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The Covid-19 Blog – Reflecting on Friday

The day the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) speaks to us and finally breaks cover. I’m actually looking forward to some leadership at long last and feel quietly confident we are going to get through this.…

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Simon Thackeray reflects on the last couple of days

As much as things these days can have a degree of normality, today feels like it is going to be normal. The staff got paid yesterday, and today the associates need their monthly calculations doing…

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How to mothball your surgery

In 2010, Claire Roberts’ dental practice suffered a complete rebuild following a gas explosion. She found herself having to close the practice, a situation that many are now in due to the outbreak of Covid-19.…

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Could the grass be greener for dentists who adopt an eco-friendly strategy?

From water usage and clinical waste disposal, to staff and patient travel, the dental industry could be doing more to reduce its carbon footprint. While many practice owners may nod their heads in acknowledgement, they…

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Change the way you grow your patient base

If you’re looking for a cost-effective and powerful way of growing your patient numbers then nothing beats asking for a referral. Even in the digital age we’re living in, one of the best and cheapest…

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Lessons from the Workshop Tour

As another successful Practice Plan (PP) Workshop Tour comes to an end, one of our two speakers, Les Jones, looks back at some of the highlights and memorable moments. When I was asked to do…

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Wrestling a pig of a problem?

Laura Jones asks us to take a moment to think… What change do you wish you could create? What’s standing in the way of you achieving your goals and fulfilling your potential? Perhaps it’s a…

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Many happy (tax) returns

With Christmas and New Year celebrations now a distant memory, a more expensive  ‘hangover’ is lurking around the corner. The 31st January self-assessment tax payment deadline can cause sleepless nights for some dentists who are…

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Your dentisty questions answered: tackling my tax bill

Practice Plan’s Tina Wixon looks for answers to the questions you’re asking…

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The boom of the Baby Boomers

According to the Huffington Post (June 2017), Britain’s baby boomers own half of the country’s £11 trillion of wealth. That’s a lot of economic power squeezed into the wallets of a very tight 10-year tribe, the product of a surge in post-war procreation.

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Is your team geared to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

I’ve recently carried out a secret shopper exercise with a number of dental practices across the UK and the results have been a real eye-opener. It seems that the majority of practices are well-versed and skilled in their ability to ‘snatch defeat from the jaws of victory’.

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How Human Factors can help to manage risk and reduce stress

By Ganase Dharrie-Maharaj It was the evening of 29th December, 1972. After a two-hour flight from New York, Eastern Air Lines flight 401 was descending into a calm, moonless night as it approached Miami. In command…

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