A new report has been published to make dental regulation ‘more coherent, streamlined and effective’.
The Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board (RDSPB) published the Future of Dental Regulation, which sets out seven key areas for improvement and agreed actions on dental regulation.
‘We look forward to building on the excellent work done to date with our partner organisations by pressing ahead with implementing the specific actions highlighted in the report,’ Evlynne Gilvarry, chief executive of the General Dental Council, said.
‘Our key aim is to bring about making meaningful improvements in dental regulation for the benefit of patients and dental professionals.’
Dental regulatory burden
The RDSPB was created to bring together regulatory bodies and reduce the regulatory burden on dentistry.
The latest report from the board has identified the areas of improvement as:
- Defining respective roles and responsibilities in the dental system
- Defining a clear model for the regulatory system
- Improving data, information and intelligence sharing
- Defining a system with a recognised role for complaints handling
- Developing a proactive approach to keeping patients informed and involved
- Defining the role of quality improvement
- Implementing a communications programme to providers.
‘This is an important initiative that brings together the key organisations responsible for managing and regulating dental health care across the country,’ David Behan, chief executive of the CQC, said.
‘It gives us a great opportunity to reduce the burden of regulation and ensure that patients, whoever they are and wherever they are in England, receive the best dental care possible.’
The report can accessed here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/future-dental-service-regulation.