Excel programme first dental service to be awarded UKAS accreditation

Denplan’s Excel programme has become the first dental service to receive UKAS accreditation

Denplan’s Excel programme has received UKAS accreditation, becoming the first dental service to achieve this recognition.

The Excel programme is an advanced quality assurance programme, developed for dentists to help support clinical governance, professional regulation and excellence in patient care and communication.

‘We are thrilled that 15 years after the launch of the Excel programme, heralding the arrival of a unique quality assurance programme in UK dentistry, it has now been granted UKAS accreditation,’ Henry Clover, deputy chief dental officer at Denplan, said.

‘This is the culmination of an enormous amount of work to demonstrate that all aspects of the Excel programme conform to the ISO 17065 standard for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

‘UKAS accreditation of the Denplan Excel programme is recognition that Denplan has the necessary competence, combined with robust procedures and operations in place to assess the wide range of clinical, governance, legal and regulatory tasks that dental practices have to perform.

‘This will continue to ensure that high standards in patient care and communication are met by Denplan’s Excel dentists.

‘We believe that this accolade will also place all Excel dentists in a favourable position, as the GDC (General Dental Council) moves towards introducing a revalidation scheme (now known as ‘continuing assurance’) and regulators like the CQC also recognises the potential value of clinical service accreditation and peer review schemes as information sources to support its inspections.’

What is UKAS?

UKAS accredits over 3,000 organisations worldwide throughout industry, business and commerce for this purpose.

UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess organisations that provide certification, testing and inspection services against internationally agreed standards.

Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates an organisation’s competence, impartiality, capability and helps underpin the credibility of performance, goods and services.

Excel dentists also gain free access to Denplan’s market-leading patient communication and assessment tool, DEPPA.

This is an evidence-based assessment that allows dentists to produce a colour-coded report to present to patients, which can help aid understanding and communication regarding their oral health and future risk of dental caries, periodontal disease, tooth wear and oral cancer.

Further information about Denplan Excel and DEPPA can be found at www.denplan.co.uk/excel

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