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Quality healthcare ratings set to change for dental practices

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Quality healthcare ratings set to change for dental practices

I’m sure a number of you read the article in The Express yesterday about the CQC’s proposed new ranking system for dentists.

This follows a similar revelation a few days ago regarding GPs, so this is something that is going to affect healthcare professionals across the board. 

From November 2014 until April 2015 the new approach will be tested. During this time, following an inspection, dental practices will be given a rating of ‘outstanding’, ‘good, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. 

Unlike GPs, however, dentists will not be subject to the ‘special measures’ sanction (as in, dental practices short of the required standard will not be on notice of a potential shut down if things don’t improve).

The CQC is also due to explore whether an inspection team visiting a primary dental care facility should include someone with a particular understanding of how a dental practice functions.

Consideration will be given to views from dental practices and the public before the rankings are finalised as part of the inspection process, and a decision made about who is best placed to carry out an inspection.  

Speaking to The Express, Conservative MP Sir Paul Beresford, a wet-gloved dentist, cautiously welcomed the new changes. 

He said: ‘Primary dental care in this country is of a very high standard compared with those in other parts of the world. I hope the CQC is very careful, if they bring these proposals into force, not to give a practice a damning report before seeing if they can take action to help raise standards.’

While we all wait for the outcome of the consultation process, please know that there is no need to worry. We’ll keep you updated and, in the meantime, if we can be of any help please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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