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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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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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How the 60% UDA targets will impact the profession

Practice Plan’s Sales and Marketing Director, Nigel Jones, discusses the dental landscape with Eddie Crouch, Chair of the BDA’s PEC. Many dentists were left struggling to deliver 45% of their UDA contract in the first…

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Can and should NHS dentistry return to normal?

Practice Plan’s Sales and Marketing Director, Nigel Jones, explores whether NHS dentistry will return to the way it was before the pandemic – and questions if anyone wants it to…   It’s hard to think…

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Four big things to consider when making a move to private dentistry

Practice Plan’s Zoe Close shares her thoughts on what you need to consider when making a move to private dentistry… The experience of living and working through the pandemic has led many to take a…

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Why 2021 will be the year we go private

In 2013, Luisa Dalla Riva, Practice Manager, and Andy Berwick, Principal Dentist, became the owners of Market Place Dentistry in Thirsk. The practice has been offering both NHS and private treatment, but the couple have…

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Reopening after lockdown with a new business model

Donna Hall talks to Craig Walsh about why he decided to move away from the NHS and go membership-only after the practice reopened following lockdown… Donna: Why did you decide to move from being a…

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Discussing the effect of COVID-19 on NHS dentistry with John Renshaw

Nigel Jones talks to dentist John Renshaw, a high-profile figure in the dental profession with a forty-year interest in dental affairs and a broad knowledge of the NHS. With John’s unique insights into the NHS…

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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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