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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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Three ways to avoid burnout

The levels of stress and burnout among the dental profession has been a worrying issue long before the arrival of COVID-19. Results from a BDA survey of over 2,000 dental professionals published in January 2019…

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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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A simple mental exercise to trigger a positive state of mind

If someone told you that in just three simple steps, you could transform your problems into opportunities, would you? With this easy-to-follow technique from Barry Oulton, Lynn Leach explains how… ‘COVID fatigue’ is a term…

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Two little words and the power of gratitude

Gary Nelson shares how showing appreciation for your team during tough times helps create a positive work environment… A new term that’s becoming commonplace during the pandemic is ‘COVID fatigue’. Your team members are becoming…

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How to re-set and achieve your practice’s goals

Tina Wixon explores the need to re-set your goals and the steps you can take to make sure you achieve them… Alongside all the operational changes practices have had to make in the wake of…

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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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Five lessons from COVID-19 that are worth remembering

Janet Mason looks at what positive lessons can be taken from the recent pandemic to make your business even stronger… COVID-19 has been a huge cloud hanging over dentistry, and the country, ever since March.…

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How to inspire positive perceptions of oral hygiene education

Amber Ojak shares her game-changing EME (Educate, Motivate, Encourage) approach to bridge the gap between your patients’ home routine and what’s taught to them in practice… Prevention is a growing priority for the dental profession…

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Heard about NHS pension discrimination? Here’s the plan to end it and how it may affect you

Our parent company, Wesleyan, shares the implications of the Age discrimination within the NHS pension scheme and the proposals published by the Government to remove this discrimination for members of all public sector pension schemes…

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Why it’s never too late to start a financial plan

Stephen Barry, Financial Advisor for Wesleyan, shares insights on the common areas that are best to focus on by more experienced dentists in order to improve financial fortunes… While its always recommended to start a…

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Being an NHS prototype practice during the pandemic…

Before COVID-19, reform of the NHS dental contract was probably one of the most talked about subjects in dentistry. Which perhaps goes to show the magnitude of the impact of the pandemic on the profession,…

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How your trading structure forms the keystone to your dental business

Les Jones shares insights from Paul Griffiths, Specialist Dental Financial Consultant at Wesleyan, into how the trading structures of various businesses work and important considerations for your business… While the current climate may be a…

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Ever wish you could solve your problems by saying “Alexa, skip to Friday”?

Gary Nelson shares his reasoning for taking a step back to appreciate the present when your current situation becomes overwhelming… I don’t have Alexa in my household, but over these last few weeks, or more…

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Mobility and opportunity as we look ahead to 2021

Les Jones talks to Chris Barrow about the challenges facing dentists now and opportunities for the future… Since the beginning of lockdown, Chris Barrow has been in constant contact with hundreds of dentists through his…

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Your dentistry questions answered: financial forecasting

Practice Plan’s Donna Hall looks for answers to the questions you’re asking… My financial forecast isn’t where I thought it would be. How can I bridge the gap? Never has the saying ‘best laid plans’…

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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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