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 …

April 2020

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

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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, …

In conversation with Yasmin Allen

Dental urgent and emergency care – the pinch point of the challenges facing dentistry

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The issues faced in dental urgent and emergency care settings are often a magnified reflection of the problems in dentistry as a whole. Yasmin Allen discusses the current situation with Nigel Jones, explaining the improvements that are urgently required and the benefits of both NHS and private dentists understanding what urgent and emergency care settings are dealing with. What you’ll …

Losing money

Four ways your dental practice could be losing money, and how to fix it

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The dental industry is a dynamic sector characterised by growth and increased investor activity in recent years. Analysis conducted by IBIS World has revealed that the overall UK dental market size in revenue terms was £6.7bn in the UK in 2017-18 and forecasted to grow at approximately 1.1% per annum over the next five years, up from 0.5% annual growth …

David Cottam, Vice-Chair of the BDA’s GDPC explains how is the fee uplift calculated each year

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The pay increase awarded to dentists annually is often a source of consternation for the profession, with many dentists feeling it is not adequate reparation for their hard work. There is also the discrepancy between increases in patient charge revenue (PCR), which have risen by five per cent annually since 2016, and the increases in the fee uplift for dentists. …

Mouth care matters

Delivering dentistry to vulnerable older people

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Nigel Jones speaks to Mili Doshi about a programme that has been working to improve oral health for older patients in hospitals… Earlier this year I attended the Westminster Health Forum, where images of older hospital patients’ mouths in a terrible state were shown. These pictures were truly shocking and highlighted the issue of the mouth being ignored – through …

A view into the future

Prototype practices perspectives on what the future holds

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Following confirmation that the contract reform process will rumble on for another two years, with fresh calls for new practices to join the prototype programme, I caught up with two dentists already involved. Len D’Cruz is a dentist and practice owner in a prototype B practice, and Claudia Peace is an associate in a prototype A practice. I spoke to …

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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.