In conversation with Joe Hendron

Why I resigned from the prototype programme

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Nigel Jones talks to Joe Hendron about his decision to withdraw his practice from the prototype programme earlier this year and why he also decided to write an open letter to Jeremy Hunt explaining the reasons why. What you’ll hear: Why Joe decided to withdraw from the prototype programme The personal and professional costs he came across by taking part …

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“Since moving to private I have increased the amount of time I spend with patients and the type of service I can offer.” – Ann-Marie Bard

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My parents had worked in the NHS and I’d also worked in the NHS for 20 years, so it’s something I really believe in. However, with funding becoming tighter and tighter and costs increasing, alongside the uncertainty around contract reform and how difficult they could be to fulfil, I had to consider an alternative.

The best way to pay associates

Andy McDougall explains the best way to pay associates

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This is a question we hear a lot from practices who are struggling to create a fee structure that is attractive to an associate, but also makes sound financial sense for the business. It is an important question as getting your associate’s remuneration right can have a big impact on your practice’s profitability and sustainability. But there are a lot …

Future of practice ownership

What does the future of practice ownership look like?

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David Houston and Tony Kilcoyne explore what the future holds when it comes to owning a dental practice… While there may be no formal career pathway for dentists entering the profession, traditionally the route went from graduate to associate to practice owner. However, as the costs of owning a practice increase, along with the legislation that owners have to contend …

Your questions answered

How can dentists balance delivering quality patient care while working in a target orientated system?

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I was asked this question by a dentist, and I think it reflects wider concerns among the profession and a feeling they are being asked to perform an increasingly difficult balancing act to achieve conflicting goals. The desire of dentists to deliver quality care to patients and improve their oral health has been consistent in the 20-plus years I’ve worked …

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Kevin Lewis: taking more control of the future could lessen anxiety among profession

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Nigel Jones interviews Kevin Lewis about the reasons for dentists’ anxiety around complaints and litigation, and whether there is cause for optimism that this may change… Anxiety about complaints and litigation is rife among the dental profession, according to the recent Confidence Monitor survey of more than 400 dentists. Whilst many may well have predicted these results, they do provide …