Dental Landscape

I felt like I was on an NHS treadmill…now I am enjoying my work again

Eighty-six per cent of NHS dentists don’t see themselves operating within the NHS in five years’ time, according to the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey. Almost 500 NHS and private dentists filled in the survey which…

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What next for NHS dentistry?

This is the question that, following years of under-funding, under-resourcing and increasing regulation, many have been asking for a long time. There has been a feeling among the profession for a while that things need…

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A matter of trust

Steve Croston, owner of Church Road Dental Practice, discusses how changing plan provider was a matter of trust… After becoming the sole owner of my practice, I took the opportunity to move to a new…

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Prototype practices perspectives on what the future holds

Following confirmation that the contract reform process will rumble on for another two years, with fresh calls for new practices to join the prototype programme, I caught up with two dentists already involved. Len D’Cruz…

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“Since moving to private I have increased the amount of time I spend with patients and the type of service I can offer.” – Ann-Marie Bard

My parents had worked in the NHS and I’d also worked in the NHS for 20 years, so it’s something I really believe in. However, with funding becoming tighter and tighter and costs increasing, alongside…

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“After leaving the NHS I feel unshackled and free to practise the kind of dentistry I’ve always dreamed of.” – Gordon Downes

I decided to leave the NHS after 29 years of running an NHS practice, it was a big decision but it has completely changed my personal and professional life.

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Kerrie Hibbert explains why you should use a plan provider

Introducing a membership plan at the heart of your private practice will not only provide you with the security of a regular cash flow, but your patients with the best way to package their maintenance…

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Josie Hutchings talks patient membership plans and explains why they are the foundation of private practice.

For any small business, reaching the position of being able to generate predictable, profitable and sustainable income is high on the priority list. Not only does it reduce stress and increase confidence, but it provides…

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NHS Insights Panel: Are new dentists ready for the ‘lion’s den’?

The results from the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey revealed deep levels of unhappiness among NHS dentists and anxiety about complaints and litigation across both private and NHS sectors. Despite being anxious in this area,…

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Switching plan provider gave me the support I need for my practice’s future

We decided to leave our existing plan provider as we were no longer confident in their long-term future. I already knew of Practice Plan’s professional standing and I have known Jayne, one of their Regional…

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Ben Atkins shares his experience as a director of a prototype blend B practice

Since April 2016 two different blends of remuneration have been tested out by practices (a total of 80 are currently involved) as part of the contract reform process. The difference lies in the proportion of…

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Helen Minnery talks about the impact the new NHS contract could have on the wider dental team

A lot of the debates and discussion so far around contract reform has focused on the impact it will have on dentists. Yet, of course, whatever changes might be coming to the profession will affect…

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Two dentists look back on their move away from the NHS

Moving away from the NHS is something many dentists spend a lot of time considering. Here, Practice Plan shares the experiences of two principal dentists who introduced private dentistry into their NHS practice in different…

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Four things to think about when considering going private

Josie Hutchings, Regional Support Manager at Practice Plan, examines the big questions to ask when thinking of moving to private…

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Judith Husband talks about the likelihood of the introduction of time-limited contracts within the new NHS contract.

The idea of time-limited contracts was proposed by the Government two years ago as a way of improving market competition and efficiency. A source of much debate since then, we asked Judith Husband, who has…

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Our story: three practices’ experience of switching plan provider

Moving your membership plan provider is something practices can be keen to do, but often postpone as they think it will be too much hassle and worry about patients’ reaction to change. Yet, with the…

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Paul Worskett, shares his views on how the issue of patient charge revenue is being addressed in the new contract

Patient charges have risen, but the same cannot be said for contract values. And, alongside the growing gap between UDA values and these charges, it can be a balancing act. Here, we ask Paul Worskett,…

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Len D’Cruz’s views on the future for associates within the new NHS contract

The future for the whole profession of dentists working under the reformed contract within the NHS is unclear, but here we look specifically at how associates could be impacted by the changes. Len D’Cruz, whose…

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