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CQC inspectors publish reports on 25 dental practices in England

The Care Quality Commission has published reports on the quality of care provided by 25 dental practices in England. The practices were inspected under CQC’s new approach to inspecting dental services which was launched in April 2015.

The practices that are reported on today are:



1a The Dental Practice

NHS South Tyneside CCG

Alan Jones Dental Surgery

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG

Anglesea Terrace Orthodontic Practice Ltd 

NHS Hastings and Rother 

Bedford Specialist Orthodontic Practice

NHS Bedfordshire CCG

Bognor Regis Dental Centre 

NHS Coastal West Sussex 

Ethos Dental Care

NHS Stockport CCG

Evesham Place Dental Practice

South Warwickshire

Heddons Croft

NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon 

Hermitage Dental

NHS West Leicestershire CCG

Highfield Dental Practice


Hockwell Dental Surgery


Karia Dental – Woolwich


Lonsdale Dental Practice 


Luton Dental Centre


Midland Road Dental Surgery

NHS Bedfordshire CCG

Nottingham Orthodontic Centre

NHS Nottingham City CCG

Oasis Dental Care – North Shields

NHS North Tyneside CCG

Oldbury Court Dental Centre


Orchard Dental Practice

NHS Wirral CCG

Queens Road Dental and Cosmetic Centre

North Manchester CCG

Sherwood Dental Centre

NHS Nottingham City CCG

St Raphael’s Dental Practice Limited                   

West Lancashire CCG

Station Square Dental Practice

NHS Bedfordshire CCG

Freetown Way Dental Practice


Mydentist – Padiham Road – Burnley

NHS East Lancashire CCG


The latest inspection reports of dental services can be found on the CQC website.

CQC’s new approach to inspecting dental services uses specially-trained dental inspectors, accompanied by specialist advisors who are usually qualified dentists or dental care professionals. Similarly to the other health and social care sectors inspected by CQC, dental reports describe whether services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.   Inspections check that practices are meeting the fundamental standards regulations that came into force on 1 April 2015.

Over the next 12 months, CQC plans to inspect 10 per cent of England’s 10,000 dental practices. Unlike most other regulated sectors, primary care dental services will not be given a rating in 2015/16. 
Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice (Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Directorate), said:

“We know that the quality of care provided by most dentists is of an acceptable standard, and that is reflected in the reports we have published so far under our new approach. 

“If we find that a dental practice is failing to meet the required standard – we will expect them to provide us with a full plan setting out how they will address the issue, and we will return to check that they have made the required improvements.

“However good the general picture, we cannot be complacent. In the first years of inspection, CQC did identify some examples of unacceptable standards of care. Our main priority must be to ensure that we protect the public from unsafe care by continuing to inspect against the regulations and taking action if we identify any concerns.”