Our Commitment To You

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Our Commitment To You

We aim to look after all our patients in the way we provide for our own family and friends – we trust you will find us friendly, helpful and supportive.

We are an experienced, established and highly qualified team using modern equipment, materials and techniques in a clean, well maintained and friendly environment.

We took over Shipston Dental Practice in 1996 and have completely refurbished the practice and put systems in place to ensure we can provide the best care for our patients within a modern facility. Over the past 20 years many thousands of pounds have been re-invested into the development of the facility and team, including training from some of the world’s best clinicians.

Since May 2003 we have been proud to be a British Dental Association’s Good Practice and were one of the first Practices in the UK to reach the highest gold standard. By meeting the requirements of the scheme we are shown to be consistently maintaining all nationally agreed standards of good practice, aiming to provide the best dental care for our patients.

shipston_dental_28All our dentists and our hygienist have an on-going commitment to postgraduate education, leading to post-graduate qualifications and ensuring knowledge and skills are maintained up to date. Both Alistair Millward and Ian Preston are part-time clinical lecturers at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School. Ian also teaches advanced techniques to qualified dentists at London’s world renowned Eastman Dental Institute. Carrie Preston holds a clinical assistant post in Orthodontics working with the consultants at Cheltenham General Hospital and has completed 12 months working part time under the consultants on the Paediatric Department at Birmingham Dental Hospital.

As part of our on going commitment to service development and education the practice principals have undertaken substantial additional postgraduate studies. Ian and Alistair have undertaken the Eastman Dental Institute’s Certificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry and Christmas 2013 saw Ian pass the final exam for his Masters Degree in Restorative Dentistry. Also at London’s Eastman Institute Carrie has completed the year long course to achieve the UCL Certificate in Paediatric Dentistry. Our Associate dentist, Chris Dakin completed the Dawson Academy curriculum in the UK and USA in 2013 and has been invited back as a mentor to pass his skills on to other dentists from the UK and around Europe. This investment will ensure Shipston Dental Practice can continue to offer the highest levels of care modern dentistry can provide.

The benefits of staff training are valued and supported and all team members are encouraged to undergo formal training. All our dental nurses are registered with the General Dental Council and undertake continued professional development. As dental professionals, we must be registered with and are regulated by the General Dental Council, meet their standards and comply with their nine principles. You will find all our team knowledgeable, experienced and always willing to help.

The Quality Assurance System we operate ensures that:

All our dental care is of a consistent quality
Effective measures of infection control are used
All legal requirements relating to health and safety in the work place are satisfied
All legal requirements relating to the safe use of x-rays are satisfied
Any requirement of the General Dental Council in respect of the continuing professional development of dentists and the dental team are satisfied. For more information visit www.gdc-uk.org

We give infection control a high priority at the practice. Current British Dental Association guidelines are all met or exceeded and our procedures are regularly reviewed and monitored. Disposable items are used where possible and other equipment is sterilised as appropriate.

We are registered with the Care Quality Commission and our inspection was carried out on 23/2/12. Click here for a summary of the Inspection Report

We have an on-going commitment to oral health promotion within the community including regular school, youth group and nursery visits. We are keen to help establish the best preventative strategies for children as early as possible so that excellent dental health can become part of the routine for every child.