Kenny Barr

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

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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 …

What is the impact of the prototype blends on those practices involved?

Ben Atkins shares his experience as a director of a prototype blend B practice

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Since April 2016 two different blends of remuneration have been tested out by practices (a total of 80 are currently involved) as part of the contract reform process. The difference lies in the proportion of care that is covered by capitation and activity. To get more insight into the real impact of these blends on a practice, here, we have …

What are the prototype practices saying?

Eddie Crouch discusses current feedback coming from the prototype practices

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Vice Chair of the British Dental Association Principal Executive Committee, Eddie Crouch talks to Nigel Jones about the current feedback coming from prototype practices about NHS contract reform. They discuss the potential time scales for change and consider what will happen if the proposed changes are proven to be unsuitable.

Nigel Jones shares his views on the results of the 5th NHS Confidence Monitor results

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In this episode of Bodcast Nigel Jones, Sales and Marketing Director at Practice Plan shares his views on the results of the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey. He looks at the contrast between the responses from NHS and private dentists and talks about what he thinks the results mean for the future of dentistry. Nigel refers directly to the results, …

Building up a successful private practice

Building up a successful private dental practice

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Simon Thackeray draws on more than 10 years of experience in private dentistry to offer unmissable advice for building a successful private practice. He talks frankly and honestly about the worries he faced in the beginning and the importance of seeking expert advice. He looks at how critical a strong team is and finally the way his practice has evolved …

Will the new NHS contract help therapists utilise their full scope of practice

Helen Minnery talks about the impact the new NHS contract could have on the wider dental team

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A lot of the debates and discussion so far around contract reform has focused on the impact it will have on dentists. Yet, of course, whatever changes might be coming to the profession will affect the entire team – and could alter the shape of the workforce. How exactly that would look remains to be seen. It could mean modifications …

NHS Exit

Two dentists look back on their move away from the NHS

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Moving away from the NHS is something many dentists spend a lot of time considering. Here, Practice Plan shares the experiences of two principal dentists who introduced private dentistry into their NHS practice in different timeframes. Ann-Marie Bard has just made the move in the past year, whilst Michael Cahill can give a longer-term view after leaving the NHS 19 …

4 questions to ask when thinking about going private

Four things to think about when considering going private

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Josie Hutchings, Regional Support Manager at Practice Plan, examines the big questions to ask when thinking of moving to private…

How Likely is the introduction of time-limited contracts

Judith Husband talks about the likelihood of the introduction of time-limited contracts within the new NHS contract.

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The idea of time-limited contracts was proposed by the Government two years ago as a way of improving market competition and efficiency. A source of much debate since then, we asked Judith Husband, who has first-hand experience of working within a time-limited contract, for her thoughts on the question:

Our story: three practices’ experience of switching plan provider

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Moving your membership plan provider is something practices can be keen to do, but often postpone as they think it will be too much hassle and worry about patients’ reaction to change. Yet, with the right provider to support them through the transition process and beyond, the move can be more straightforward than you think and reap many rewards such …