Dental Landscape

One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever

Michelle Hardy, Sales Support Manager at Practice Plan, shares how to make the most of your first conversation about moving away from the NHS and towards private dentistry. Whenever you’re thinking about changing something important…

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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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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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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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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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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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Preparing for reform and when it might happen…

For around a year most of us involved in dentistry have been working towards contract reform being rolled out in April 2020. However, as that date draws ever closer and there is no sign of…

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Your dentistry questions answered: dentists’ ability to take control of the future

At a recent major dental exhibition, we gathered a panel of well-known dentists to answer the biggest questions in dentistry today. As the host of the panel, I had some pre-prepared questions, however the audience…

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Your dentistry questions answered: leaving the NHS

Leaving the NHS is a big change and becoming private, more often than not, feels like so much more than just shifting your business model. I know from years spent talking to dentists that it…

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Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Nigel Jones urges dentists to take steps to ensure they don’t face the same challenges that many did after the 2006 contract reform…

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How we manage offering both NHS and private dentistry

Introducing private dentistry into an NHS practice is a step many take. Whether it be on the way to turning fully private or the end goal in itself, offering both services introduces a new element…

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NHS contract reform – what dentists need to know

‘Knowledge is power’ was one of the key messages for NHS dentists at the latest What Next for NHS Dentistry? event. Panellists, including Eddie Crouch from the BDA, and practice owners involved with the prototype…

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‘It’s time for the profession to set their own destiny’

Almost 100 dental professionals gathered to hear a panel of experts discuss the potential impact of contract reform at the recent What Next for NHS Dentistry? event held in Durham. Such a gathering suggests a…

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