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Welsh Practices must now register with HIW

The updated Private Dentistry Wales Regulations came into force on the 1st April 2017 following a consultation by the Welsh government. Dental practices who provide any private treatment have to register with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) before the dates below. HIW will carry out inspections against the new standards from April 2018. The difference is that in the past individuals registered, now practices have to register.

This affects any dentist, dental care professional (DCP), or dental practice carrying out private dental care or direct access in Wales. You can see the regulations here.

However the main changes are as follows:

  • The ‘provider’ will need to register with HIW, this is the person, partnership or organisation that provides private dental treatment. Therefore, it is the dental practice that carries out private dentistry that now needs to register, rather than individual dentists
  • Practices are now legally required to have specific policies and procedures
  • Organisations are now required to register managers
  • DCPs providing direct access from their own practice must submit their registration before 30th September 2017
  • Dental practices providing any private dental care must submit their application and register a manager before 31st March 2018
  • Managers may be interviewed and assessed for ’fitness’ before being allowed to hold the post
  • Practices might be subject to registration inspection before being allowed to treat patients

Individuals should maintain their registration with HIW until all practices where you provide dental care are fully registered under the new regulations. If you work at a practice that is not yet registered and you wish to provide private dental care for the first time, you must register with HIW as an individual until the practice you work in has registered. Guidance on how to register can be found on the HIW website here.

All of this is bound to cause some concern that changes are afoot yet again. Fortunately, at CODE, we have the resources to keep members informed and we are not tied to any particular system of regulation, simply the core legislation and guidance for compliance. This is why our iComply system now also helps practices to meet the HIW inspection regime in Wales and will adapt easily to meet any future changes. We always advocate keeping your compliance up to date, something that is easily managed with the iComply application.

HIW have indicated that the quality of an application could affect whether a registered manager or sole trader will be required to attend an interview. CODE is therefore launching an HIW registration handholding service to help practices navigate the guidance and forms. This day of offsite consultancy costs £699 + VAT for members and £749 + VAT for non-members. Call 01409 254 354 or email for more information.