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Looking after the welfare of your team

Dental Business Coach and Patient Experience and Complaints Manager, Michael Bentley talks to Regional Support Manager, Deborah Bell, about the importance of looking after a practice team’s welfare and shares what he’s learned from completing…

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How the pandemic helped Bridge2Aid develop a new sustainable model.

The pandemic forced many charities to halt their activities abruptly. Some organisations used this period of forced inactivity to reassess their activities and look for ways of doing things better. Practice Plan Regional Support Manager,…

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New World Juggling

Practice Plan Area Manager, Gary Nelson muses on how we’re still juggling, but in a different world. Let me begin if I may with one of my favourite quotes… ‘Isn’t it funny how day by…

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The benefit of personal progress interviews

Practice Plan Regional Support Manager, Josie Hutchings, looks at why ‘personal progress interviews’ are better than appraisals and how you can get the most out of them… When it comes to reviewing the performances of…

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Five seconds to move your patients up or down

Les Jones talks about the importance of setting the right tone during the first few seconds of a patient’s visit to a practice. I was recently reminded of how important first impressions are in any…

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

Area Manager, Gary Nelson reflects on some things that, in this time of great change, are likely to stay the same. ‘I thought I would share some observations based on what I’ve seen during 20…

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The growing mental health crisis in dentistry

Studies consistently point to poor mental health being widespread within dentistry. Pre-pandemic research by Toon and colleagues showed that 10% of UK dentists had experienced suicidal thoughts, compared to the general population figure of 5%.…

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One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever

Michelle Hardy, Sales Support Manager at Practice Plan, shares how to make the most of your first conversation about moving away from the NHS and towards private dentistry. Whenever you’re thinking about changing something important…

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One man walking to get people talking about suicide

Ian Eslick talks about the tragic story behind an epic walk taking place over the summer. Every year more than 6,000 people in the UK choose to take their own lives. That’s a staggering figure…

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The changing landscape of practice ownership

Just a few years ago, we were talking about how the goal of owning a practice seemed less desirable due to rising costs and increasing legislation. Then, along came the pandemic to completely change the…

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Is there a future for NHS dentistry?

Any NHS dentist thinking about whether to move to private dentistry, is likely to be asking themselves whether the NHS has a future. And if it does, is it a future that they want to…

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How to future-proof your practice (and your life)

There have been many lessons to learn over the past two years, but perhaps one of the biggest is that the future is unpredictable and uncontrollable. Which means that there’s an even greater reason to…

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Stop firefighting and concentrate on being a great team leader

Business Coach, Chris Barrow explains why, after two years of dealing with the problems caused by the pandemic, it’s time to adopt a different attitude and start looking to the future again and developing our…

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What is imposter phenomenon?

Practice Plan Area Regional Support Manager, Jayne Gibson, caught up with executive coach and founder of GuruYou, Rebecca Mander, to talk about what imposter phenomenon is and how people can overcome it… JG: We’re going…

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Employed or self-employed? Presenting a clear difference.

Solicitor, Sarah Buxton, looks at how to clearly define whether your associates are employed, or self-employed. The issue of employment status has, aside from the pandemic, been arguably one of the biggest topics in dentistry…

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Don’t tear your hair out, tear some paper instead.

Practice Plan’s Creative Director, Les Jones explains how making collages helped him during lockdown and has now become a part of his life. At the start of the first lockdown, I turned to art and…

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Mental health awareness month: Loneliness – you’re not alone in feeling lonely.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Regional Support Manager Amy Hansford, talks about this year’s theme: ‘Loneliness’. It’s important to underline that loneliness is not just about being alone. It might be a bit of…

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Extra Power or Low Battery… The Triggers

Area Manager, Gary Nelson, talks about the importance of knowing how to regulate your mental bandwidth. Finally, it’s Spring. Longer days and nights giving more daylight and hopefully a much-needed dose of Vitamin D through…

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