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How the long tail can help you reach new patients

Lockdown was a frustrating experience for many on both a personal and professional level. It remains a difficult time for many, even as we begin easing back to normality. Often, much of that frustration can…

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The COVID-19 chronicles: an associate’s view

At last, we’re back. There appears no sweeping changes to the NHS in the short -term. Long-term, many cross fingers it’s not back to UDAs. It’s galling it took a pandemic for decision makers to…

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How I set up a private Urgent Dental Centre during lockdown

In the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown, Kris Leeson, Principal Dentist at Thorpe Dental Group, set up a private Urgent Dental Centre (UDC). Here, he talks to Suki Singh about the experience, the challenges and…

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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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The COVID-19 chronicles: an associate’s view

Finances to associates have become a drastic concern after incomes plummeted in a flash. After graduating, I wasn’t thinking of any earning potential. I wanted to be a dentist because it’s what I wanted to…

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Press play when others pause  

Just like an old tape recorder, it appears life has a pause button. In mid-March the country hit the pause button on time and your dental practice. Thankfully though, just like the tape recorder, there…

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The COVID-19 chronicles: an associate’s view

Since my clinical days have reduced by 75%, I’ve tried to get away from the pressures of dentistry. As confirmed by the Dental Confidence Monitor each year, dentistry is a stressful profession to work in…

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How I’ve managed my practice since COVID-19

Communication and staying connected to both our team and our patients have been absolutely vital during this period of extreme flux. Our practice team already had a WhatsApp group set up, which is mainly for…

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A guide to getting started with virtual consultations

Virtual consultations have become increasingly important for dentists to continue seeing patients during COVID-19. And they will doubtless remain a part of the new patient journey as practices continue to recover, rebuild and move forwards…

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How can I stay mentally resilient during tough times in business?

Your dentistry questions answered: mental resilience Practice Plan’s Gary Nelson looks for answers to the questions you’re asking… Running a business like a dental practice is hard work. There’s a lot of responsibility to shoulder…

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The COVID-19 chronicles: an associate’s view

It’s quite surreal sitting here writing this on a day when I’d usually be in the practice looking forward to seeing my patients and catching up with their stories since the last time we met.…

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Furlough and the future

Furlough: what a word! Three months ago it wasn’t even on our radar, now it’s become one of the most talked about words of 2020. Advising on furlough is very difficult for many reasons. At…

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