27 July 2010

    Q. What happens if my practice fails an inspection?

    That really depends on the nature of the body who is conducting the inspection.

    Most quality assurance programmes (such as Denplan Excel and the BDA Good Practice) expect you to be able to rectify any noted deficiency within a short period of time. If this is not achieved, the practice in question will lose its accreditation until it can be shown that it is taking action to comply with the required essential standards.

    More seriously any shortcomings noted by a PCT or its agents may result in sanctions that could include a remedial notice and which could be a prelude to future breach of contract proceedings.

    The powers of the Care Quality Commission range from warning notices to conditions on registration to fines and even the closure of services.

    Practices registered with the DPL Xtra scheme can obtain an on-site risk assessment, including free risk management modules and clinical audit tools, record card review and report, and a review of the practice’s in-house complaints procedures.

    Read about the Safe Practice Healthcheck here

    Dental Protection Limited is registered in England (No. 2374160) and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS) which is registered in England (No.36142). Both companies use Dental Protection as a trading name and have their registered office at 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PS.

    Dental Protection Limited serves and supports the dental members of MPS with access to the full range of benefits of membership, which are all discretionary, and set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. MPS is not an insurance company. Dental Protection® is a registered trademark of MPS.

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