As part of broader changes to the way it regulates health and social care the Care Quality Commission (CQC) proposes to inspect just 10% of primary care dental providers, focusing attention upon those that are seen as “cause for concern”, in the short term from spring 2015.
However, if CQC does have any concerns about any service they will conduct inspections. CQC will also be seeking views on whether to provide ratings to cosmetic dental practices after 2016. The CQC says every inspection team should include a cosmetic dental specialist advisor and people with extensive understanding of dental services, acting as “experts by experience”.
The CQC says it intends to make better use of intelligence about services and take a collaborative approach with partners such as the General Dental Council, NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority in monitoring dental care standards. The regulator also wants to make sure that comments and feedback from the public and groups such as Healthwatch are integral to regulation.
The proposals also note that CQC intends to develop its role in encouraging improvement through its inspection reports and exploration of themed reviews.
Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services, said: “This statement marks a great opportunity to start discussions about the issues that matter most to the dental sector and people who use dental services. Our priority is to take a more collaborative approach with our partners in order to monitor and improve dental care standards in future.
“In future, we also want to increase our dialogue not only with providers but also with people accessing dental services and groups that represent them.
“I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in primary care dental services to share their thoughts with us at this initial signposting stage and when we launch our formal consultation this autumn. By doing so, we can we work together to ensure that our future approach can best serve both providers and people using dental services.”…read more