Professional Regulatory Press Releases - February 2017

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CQC’s new approach to dental regulation shows positive findings (Care Quality Commission 28.11.16)

After a year of inspections, CQC has found that most dental practices are safe. We started a programme of inspection of all primary care dental providers using our revised methodology, supported by dental specialist advisers, in April 2015. Our approach involves assessing the quality of dental services by asking five key questions on whether the care is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. Based on this, we make a judgement on whether the regulations are being met. We do not give ratings to dental practices.

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National bodies work together to promote system wide understanding of how dental complaints should be handled​ (GDC press release 28.11.16)

The Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board (NHS England, the NHS Business Services Authority, the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, the General Dental Council and Health​watch England) have today published a joint statement on dental complaints to ensure there is a shared understanding of the correct route for complaints among regulators, commissioners and providers.

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New plans to be published to improve regulation for patients and dental professionals (General Dental Council 10.01.16)

The General Dental Council (GDC) will shortly outline initiatives to make the current system of regulation better for patients and fairer for dental professionals by shifting the balance of activity onto prevention as part of a series of wide-ranging proposals to improve dental regulation.

New confidentiality guidance published by the GMC (GMC press release 25.01.17)

The General Medical Council (GMC) has today (Wednesday 25 January) published revised, expanded and reorganised guidance on confidentiality for all doctors practising in the UK. 

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