Care Quality Commission registration
The Health and Social Care Act introduced a single registration system that applies to all health care and adult social services. The registration system is based on the CQC assessment of the ability of providers to ensure the quality of people’s experiences of the care they receive.
Dental care providers
All primary dental care providers in England, whether NHS or private, must be registered with the CQC before they start trading. This includes fully private practices.
A service provider can be an individual, a partnership or an organisation, for example a company, an NHS trust or an individual, It is the legal entity (whether this is an individual, partnership or organisation) that provides the service to people that registers.
It is a legal requirement for partnership and limited companies to appoint a Registered Manager. Failure to do so may result in a £4,000 fine. A provider, who is sole trader is not required to appoint a Registered Manager, unless s/he is not in charge of the day-to-day running of the service, in which case a manager must register. In the case of a group of practices, a practice manager can be the Registered Manager for more than one practice so long as they are in charge on a day-to-day basis.
Limited comanies must have a Nominated Individual who must be employed as a director, manager or secretary with responsibility for supervising the regulated activity.
Providers and Registered Managers must apply for an enhanced CRB/DBS Checks through the CQC, nurses, dentists, hygienists and staff should register through an umbrella body. Read more here.
A Location is a place where people receive the regulated activity, (dental care). Where the dentist carries out regulated activities at treatment rooms or a variety of places, the provider can select one address as the Location, from where the regulated activity is managed.
Evidence is how you show that you are meeting the regulations and providing the outcomes to patients. In iCOMPLY Manual System you can use the document called Your Evidence of CQC Compliance using iCOMPLY (G 106A), to check that you have all of the evidence for CQC requirements. It can also be used as a reference if you have a CCG inspector. Evidence includes procedures, policies, risk assessments, audits and training records.
Statement of Purpose
The provider must have a statement of purpose with the aims and objectives of the service provider in carrying on the regulated activity and other information. Please download the guidance here.
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