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Dentistry – a profession that trusts no one?

Trust is a word that gets bandied around a lot in dentistry. Usually it’s in the context of creating a trusting relationship with your patients and building rapport. However, what’s not spoken about as often…

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The confidence to make a move…

Deborah Parson, Practice Manager at Weobley Dental Surgery, explains the reasons behind their move from NHS dentistry to private, why they chose Practice Plan to support them through the process and how the move has…

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Going private was the right decision for us!

Back in 2020, the team at Plumfield Dental Practice started to talk more seriously about converting from NHS to private dentistry. Previously the topic had been brought up in conversations, but they had never pressed…

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NHS England’s activity target silence followed by the late announcement speaks volumes…

Head of Sales, Zoe Close, looks at the latest Government announcement on the increased NHS activity target…. Until the evening of September 30, NHS dentists were in a position where they had absolutely zero control…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is 2020 the year you break free from the NHS?

Deep disillusionment and unhappiness with the current NHS general dental contract was one of the key findings from the latest Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey. 89% of predominantly NHS dentists said they were unhappy/very unhappy with…

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What does my future in NHS dentistry look like?

Suki Singh looks at how contract reform could impact the clinical roles within a dental practice… Reform of NHS dentistry will have an impact on everyone in the practice team. If you hold an NHS…

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One dentist’s story of successfully moving from NHS to private

Louise Hunter decided to move away from the NHS and into private practice after reaching a point where she was ‘sick of being on that treadmill’. Her associates at Louise Hunter & Associates in Northumberland continued offering NHS services but Louise had had enough and moved to private in 2017.

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How and why I left the NHS

Almost half of NHS dentists who say they don’t see themselves in the NHS in five years’ time are intending to move to private dentistry. That’s according to the latest results of the Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey.

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Dental contract reform- how will your practice be affected?

In the most recent update to the contract reform process, there have been proposals to extend the regulations that allow prototyping to continue for another two years. The regulations had been due to run out…

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