Why NOW is the Time to Make the Move from NHS to Private Dentistry.

Watch Les Jones, Zoe Close and Craig Walsh as they reflect on what we have learnt about working within NHS dentistry throughout the pandemic. You’ll discover the reasons why there’s never been a better time to make the change and how becoming a mixed or fully private practice can help you to fall back in love with dentistry.

This is an on-demand video which was recorded with Dental Update on Thursday 15th July 2021. It has a duration of 1 hour 11 minutes.

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Les and Zoe discuss:

  • What day-to-day life is like working within the NHS and how the COVID-19 pandemic has given dental teams a taste of the benefits of private dentistry
  • How the pandemic has highlighted the importance of dental care and changed the behaviour of patients and made them more accepting of change
  • The surge of new patient enquiries within private practices and reports of a three-year waiting list within NHS practices
  • The key factors you need to consider when thinking about making a full or partial conversion
  • Your options out of the NHS and towards independence, along with the many benefits of making the move.

They’re also joined by Craig Walsh, Principal of Buxton Dental Practice, who took control and decided to move away from the NHS and go membership-only after his practice reopened following lockdown.

About the speakers

Les Jones

Les Jones is the Creative Director at Practice Plan, having worked within the dental industry for over twelve years he has a wealth of knowledge about the industry. With a forward-thinking, strategic and practical approach, Les will challenge you and your team about doing things differently and better for the future of you and your practice.


Zoe Close

Zoe Close is the Head of Sales at Practice Plan and has over 30 years’ experience in the dental sector, including business manager for a corporate group, dental nurse, head receptionist and practice manager. Zoe is passionate about supporting practices and can offer invaluable advice on how to strategically and successfully run your business.


Craig Walsh

Dr Craig Walsh BDS BSc is the Principal Dentist at Buxton Dental Practice, a family practice situated in the heart of the Peak District. Craig moved away from the NHS to go membership-only after the practice reopened following lockdown.

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