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It’s all coming together for CQC

Are you aware that the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 are now here!

What a mouthful! In simple terms, the Regulations have been updated and dental practices registered with CQC in England must be aware of them and demonstrate their compliance.

The 16 essential standards previously used will now fall into 13 fundamental standards, which are:

  • General – A registered person must comply with the regulations 9-19
  • Care and treatment must be appropriate and reflect service users' needs and preferences
  • Service users must be treated with dignity and respect
  • Care and treatment must only be provided with consent
  • Care and treatment must be provided in a safe way
  • Service users must be protected from abuse and improper treatment
  • Service users' nutritional and hydration needs must be met
  • All premises and equipment used must be clean, secure, suitable and used properly
  • Complaints must be appropriately investigated and appropriate action taken in response
  • Systems and processes must be established to ensure compliance with the fundamental standards
  • Sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, competent, skilled and experienced staff must be deployed
  • Persons employed must be of good character, have the necessary qualifications, skills and experience, and be able to perform the work for which they are employed (fit and proper persons requirement)
  • Registered persons must be open and transparent with service users about their care and treatment (the duty of candour).

Two regulations – the duty of candour and the fit and proper person requirement for directors –will come into force on 27 November for NHS trusts, Foundation Trusts and some special health authorities that provide care and treatment to people that is regulated by CQC. The remaining fundamental standards will come into force from April 2015 and all health and social care providers will be required o meet as a condition of their registration. The duty of candour and the fit and proper requirement for directors will also be extended to all other providers from April via additional regulations, still subject to Parliament.

Dental teams will have quite a lot of work to do to update their policies to reflect the new standards, but please do remember that DBG is ideally placed to help. Do not hesitate to get in contact – we’re here for you.

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