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 …

Your Questions answered

Chris Barrow talks about how you can increase patient referrals

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A personal recommendation is a powerful tool in bringing new patients to your door and a cost-effective way of generating additional income. Most practices know this of course, but many still struggle with how to harness the power of patient referrals and maximise this revenue stream. I, and my colleagues who are visiting dental practices, are often asked how they …

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 …

Impossible

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 …

Expert advice from Thomas Coates

How to avoid your Lawyer

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Thomas Coates discusses the measures you should take to ensure that you don’t find yourself in costly disputes with business partners, staff and even family members. He talks about how putting legal agreements in place right from the start is vital and can save headaches, heartache and cost in the long run.

income losses

Has the extreme weather left you facing clawbacks or a loss of income?

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A regular and predictable income is the holy grail for any business and that’s no different for dental practices. Nigel Jones discussed how a dental practice can generate an income, even when they are forced to close or the dentist is away on holiday. Due to the recent exceptional weather circumstances, many practices have experienced closures and appointment cancellations. I …

Your NHS questions answered

Eddie Crouch explores the issue of the corporates having an advantage when the new contract is introduced

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Among the many questions that dentists have about the impact of a reformed dental contract in England, is one about whether the corporate businesses will have an ‘edge’ when it’s introduced. It is understandable that many may feel that the corporates, due to their size, are better equipped than the average independent practice to meet the requirements of a new …

Tony-K-interview

The Big Interview: Tony Kilcoyne

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A few months after his election to the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC), we caught up with Tony Kilcoyne to find out whether he can offer the same outspoken voice to the profession from the inside as he often has done as an outsider. We also discussed the powers of the BDA to effect change and influence politics, contract reform …

Prototype feedback

Does the prototype feedback offer optimism for the future?

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The latest results from the NHS Confidence Monitor survey revealed deep unhappiness among dentists in the NHS, and that the majority are considering leaving. Similarly, research carried out by the BDA found comparable results. In light of this, I met Eddie Crouch, vice-chair of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee, to discuss whether contract reform and the experience of those in …