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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

In conversation with Zahid Siddique

Introducing Dental Training Consultants

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Zahid explains the process that dental students go through during their dental foundation training interview in order to achieve their ranking. He introduces Dental Training Consultants, and explains how they help young dentists achieve their learning objectives and prepare for this interview. What you’ll hear: Details of the dental foundation training interview An overview of the process dental students go …

Expert advice from Thomas Coates

Business structures and managing your business partners

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Thomas discusses the different business structures used by dental practices and how they differ. He details practical steps to take and the relevant paperwork to put in place in order to avoid future conflict with your business partners. What you’ll hear: The difference between Expense Sharing, Traditional Partnership and Limited Company models for practice ownership Details of the documentation necessary …

Your questions answered

How does GDPR impact our ability to refer patients to other practices?

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The end of November marks six months since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s probably fair to say it’s been a learning curve for everyone, including dental practice teams, in terms of how to ensure compliance with these new rules. As new circumstances concerning patients’ data arise, practices continue to seek answers about their best way …

Young dentist insights panel

Great expectations…

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Nigel Jones speaks to young dentists about whether the reality of practising dentistry matched their expectations… As someone who has worked in dentistry for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the truly life-transforming impact that clinicians can have on their patients. The satisfaction this must give, is surely hard to match in other professions. And yet, there is a very real …

Insights panel

Dentistry debated – is the NHS’ delicate balance about to be tipped?

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Nigel Jones discusses some of dentistry’s big issues with a panel of big hitters from the profession… How do you balance professionalism with delivering the requirements of an NHS contract? In all the conversations I’ve had with dentists during this year, this is a question that has come up time and again in one form or other. One conversation that …

In conversation with Yasmin Allen

The digital revolution is coming, is dentistry ready?

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Yasmin Allen discusses how dentistry cannot ignore advancements in digital technology. She talks about the importance of workforce strategy and training in order to maximise the potential for digital change within both NHS and private dentistry. What you’ll hear: What ‘digital’ means in the context of dentistry The ways in which practices, patients and clinicians can benefit from digitisation How …