practices who are not complying to HTM01-05.

Given that CQC has been given new enforcement powers, in particular, an ability to prosecute providers for failures in care without first having to issue a Warning Notice, the implications of not engaging with this document could be huge.

We have started the journey, we know what we need to do, and we need to work together to get there….but we are not out the woods yet.

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Originally posted 2015-12-15 14:29:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Laura Edgar

About Laura Edgar

Managing Director of Aura Infection Control Ltd, qualified in Dental Decontamination and passionate about sharing knowledge and education. Qualified Adult training tutor and experienced in Business Management and Strategy development.