Practice Management

How to future-proof your practice (and your life)

There have been many lessons to learn over the past two years, but perhaps one of the biggest is that the future is unpredictable and uncontrollable. Which means that there’s an even greater reason to…

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Employed or self-employed? Presenting a clear difference.

Solicitor, Sarah Buxton, looks at how to clearly define whether your associates are employed, or self-employed. The issue of employment status has, aside from the pandemic, been arguably one of the biggest topics in dentistry…

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Making changes to contracted hours

Employment and HR Lawyer, Sarah Buxton, lays out the correct process you need to follow when it comes to changing your teams contracted hours… There may come a time in your practice where, for one…

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Recruiting the ideal team player

Business Coach, Chris Barrow, gives you a guide on what to look for when you’re trying to recruit the ideal team player…

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Three ways to boost your team’s morale

Josie Hutchings, Regional Support Manager at Practice Plan, looks at three ways you can help boost your team’s morale…   Over the last 18 months, the morale of teams in many businesses will have been…

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Top tips for staff induction programmes

Zoe Close looks at what you need to include in induction programmes to give your new staff the best chance of succeeding in their new role…   It can be quite daunting for a new…

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What is systemic resilience and how can it help you and your employees?

Leadership coach Johanna Hooper looks at systemic resilience and how it can help you in practice…. ‘What is systemic resilience?’ I hear you saying. I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it. Well,…

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Six ways to show your staff how much you appreciate them

Regional Support Manager Donna Hall brings you six ways to show your team how much you appreciate them…   The team you have around you are the life and soul of the practice, but it…

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How to upskill and get the best out of your dental nurses

Nicola Gresty, Practice Plan Area Manager, has been talking to Lisa Bainham, The Old Surgery Practice Manager and President of Association of Dental Administrators and Managers (ADAM), about why you should value your dental nurses…

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How to keep your team motivated

Practice Plan Regional Support Manager, Lou Bone, looks at what you can do to motivate you and your team following a tough 18 months…. It’s safe to say that practice staff really have had a…

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How to manage flexible working requests

Sarah Buxton, FTA Law Employment Solicitor, looks at flexible working requests and how best to deal with them… Sometimes a member of staff may have a change in circumstances that could revolve around, for example,…

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Top tips on how to recruit and retain staff in this tough market

Tina Wixon, Practice Plan Regional Support Manager,  caught up with Sarah Buxton, HR and employment law Solicitor,  to discuss how practices can overcome the current difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff… TW: Hi Sarah, we’re…

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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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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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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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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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Furlough scheme changes you need to be aware of

The Government’s furlough scheme has slightly changed following the third lockdown. Currently, it is due to expire at the end of April, but discussions are ongoing in Westminster about another extension. HR and Employment Solicitor…

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