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Why now is the right time to raise your treatment prices

This is an important subject, so I’m going to address it via two blogs. The first of which is looking at why now is the right time to raise your treatment prices, and the second…

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Prescribing your patient plan

Jayne Gibson talks about the benefits of ‘prescribing’ your membership plan to patients and shares how one practice manages this approach… With many practices seeking to introduce a membership plan or increase the number of…

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We built up our plan membership by prescribing it as a maintenance and preventative measure

Lynne Clark talks to Amy Barnes, Business Director of The Lytham Dental Clinic, about why and how they’ve started prescribing the plan membership in a similar way they would a treatment plan and the benefits…

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Your dentistry questions answered: mental health

Practice Plan’s Zoe Close looks for answers to the questions you’re asking… How can I manage my anxiety at work? Surveys conducted by Practice Plan, the BDA and Dental Protection over the last few years…

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Keep your team happy by keeping them in the know

Communicating well with your team may have been a little trickier this year. Firstly, there’s the physical challenge of gathering everyone together in one place when members of the team may well be furloughed, on…

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A kick-start guide to professional growth for private associates

Gary Nelson shares his advice and experience on how independent associates can enhance and grow their career in the new year… Developing yourself as a clinician is necessary to build a career that is as…

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Three simple strategies to communicate the health benefits of your plan

Janet Mason shares her thoughts on which strategies are most effective when it comes to successfully communicating your plan membership to prospective patients… Lockdown for many practices has highlighted how beneficial a well performing plan…

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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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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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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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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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The reality of reopening: part two

In my first blog that I wrote around four to five weeks after reopening, I spoke about how uncomfortable and cumbersome it was to work in the new levels of PPE. We’re now a further…

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How teledentistry can fulfil the cosmetic dentistry boom

Teledentistry is the provision of dental care, advice or treatment without direct face-to-face patient contact. The concept has been around for a while, but it’s become potentially revolutionary for the industry following the advent of…

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How to best utilise your dental hygienist or therapist post-COVID-19

Amber Ojak, a Dental Therapist based in Edinburgh, shares some of her top tips on how you can reintroduce your dental hygienist or therapist back into the workplace and maximise their impact on your diary…

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