dental regulatorsDental regulators encouraged to put quality improvement at the heart of their work by the RDSPB.

In its new report, ‘Working together, delivering change‘, the Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board (RDSPB), the board established to bring together dental regulators including the GDC and CQC, is calling for a cultural shift in dentistry, to ensure patients receive the best possible dental care.

It has acknowledged that there have been significant steps towards putting quality improvement at the heart of dentistry, but is calling on this commitment to be expanded across the wider dental sector, including regulators.

‘As the regulator for health and social care, the CQC is determined to make sure that people have access to safe and high-quality dental care, and to encourage improvement,’ Dr Janet Williamson, CQC’s deputy chief inspector of general practice and dentistry, said.

‘We share this drive with our partners on the Regulation of Dental Services Programme Board and while the majority of dental services in this country are of a good standard, we need to see it from everyone involved in the provision and commissioning of dental care.

‘Together, the board is finding ways to support a system of regulation that prioritises patient safety and shares best practice.

‘I am extremely proud to say that the way the board now works together and communicates constructively is a real testament to the dedication shown over the last three years.’

Improvements

The CQC and the GDC have also taken the opportunity to refresh their commitment to closer working, improved data-sharing and reduced duplication.

‘We think the board is making a real difference and has already delivered some innovative new ways of working,’ Matthew Hill, executive director of strategy at the General Dental Council, said.

‘But there are still many opportunities for regulators to work with the dental team to get the best for patients.

‘We will continue to support the board in driving further improvement.’