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Recruitment and listening to the sound of the river

“Listen to the sound of the river if you want to catch fish.”   Now this is a phrase that has always resonated with me because of its simplicity, and I have recounted it many…

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How we’ve adapted to a year of change

No two days have been the same over the last year, with dental practices having to adapt quickly to change after change. As we start to see a light at the end of the lockdown…

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How the pandemic impacted the dental practice market

Practice Plan’s Nigel Jones caught up with Tom Coates, FTA Law’s Managing Director,  to discuss how the pandemic has impacted the dental practice market… NJ: Hi Tom, we’re going to go right back to March…

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Vicarious liability – your questions answered

Zoe Close, Practice Plan Head of Sales, and Sarah Buxton, an employment lawyer, explore your questions on vicarious liability and its impact on the profession… The topic of vicarious liability that has come out of…

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How to resolve associate contract disputes

Employment Solicitor Sarah Buxton looks at NHS associate contract disputes and the best way to overcome them… Why have there been associate disputes? At the start of the pandemic, when all practices had to shut…

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How to encourage mental resilience within your team

Louise Bone asks Johanna Hooper, a performance coach who specialises in leadership, three burning questions on how to support your team through tough times… LB: How can practice leaders support their team with the stress…

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‘Language Timothy’

Gary Nelson shares advice on how to change the words you use to make sure negativity does not seep into your working life…   Does anyone remember the sitcom ‘Sorry’ from the 1980s or is…

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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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Strengthening my business

Donna Hall speaks to principal dentist and Harborne Dental Practice owner Kirsty Robinson about the changes she is making to build a more resilient business this year… Donna: How did the last year give you…

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The Covid-19 Chronicles: an associate’s view #7 Hussein Hassanali

For the last 12 months, Hussein Hassanali has been blogging about life in the dental world during the pandemic. Throughout his series of blogs, he has described the challenges of working through Covid and in…

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Vicarious liability and the impact on dental practice owners

Back in February, you may remember our blog on a case that rocked the boat on vicarious liability, its impact on the future of dentistry, and its effect on the practice owner and associate relationship.…

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The Dental Shipping Forecast

For many of you, April will have heralded the start of a new financial year. The start of another journey for your business, and yourself if you like. If this was a journey you were…

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Dentists offering an empathetic ear to their fellow professionals

Concerns around the mental health of dentists across the UK have continued to grow over recent years – with many studies showing the high levels of stress and anxiety felt within the profession. A survey…

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Employment law – changes you need to be aware of

FTA Law Director and Employment Solicitor, Sarah Buxton, looks at recent changes to employment laws that practices need to be aware of, the latest regarding employees who are shielding, and the Government furlough scheme… Statutory…

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A TEN:TEN or maybe a Boosted TEN:TEN

Time has become an incredibly precious commodity since practices have reopened. It has been an arduous period where, for many business owners, appraisals, one to ones, job chats and staff assessments (or whatever you want…

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The five steps to becoming a membership-only practice

Fliss McCalmont discusses the benefits of being a membership-only practice and how to successfully move to that business model. Why become a membership-only practice? For obvious reasons, financial stability and security has taken higher priority…

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Gary Nelson shares his ‘Motiv 8 Plan’ on how to motivate yourself and your practice over eight weeks…

Motivation is the force that guides behaviours. We may be out of a total lockdown, however practices are still working under restrictions and rules, and it is likely some of you may need a little…

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