Quality and Accreditation – Dental introduction to accreditation

I recently attended a meeting talking about the new “ADA Introductory Dental Practice Accreditation Scheme“. Quite early in the meeting one of the dentists who had completed the accreditation said, “I think you should removed the word “Quality” from your publications if you want dentists to understand them”!

Wow! Get rid of quality!

Absolutely no – that was NOT what he meant. What he was trying to say was that for Dentists QUALITY means:

  • We do a fantastic colour-matched filling or crown with beautifully finished margins.

Because this is NOT the type of quality referred to with accreditation confusion occurs. Many dentists have signed up for accreditation without understanding the National standards (ACSQHC) and have been bitterly disappointed and surprised.

The ADA Introductory Dental Practice Accreditation Scheme would be better described as an introduction to dental practice safety processes “Accreditation Scheme”. There are many benefits in checking over the way your practice undertakes staff and patient safety procedures.e.g.

  • When did you last update or complete at your staff’s immunisation records?
  • What sort of new staff induction do you run?
  • Have your staff been kept up-to-date with confidentiality requirements (e.g. social media)?
  • Are you sure you are recording your sterilising processes correctly?

At SmartDentist we have started the “try before you buy” accreditation page so you can work through the accreditation requirements BEFORE you pay out for the “Introduction to accreditation” certificate. We believe that if the requirements for accreditation are a good idea – then dental practices should be encouraged to do them whether they pay for a certificate or not.
Isn’t the aim to encourage safe practice?
Let’s make it easy and transparent.