No sugar

Sugar-free for February

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We’ve all heard of ‘Stoptober’, ‘Movember’ and ‘Veganuary’ but as far as I’m aware, February has never had its own catchy strapline….until now that is, but which one to choose?

Cancer Research UK are calling it ‘Sugar-free February’ and the British Heart Foundation are asking us to ‘Dechox’ this month, while ‘Fizz-free February’ is being promoted as part of the national Sugar Smart UK campaign.

It might sound a little confusing but although each campaign has it’s own name and focus, they have one BIG thing in common, the idea that for the month of February you should try, one way or another, to reduce your sugar intake.Read More

Employment Law Update

Understanding the law in relation to rest breaks and rotas

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Sarah Buxton shares her advice for ensuring that your staff rota adheres to the law. She explains the importance of clear contracts, how a rota should work in a dental practice and the dangers of the more informal agreements many dental practices have in place.

What you’ll hear:
  • The current law in respect of rest periods and breaks
  • The consequences of not adhering to the law
  • How an employer can protect themselves.

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Crisis ahead

A potential workforce crisis in dentistry

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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 dentists don’t see themselves in the NHS within the next five years, it feels like a potential crisis. Read More

Lost signals

What’s your signal to noise ratio?

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Imagine, for a moment, that I am a prospective patient in your area looking for a new dental practice.

Of course, I’m a modern consumer, so I’m not an easy catch. I’m looking around a bit – searching online, asking a few friends for referrals and checking out a few websites.

Now imagine that, as I’m doing that, we managed to come face to face.

For a small amount of time, you have my undivided attention, it’s your opportunity to make your pitch to tell me the big messages that you want me to get about your practice – the things that set you apart from the competition and how those things will benefit me.

What would you say to me?Read More

Expert advice from Thomas Coates

Preparing your practice for sale

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It is often said that you should have one eye on your exit from the moment you start up in business. In this podcast, Thomas Coates highlights some areas of best practice to ensure you are in the best position possible when you do come to sell your practice.

What you’ll hear:
  • Details of different business structures and the effect they can have on a sale
  • Issues that can make the process of selling a practice more difficult
  • How to ensure your practice is at its most attractive when it is time to sell.

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Your questions answered

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

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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 times felt like it had no real end-date in sight.

Throughout this testing via pilot practices and a prototype programme, while many have been in favour of some aspects – such as the Oral Health Assessment, that many agree is positive – there has also been a lot of commentary from those involved about the target-driven nature of the contract, the cost to practices to achieve these targets and the continued use of UDAs.     

Now a date has been set, I asked Joe Hendron, whose practice was a prototype until 2018 when he pulled out, citing his reasons in an open letter to the then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt: With the date for contract reform set for April 2020, what can NHS dentists expect after that?Read More

HMRC review on associate employment status

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

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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 could mean for the future of associates and the wider profession. In late 2018 the BDA said it had become aware that HMRC was writing to more associates and inviting them for interviews in relation to this review.

To seek some further clarity on this ongoing issue I discussed the implications of the review with Alan Suggett, from NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) and UNW LLP chartered accountants, and Lee Muter, also from UNW…Read More

Sarah Jarvis

Invest to impress when it comes to your practice

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The benefits to your business of updating your practice and improving your facilities can be huge. Sarah Jarvis talks through your refurbishment options and how to make your budget stretch further.

What you’ll hear:
  • The benefits associated with improving your practice facilities
  • Options for spreading the cost of refurbishments
  • Why spending less could cost you more in the long term.

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The NHS discussed

What next for NHS dentistry?

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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 rolled out from April next year, will be a catalyst for the change they’ve been waiting for. However, so much is still unknown about what reform will actually look like that it can be difficult to know whether, if they continue to wait, they will be rewarded or if they will still be facing similar issues.  

It can be seen as a sign of how uncertain dentists feel about what the profession will be faced with from 2020 onwards, that 100 turned up to a panel discussion looking for the answer(s) to that question. The discussion between the panel members – Eddie Crouch, Vice-chair of the BDA; Ian Redfearn, owner of a prototype A practice; Paul Worskett, owner of a prototype B practice; and George Savva, owner of a mixed practice – as well as questions posed by the audience, revealed what is particularly troubling the profession about their future.Read More

Why I've changed my mind

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

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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 in the NHS within five years’ time.

One particularly troubling aspect of this issue is that it is not just restricted to those who have been at the coal-face for a long time and, some might say, have earned their right to feel jaded and weary. It feels like there are more and more stories of younger dentists who are reaching this point within the first few years of embarking on their career.Read More