Talking about my generation

Talking about my generation

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

Being a new dentist today is a much different experience compared to 70 years ago when the NHS was first established – and some would say the same for 20 years ago. In this 70th anniversary year for the NHS I spoke to Shivana Anand, a young dentist and co-founder of a training company for new dentists, about what it’s like to qualify and become a dentist today, and what the future looks like…Read More

Allocation of UDAs

Eddie Crouch shares an insight into why regional difference exist

Eddie Crouch NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

The details of government and public bodies’ machinations are often convoluted and hard to disentangle for those not directly involved. It can be no less the case when it comes to understanding the decision-making process behind how the English NHS dental contract works, even – or, perhaps, especially – for those professionals whose job it is to deliver that contract.

Decisions around UDAs – not least, for many, the one to continue using them – will undoubtedly be among the most important for dentists to gain clarity on given the impact they have on the profession. But, as UDAs are set to stay, even under the current proposals for contract reform, it can be useful to seek some clarity about the way they are allocated and gain some insight into why regional differences may exist.  

To dig deeper into this subject, I asked Eddie Crouch, Deputy Chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee: How are decisions made about regional allocation of UDAs?Read More

Expert advice from Chris Barrow

How to build great teams

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Chris Barrow talks about what defines a great team, how the employer and employee definition of a great team can be different and the best way to resolve this.

What you’ll hear:
  • What makes great teams tick
  • How to communicate in a great team
  • Best practice when it comes to recruitment, hiring, appraisal and promotion
  • How to keep the right people and let the wrong people go

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Practice Plan Workshop Tour

What does a Practice Plan Workshop Tour entail?

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Top hats and toast…two things that are not often synonymous with running a dental practice. Yet under the expert guidance of Sheila Scott and Chris Barrow, these two items were used during Practice Plan’s last Workshop Tour to help practices find new ways of discussing issues, generating ideas and solving problems.Read More

Stop losing patients

How to stop losing patients

Janet Mason Practice Management Leave a Comment

Every practice will have a natural churn of patients – people move away or pass away. But it is a concern if your practice is losing patients because they are choosing to move to a different practice in your local area. My question to the team in this instance is, ‘why do you think they leave your practice?, I then get them to think about a time when they last received poor service from a shop/restaurant, etc, and then when they received outstanding service – generally there are more poor service instances than outstanding. However, we generally don’t complain about the poor service we receive, instead we make the decision to go elsewhere. To get the team thinking about the service they offer, I ask them to list everything they aren’t good at, what they do well, then everything they are great at and what they excel at. The idea being they are identifying areas that need attention. Below is a list of some of the ‘honest truths’ that come out of these sessions along with a few ideas on how to deal with them:Read More

Employment Law Update

The latest changes to Employment Law

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Employment Law solicitor, Sarah Buxton, talks through the most recent changes to Employment Law and how these will impact dental practices and teams.

What you’ll hear:
  • How GDPR is impacting employment matters
  • Information about sexual harassment and the use of non-disclosure agreements
  • How stand-by time or being ‘on call’ needs to be considered in relation to pay.

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A view into the future

Prototype practices perspectives on what the future holds

Nigel Jones Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

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 both to find out more about how their experience in the programme so far informs their opinion about contract reform and the future of dentistry.Read More

picnic your way to health

A selection of tasty picnic recipes with no added sugar

Natasha Wilcock Dental Health Leave a Comment

A healthy diet is kind to your body and your teeth and can also make you feel great! Overconsumption of added sugar is the leading cause of dental decay and is a major contributor to chronic disease, so it makes sense to reduce our intake.

Due to the vast number of foods that contain added sugar, cutting back can be tricky and confusing but don’t worry, it’s not impossible! Put simply, the best way to control the amount of sugar we consume is to eat food that we’ve prepared ourselves, so we have control over what it contains. Fear not, it’s easy and less time-consuming than you might think.

Now the sunny weather is here, it’s a great time to grab some food and a blanket and head into the great outdoors. Here are some ideas for quick picnic dishes, made from scratch without adding any unnecessary sugar.Read More