The Chief Dental Officer for Wales, Mr David Thomas, has written to all Local Health Boards (LHBs) on monitoring compliance with the essential requirements of HTM 01-05 (Welsh edition). The letter states that compliance can be monitored using a number of mechanisms including the use of the annual online Quality Assurance System (QAS) self-assessment administered by Public Health Wales, and the results of routine inspections carried out by the Dental Reference Service.
The letter goes on to add that the Welsh Government is working with stakeholders to produce an all-Wales audit of decontamination in primary dental care. The aim of this audit will be to test compliance with essential requirements and identify barriers to the implementation of best practice. The audit will be developed by the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) and will be available later this year.
A detailed summary of what is required to meet the essential requirements of HTM 01-05 (Welsh edition) is also provided.
A copy of the CDO letter can be downloaded below.