Within dentistry, 2016 felt to me like the year of the unanswered questions – the most important one arguably being, ‘how long can the profession’s status quo be maintained’? This question, amongst others, needs answering if the profession’s worryingly low levels of morale and insecurity about the future are to be addressed before the end of 2017.
In issue 13 of The Business of Dentistry Magazine, an exclusive interview with the Chair of the BDA, Mick Armstrong, divulged his views on the future of the BDA as well as dentistry in the UK. Here, Practice Plan Area Manager Zoe Close reflects on Mick’s views on regulation and gives her thoughts.
Following the recent publication of a full-page advertisement in The Telegraph newspaper on 4th July which appears to encourage patients to bypass local resolution in favour of engaging with the dental complaints service (DCS), Practice Plan has expressed its concerns in correspondence sent to Evlynne Gilvarry, Chief Executive of the GDC.
The importance of positioning your prices correctly (as well as making sure you’re meeting GDC standards) – a handy tip from Regional Support Manager, Emma Sillars. Last year, a new series of GDC standards were released for the dental team and there is one particular point which relates to costs:
Former Technical Director at Practice Plan, Graham Penfold is renowned for his expertise in strategically advising dental practices and writing on policy and managerial issues affecting dentistry. Here, Graham shares his knowledge on using incentives in the practice. Rewards, promotions and special offers; tantalising words for some and an anathema to others, but becoming increasingly common amongst dentistry where practices are looking …