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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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Your dentistry questions answered: retirement planning

Almost a quarter (24%) of NHS dentists are intending to retire earlier than planned, according to the latest Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey. More than 400 NHS and private dentists took part in the survey in…

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Do dentists require a Hollywood investment to recreate the Hollywood smile?

The ‘Hollywood smile’ was once considered only attainable by ‘A-list’ celebrities. However, fast forward to a new millennium and achieving perfect, dazzling white teeth is now an affordable option for an increasing number of image-conscious…

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My story: volunteering with a helpline for dentists

In 2019 a group of dentists, spearheaded by Jeremy Cooper, created Confidental, a helpline for dentists in distress. The purpose of Confidental is to ‘provide emotional first aid for dentists in distress’. It is a…

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The big questions that dentists want answering this year

Zoe Close asks some well-known figures in dentistry what key questions they think need addressing in 2020… At the start of the year, thoughts turn to what may lie ahead. And in times of uncertainty…

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Your dentistry questions answered: flexible commissioning

As the discussion and speculation about the roll-out of NHS dental contract reform has rumbled on, there has been more and more talk about flexible commissioning. But while those who are familiar with the initiative…

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