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Will COVID-19 break the contract reform logjam?

Martin Woodrow, Chief Executive of the BDA, talks to Nigel Jones, Sales and Marketing Director at Practice Plan, about how COVID-19 may impact the timescale and nature of contract reform, the new contractual arrangements from…

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Nishma Sharma: As dentists, we need to do the right thing

Nigel Jones talks to Nishma Sharma, a practising dentist and clinical advisor for NHS England and the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, about communication between governing bodies and dentists, the management of associates during…

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Five financial planning tips for young dentists

Magdelena Harding, Financial Advisor for Wesleyan, shares the common areas that are stopping the UK’s young dentists achieving financial security… During the uncertain times we face as a dental community, actively and effectively planning is…

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How teledentistry can fulfil the cosmetic dentistry boom

Teledentistry is the provision of dental care, advice or treatment without direct face-to-face patient contact. The concept has been around for a while, but it’s become potentially revolutionary for the industry following the advent of…

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Discussing NHS dentistry with Eddie Crouch

Nigel Jones talks to Eddie Crouch, Vice-Chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee (PEC), about the current arrangement for NHS dentists in England, how activity is being measured and what indications there are about NHS…

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The COVID-19 chronicles: an associate’s view

Diplomacy is a fine balancing act of appeasement. To implement change and bring about political shifts in thinking takes time. The changes our profession needs cannot happen overnight. Except on this occasion, something really did…

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A weekend in the life of a dentist during COVID-19

It’s Friday, and my first session this week as the duty dentist. My three associates – Julia, Rich and Andy – have already done their stints, but this is the first one that will be…

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How do you protect your plan income during the COVID-19 crisis

For dentists across the UK, this is a hugely worrying time with almost every practice either closed or open for emergency treatment only. However, for practices with a patient plan in place, there is some…

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A day in the life of a dentist during COVID-19 – Day 2

After appearing to fail to achieve anything at all yesterday, today started with the intentions of working on the to-do list more religiously than previously. It started off with making sure all the remote working…

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A day in the life of a dentist during COVID-19 – Day 1

It seems like I’m in a surreal Christmas/disaster movie, all the days have started to merge into one. I’ve been asked to write a bit of a blog/diary about what is happening in my life…

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Being a leader during difficult times

Gary Nelson shares his thoughts on how to lead effectively during a crisis… Being a leader isn’t an easy role. Even when everything is running smoothly it carries a great weight of responsibility. However, in…

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The decline of the full-time dentist

Nigel Jones and Eddie Crouch discuss the difficulties in retaining young dentists and the rise of the ‘portfolio career’… More and more young and newly qualified dentists are less and less interested in working full…

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