Top hats toast & moments of truth

Sheila Scott and Chris Barrow give us a glimpse of what to expect on this year’s Workshop Tour

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Sarah Whittall, Events and Marketing Coordinator, catches up with dental business experts, Sheila Scott and Chris Barrow, ahead of this year’s Workshop Tour to find out what they have in store for you…Read More

How to soothe practice headaches

How to tackle three big headaches faced by dental teams

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During my 30 years in the dental profession, including many years working in both private and NHS practices, I would say that the challenges facing private practices have remained largely unchanged. Perhaps with the exceptions of the CQC with more rigorous regulation and compliance, managing NHS contracts and ensuring delivery of UDAs, and the increasing competitiveness in the private market – particularly since the last dental contract reform in 2006.

Below, are three of the top concerns that I hear a lot from dental teams, many of which are familiar from my time working in practice:

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The importance of language in a dental practice

Sheila Scott’s advice on the importance of language in a dental practice

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Don’t miss the latest episode of Bodcast with Sheila Scott! In this episode, hosted by Zoe Close, Sheila talks about the use of ‘bad’ language in dental practices and provides her advice on the type of language you should be using when you’re talking to patients.

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Seven simple steps to attracting new patients

How to attract more patients to your dental practice

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Attracting new patients is a perennial challenge for practices, and something I often hear when visiting dentists is how to do so without spending too much money. Of course, the best approach for you will depend on your practice’s individual circumstances, your goals and your budget. Having said that there are some areas that are worth thinking about as a starting point as to how you can begin to entice new patients to your practice…

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CDO briefing day

Office of the CDO explained

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The office of the CDO called a briefing day last month to bring clarity to what the office is responsible for, what they are focusing on and what they’ve a achieved so far.

The agenda included:
  • Smile4Life
  • NHS England structure, responsibilities and relationship to OCDO
  • Leading the change
  • Innovation and improvement
  • Digital transformation

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Are dentists missing out on vital tax reliefs?

Are dentists missing out on vital tax reliefs?

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John Clarke, Head of Business Development at Wesleyan Bank explains…

High-earning dentists expect to pay a lot in taxes every year. However, many are failing to take advantage of legitimate tax relief benefits which could save them thousands of pounds and help to improve their practice’s cash flow and fund future investments.

According to research conducted by Catax, 39 per cent of SMEs are unaware they can claim a valuable form of tax relief known as ‘Capital Allowances’ and many businesses, including dental and GP practices, could be sitting on a potentially significant tax windfall which may never have been brought to their attention previously.Read More

A bright future

A bright future based on decades of success

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Alexandra Dental Care has earned itself a reputation as a quality practice that is focused on delivering preventive dentistry, backed up by many years in business. Josie Hutchings, Regional Support Manager at Practice Plan, caught up with Practice Manager, Zoe Sharp, to find about more about their path to success. Here she shares their story…

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Bulletproof HR advice for your practice

Bulletproof HR advice for your practice

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HR and employment law Solicitor, Sarah Buxton, is the latest expert in dentistry to share her expertise and advice with practice managers and business owners.

The age-old phrase ‘prevention is better than cure’ has no better use than here. If you’re a practice manager or business owner, having to recruit a new member of staff or let go of a current one can be a taxing situation, but taking advice before you act can save you a lot of time, effort and money in the long term.

You need to consider the CQC and employment law when you’re faced with recruiting and terminating staff; if they’re not on your radar, then they should be! Failure to adhere to them can be costly for a business, so make sure that you have access to updated CQC requirements and are implementing them successfully.Read More

Five aspects to consider before buying a dental practice

Taking the plunge – five essential aspects to consider before buying a dental practice

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Buying a dental practice is one of the biggest decisions that a dentist is likely to make and can be stressful for all parties involved. From choosing the right business model to determining the best location, many personal and legal factors must be carefully taken into consideration before taking the plunge.

There are several burdens and rewards associated with buying a dental practice depending on which route you wish to go down – NHS, private or a mixture of both. This podcast will highlight what essential due diligence dentists should undertake so that they are more likely to achieve their goals and ensure their practice is sustainable and successful in the long-term.

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How to recruit the bets team member

Four ways to ensure you recruit the best candidate

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Interviewing candidates to join your practice team is an important process as it is essential to find the ideal person who is the perfect fit for you and your business. After all, having a team in place who understands what your business is trying to accomplish and works together to meet common goals is the quickest path to business success.

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