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A look at the CQC's plans for the next three years

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A look at the CQC's plans for the next three years

With the Care Quality Commission (CQC) now regulating primary dental practices in both the private and public sectors, it is important that dentists know exactly what requirements are placed on them. After all, the CQC publishes up-to-date assessments on its website based on whether practices are meeting government standards.

Ensuring CQC compliance can be particularly tricky for small practices, and the rules are likely to continue increasing in complexity. That's where our specialist Compliance Support Packages come in, assisting in the practical challenges of meeting CQC regulations. dbg Specialist Accreditation Packages will help practices identify, understand and implement legislative requirements, as well as breaking down the details of new ones.

Being ready for new challenges in the future is key to the success of any business. To this end, it is worth ensuring that you are familiar with the CQC's Business Plan for the rest of the current 2012-13 year, as well as its proposed new strategy over the next three years, which is currently in consultation. Here, we'll set out an overview of what these key documents include and what they mean for your dental practice.

CQC Business Plan 2012-13

The commission's key goals for the rest of this year are to continue delivering on and improving its regulatory functions in light of the recommendations of the Department of Health Performance and Capability Review, as well as developing its new strategy and improving the management of its resources and staff.

To this end, it aims to ensure all dental services are inspected once every two years, with inspections to be carried out unannounced in the vast majority of cases. They may involve members of the public and Experts by Experience - those who are familiar with the industry and know how services should be offered.

Where these inspections highlight a lack of compliance, the commission pledges to issue warning notices in a maximum of 14 days as part of its efforts to enforce government standards. To this end, it will be working on streamlining the entire process of enforcement, with a review currently underway about how it uses its powers and ways to improve.

Strategy for 2013-16 in the works

This review will feed into the CQC's new three-year strategy plan, which is currently under consultation. Interested parties including dentists, dental nurses and practice managers can provide their own feedback on the proposals by December 6th, 2012.

Its strategic priorities include making greater use of information and evidence at its disposal to ensure that different sectors are being regulated in different ways. It also intends to continue building relationships with members of the public, as well as fostering respect among the care providers it regulates.

From next year, the CQC will be working to improve standards of care provided by GPs, as well as hospitals, care homes, dentists and care at home services. To ensure that its common set of standards are flexible enough to cover the 40,000 organisations it is responsible for monitoring, the commission intends to strengthen the work it does with strategic partners, including the General Dental Council and other professional regulators responsible for licencing individual clinics and workers.

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