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Dental Ranking System in Place to Weed Out Poor Performing Practices

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Ofsted rankings are currently being implemented in the English school systems to improve public education.

In this dental ranking system, scores will range from outstanding to inadequate with consequences as serious as the practice being shut down. Ranking qualities include whether patients are provided with with ?safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive treatment.?

According to an Express article, dental practices that receive the inadequate ranking will have 6 months to turn things around, and if the situation is to poor to change, the practice can be shut down completely. 

?Between November 2014 and April 2015 we will be testing a new approach to regulating primary dental services,? a Care Quality Commission spokesperson said. ?We are also planning to do more to encourage improvement through our inspection work.?

The CQC will be working with the General Dental Council, NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority to complete the evaluations fairly and accurately. 

?I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in primary care dental services to share their thoughts with us at this initial signposting stage and when we launch our formal consultation this autumn,? Steve Field, the CQC?s chief inspector of primary medical services said. ?By doing so, we can work together to ensure our future approach can best serve both providers and people using dental services.?

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