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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

Guest Writer NHS Dental Landscape, Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

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.

Future of practice ownership

What does the future of practice ownership look like?

David Houston, Tony Kilcoyne NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

David Houston and Tony Kilcoyne explore what the future holds when it comes to owning a dental practice… While there may be no formal career pathway for dentists entering the profession, traditionally the route went from graduate to associate to practice owner. However, as the costs of owning a practice increase, along with the legislation that owners have to contend …

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Tooth whitening: Everything you need to know

Harriett Boon Dental Health Leave a Comment

They’re everywhere. Just one quick swipe on social media, one flick of the page in our glossy magazines and the perfect pearly whites of our favourite celebrities are shining bright and dazzling us. With cosmetic treatments becoming increasingly accessible to us mere mortals, let’s explore the options and try to answer some common questions along the way.

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

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

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 …

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The dos and don’ts of retirement planning

John Clarke HR and Team Development Leave a Comment

Time-consuming administration, challenging NHS contracts and record practice values have led to an increasing number of dentists looking to retire early, typically between the ages of 50 and 55. Many dentists have an idea of what they would like to do after they finish work but often the hardest decision is the timing of retirement and understanding when they can …

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Young dentists at the coal face

Jasmine Lobo, Petros Mylonas NHS Dental Landscape, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Our experience – beginning life as a dentist Recent BDA research has revealed that more than half of dentists aged under 35 are planning to leave the NHS within five years and 10% intend to exit the profession entirely. In a recent BoDcast, Dr Austin Banner, Trustee of the BDA Benevolent Fund, also reported that more and more young dentists …

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The Big Interview: Tony Kilcoyne

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

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 …

Kenny Barr

Switching plan provider gave me the support I need for my practice’s future

Kenny Barr Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

We decided to leave our existing plan provider as we were no longer confident in their long-term future. I already knew of Practice Plan’s professional standing and I have known Jayne, one of their Regional Support Managers, from her many years in the industry, so they were my first port of call. Within a month of deciding to make the …