Treadmill

I felt like I was on an NHS treadmill…now I am enjoying my work again

Louise Hunter NHS Dental Landscape, Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

Eighty-six per cent of NHS dentists don’t see themselves operating within the NHS in five years’ time, according to the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey. Almost 500 NHS and private dentists filled in the survey which also showed that 48% of those who are thinking of leaving the NHS are planning to move to private dentistry. Louise Hunter, owner of Louise …

Your questions answered

How can NHS dentists take more control over their practice’s future?

Zoe Close NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

One of the recurring themes of the recent Confidence Monitor survey that Practice Plan carried out among dentists was that NHS dentists believe their future is in the hands of a government that they don’t feel has their best interests at heart. For the survey, both NHS and private dentists answered a variety of questions asking how they feel about …

Crisis ahead

A potential workforce crisis in dentistry

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

Nigel Jones discusses the issues surrounding dentist recruitment and retention with Eddie Crouch, Simon Thackeray and Ros Keeton… Recruitment and retention are two sides of the same troubling coin for the future of dentistry, particularly within the NHS. Anecdotally, there is much discussion about the difficulty of filling roles in practices. When you add this to surveys* that show NHS …

Your questions answered

Joe Hendron explains what NHS dentists can expect when the new contract rolls out

Joe Hendron NHS Dental Landscape, Practice Management Leave a Comment

Towards the end of 2018, we were told that NHS England are committed to a phased rollout of the new dental contract from April 2020. This declaration of a date comes after years of testing variations (albeit, some would say these were just mildly tweaked iterations of each other rather than any real differences) of a new contract, which at …

HMRC review on associate employment status

Dental advisers discuss HMRC’s review on associates’ employment status

Alan Suggett and Lee Muter NHS Dental Landscape, Practice Management Leave a Comment

Nigel Jones speaks to Alan Suggett and Lee Muter about their views on HMRC’s current tax focus on the employment status of dentists and how any changes to this will affect the sector… In April 2018 HMRC wrote to associates about a review they were holding into their self-employed status. Since then, there has been much speculation about what this …

The NHS discussed

What next for NHS dentistry?

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape, Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

This is the question that, following years of under-funding, under-resourcing and increasing regulation, many have been asking for a long time. There has been a feeling among the profession for a while that things need to change. But how that will happen and who will drive it, is not clear-cut. Some may be hoping the reformed contract due to be …

Why I've changed my mind

Why I’ve changed my mind about a career in the NHS…

Jasmine Lobo NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

Nigel Jones speaks to Jasmine Lobo about her experience of beginning a career in NHS dentistry and why she feels the need for a back-up plan for her career… The retention of dentists in the NHS may be seen as one of the biggest challenges facing the profession. Repeated surveys* show that the majority of dentists don’t see themselves working …

April 2020

A date for the new contract, but will anything change?

Eddie Crouch NHS Confidence Monitor - Industry comments, NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

In April 2020, the reformed NHS dental contract will come into force, and many will be wondering whether the changes this will bring are the kind the profession so desperately needs, while others will question whether they can rely on the Government for this level of transformation. Some may be sceptical that this date will not be pushed back. However, …

Young dentist insights panel

Great expectations…

Nigel Jones NHS Confidence Monitor - Industry comments, NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

Nigel Jones speaks to young dentists about whether the reality of practising dentistry matched their expectations… As someone who has worked in dentistry for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the truly life-transforming impact that clinicians can have on their patients. The satisfaction this must give, is surely hard to match in other professions. And yet, there is a very real …