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RQIA: 2014-2015 inspections

Dental practices in Northern Ireland providing any private dental care and treatment must be registered with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). Providing private dental services without being registered with RQIA is an offence and can result in prosecution. Practices delivering exclusively HSC services are exempt; a certificate of exemptionmust be completed and returned to RQIA. BDA advice on RQIA registration requirements guides you through the registration process and the information you will need to have available.

In 2014-15, RQIA’s planned inspections relate infection control.

Each dental practice will have a planned inspection to assess how it is complying with infection control.

To assist members, BDA has secured approval for an on-line session of CPD.

You will be given six weeks’ notice of the inspection and 28 days to comment on the subsequent report.

Inspections preceded by you sending in your completed self-assessment form and this should evidence how you are addressing/meeting infection control within your surgery.

The form should be completed in conjunction with the RQIA’s documentation and, in particular, paragraph 2.5. This states:-

Validated self-assessment

Service providers are responsible for the quality of care provided and for demonstrating that quality of care. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the provider to use the self-assessment return to evidence how they are meeting both the inspection theme itself and indicators within the theme.

The completed provider’s self-assessment will be appended to the inspection report. During inspections, RQIA inspectors will seek to validate the evidence provided.

The comments made in the “rationale and actions column” of the form are for guidance (provided by the RQIA) and can be overwritten.

In addition, at the end of each section on the form, there is a space for the provider to assess their own level of compliance based in the table below (and also see paragraph 3.1 in the guidance).

0 - Not applicableReasons must be clearly stated in the assessment contained within the inspection report.
1 - Unlikely to be compliant
2 - Not compliant

Compliance could not be demonstrated by the date of the inspection.

This will usually result in a requirement or recommendation being made in the inspection report.

3 – Moving towards compliance

Compliance could not be demonstrated by the date of the inspection but the service has plans for full compliance by the end of the inspection year.

This will usually result in a requirement or recommendation being made in the inspection report.

4 – Substantially compliant

Compliance can be demonstrated but systems for regular monitoring, review and revision are not yet in place.

This will usually result in a recommendation or a requirement being made within the inspection report.

5 – Compliant

Compliance can be demonstrated and systems are in place for regular monitoring, review and any necessary revisions.

This will usually result in an area of good practice being identified and comment being made within the inspection report.