Dentists are being warned that they could face fixed penalty notices from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for not having a registered manager.
Since 1 October 2011, the CQC has required organisations to name and register managers.
The registered manager is registered with the CQC to be the day-to-day manager and share the responsibility for compliance with the regulations.
A fixed penalty notice of £4,000 could be handed down if practices do not have a registered manager. This could increase to £50,000 and potentially a jail sentence if this is not paid.
One practice in Brighton received such a penalty. The commercial director said: “In January this year we received an email with three notices.
“After putting our application in back in 2011 we hadn’t heard anything and assumed it had all gone through.
“We’re not a big corporate, we’re not doing anything deliberate or underhand, it’s purely an admin error and we’re not trying to avoid any fees because there isn’t a fee to pay for having a registered manager.”
The penalty at the practice in Brighton was given without any warning or notice to rectify the error.
With the CQC cracking down on registered managers, practices are being urged to ensure they have a registered manager and check all the small print in the regulations to avoid any potential penalties.