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How to upskill and get the best out of your dental nurses

Nicola Gresty, Practice Plan Area Manager, has been talking to Lisa Bainham, The Old Surgery Practice Manager and President of Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM), about why you should value your dental nurses…

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The importance of happy thinking

Regional Support Manager Gary Nelson looks at the importance of happy thinking and how it can improve your practice…. There are many things we cannot control in this crazy world we currently live in, however,…

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How to keep your team motivated

Practice Plan Regional Support Manager, Lou Bone, looks at what you can do to motivate you and your team following a tough 18 months…. It’s safe to say that practice staff really have had a…

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How to manage flexible working requests

Sarah Buxton, FTA Law Employment Solicitor, looks at flexible working requests and how best to deal with them… Sometimes a member of staff may have a change in circumstances that could revolve around, for example,…

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Five ways to combat musculoskeletal problems

Osteopath Sam Leopold talks about how dentists can overcome the common issue of musculoskeletal problems…   Back pain, poor posture and tension headaches are common workplace health issues suffered by dentists. As dentists, you spend…

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Being your own best friend

Andy Elwood explores five ways to improve your mental health by being your own best friend…. We’ve all had rough patches in the last year and the way I’ve coped is by using a technique…

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A case for making the move away

If you’re considering a move away from the NHS towards a life in private practice, there has never been a better time to do so. Even though there are currently many factors working in your…

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Is it time to talk about leaving the NHS?

It’s a big decision. Talking it through with someone, safe in the knowledge that it doesn’t obligate you to do anything, can help you feel confident that it’s the right move for you. Especially if…

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Top tips on how to recruit and retain staff in this tough market

Tina Wixon, Practice Plan Regional Support Manager,  caught up with Sarah Buxton, HR and employment law Solicitor,  to discuss how practices can overcome the current difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff… TW: Hi Sarah, we’re…

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From running practices to helping the homeless

Area manager Suki Singh has been speaking to Rachel Dilley, Practice and Business Development Manager at Town Hall Dental, about the charity foundation she helped set up and the work it is doing in the…

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Three top tips to improve your team’s wellbeing

Dr Mahrukh Khwaja spends her time practising as an NHS dentist as well as helping other professionals to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Practice Plan recently caught up with Mahrukh, who founded the wellbeing…

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Has the Covid lockdowns lifted your savings? Top tips for making your money work for you

Michael Copeland, senior area manager at Wesleyan Financial Services, explores how dentists can get the most out of their lockdown savings…. In the face of new infection control protocols and looming backlogs of patients that…

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The right words at the right time

Gary Nelson, Regional Support Manager, gives advice around how to answer difficult questions from frustrated patients…   I am seeing and hearing a lot of confused and frustrated patients on the NHS at the moment,…

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Ways to improve communication with your team

Zoe Close explores the different ways you can improve communication in your practice… Overcoming lack of face-to-face meetings Over the last year there will have been times when you wouldn’t have been able to have…

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Changes in the dental marketing world

Donna Hall speaks to Digimax Founder Shaz Memon about the change in dental marketing over the past year and offers from some tips for practices… Donna: What changes did you see in the way practices…

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Are you ready to leave the NHS?

It’s been a hugely challenging time for all of us, but with the future landscape of the NHS looking changeable yet again, are you looking to take your practice in a different direction and convert…

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NHS dentistry – your questions answered…

Practice Plan’s Nigel Jones and the British Dental Association’s (BDA) Eddie Crouch delved into a range of topics within the NHS dental landscape in a recent webinar.   Throughout the webinar, many dentists submitted questions…

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The Covid-19 Chronicles: an associate’s view #8 – Hussein Hassanali

For the last 12 months, Hussein Hassanali has been blogging about life in the dental world during the pandemic. Throughout his series of blogs, he has described the challenges of working through Covid and, in…

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