Activity between 2019-2021
The table below sets out the number of providers who were required to return the monitoring form during this period:
|Regular monitoring 2019-2021|
|Dentistry (BDS)||Dental hygiene and therapy (HT)||Dental technology (DT)||Clinical dental technology (CDT)||Dental nursing (DN)||Orthodontic therapy (OT)|
|1 programme||7 programmes||2 programmes||0 programmes||2 programmes||1 programme|
Activity between 2020-2021
In the 2020/21 academic year all providers were subject to COVID-19 targeted monitoring QA activity as detailed in the section above.
Both EAs and providers were given the opportunity to give feedback on the targeted monitoring process.
With the introduction of the decision matrix, we were able to determine the level of risk associated with programmes more effectively, whilst following a standardised approach. The EAs received training on how to conduct their assessment and were given a breakdown of scoring criteria to enable them to make a fair judgement. We found the calibration meetings to be extremely beneficial to this process and this enabled the EQA team to be sure that EAs had the opportunity to discuss the potential outcome in detail.
Holding a decision-making meeting allowed the EQA team to review all aspects of the EAs assessment, including whether the level of risk was appropriate for each programme. In three cases where a long time had passed since the last inspection, we decided to inspect programme despite their monitoring return showing low risk.
Only one out of 13 providers was scored as high-risk, and this was due to the lack of evidence provided which failed to give us the required assurance.
Regular monitoring outcomes
Of the 13 programmes monitored in the 2019/20 period, we determined that four of the programmes would be subject to regular monitoring and that nine programmes would be inspected:
|Regular monitoring outcomes|
|Dental hygiene and therapy||Dental nursing||Orthodontic therapy||Dental technology||LDS|
|Regular monitoring||3 programmes||0 programmes||0 programmes||0 programmes||1 programme|
|Regular inspection||4 programmes||2 programmes||1 programme||2 programmes||0 programmes|