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 …

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 …

Your NHS questions answered

A practice manager and owner from a prototype B practice discuss how their practice has managed the level of administration

Natalie Stavri & Len D'Cruz NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

A lot of discussion has taken place around the financial aspect of contract reform, as well as the affect it may have on the patient care pathway. However, here we look at what changes any new contract will have on the daily administration of running an NHS practice. Reform, if it happens, will by its nature affect the way the …

NHS questions answered

Paul Worskett discusses the level of financial risk associated with running a prototype B practice

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Contract reform remains a source of uncertainty and one of the issues that is still unknown is what level of financial risk dentists may face when, or if, it is implemented. A measure of success of the prototypes is whether the new pathways being tested deliver appropriate high-quality care and access for patients (as well as delivering value for money). …

Your Burning Questions Live

Nigel Jones put your questions to a panel of experts

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At the BDIA Dental Showcase, Nigel Jones hosted a panel discussion focused on the future of NHS dentistry. In addition to questions asked by Nigel, dental professionals in the audience were also able to put their own questions to the panel. Eddie Crouch, Orthodontic Practitioner and Vice Chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee (PEC) was joined on the panel …

What is the impact of the prototype blends on those practices involved?

Ben Atkins shares his experience as a director of a prototype blend B practice

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Since April 2016 two different blends of remuneration have been tested out by practices (a total of 80 are currently involved) as part of the contract reform process. The difference lies in the proportion of care that is covered by capitation and activity. To get more insight into the real impact of these blends on a practice, here, we have …

Will the new NHS contract help therapists utilise their full scope of practice

Helen Minnery talks about the impact the new NHS contract could have on the wider dental team

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A lot of the debates and discussion so far around contract reform has focused on the impact it will have on dentists. Yet, of course, whatever changes might be coming to the profession will affect the entire team – and could alter the shape of the workforce. How exactly that would look remains to be seen. It could mean modifications …