Eight reasons to quit sugar

Natasha Wilcock Dental Health Leave a Comment

These are some of the recent headlines about sugar…

“Removing sugar from diet for just nine days can have ‘dramatic results’, new study claims.”  Independent

“Sugar is as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco, warn health experts.” The Telegraph

“Sugar is addictive, warns top doctor.” The Times

Sugar seems to have replaced fat as the number one food to avoid due to it’s numerous adverse health effects. Have you ever thought about quitting, or at least considerably reducing your sugar intake? To be clear, I’m not talking about natural sugars present in unprocessed fruits and vegetables as these are bound together with fibre, vitamins and minerals, all of which have numerous benefits. I’m talking about free sugar, which is sugar that has been added, and is found in processed food such as sweets, chocolate, ready meals, savoury fast food, reduced fat foods and many dressings and sauces.

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To sell or not to sell – the pros and cons of putting your dental practice on the market

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If you’re considering putting your dental practice on the market, this podcast is a must! Join host Nigel Jones as he catches up with Wesleyan Bank’s, Raj Patel to gain his expert knowledge and advice on the pros and cons of putting your dental practice on the market.

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How to boost your practice income

Tips and advice on how to give your practice income a boost!

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Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of presenting The Practice Plan Workshop Tour along with my friend and dental communications expert, Simon Tucker. We’ve had a great time hosting events up and down the UK from Southampton to Edinburgh.

The theme of the tour has been ‘The 10% Push’ – an interactive day looking at ways in which dental practices can drive up their income and profits – and it’s been a fascinating experience.

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Office of the CDO and guests discussion panel

The Office of the CDO and guests discussion panel – 12th June 2017

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The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England brought together a panel of leading members within NHS England, Public Health England, CQC, BDA, Health Education England and the Department of Health on 12th June 2017, to answer the most asked questions on NHS dentistry. And you can hear everything that was said in this Bodcast!

Panel members included:
  • Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England
  • Janet Clarke, Deputy Chief Dental Officer England
  • Eric Rooney, Deputy Chief Dental Officer England
  • Mick Armstrong, Chair of BDA
  • Janet Williamson, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice and Dentistry CQC
  • Nicholas Taylor, Chair of COPDEND and English Dental Deans
  • Helen Miscampbell, DoH
  • Sandra White, National Lead for Dental Public Health in Public Health England
  • David Geddes, Department of Primary Care Commissioning in NHS England
  • Jonathan Green, Executive Director, Fitness to Practise, GDC
  • Ash Patel, Clinical Lead at CDO Office
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Will there be some temporary financial relief for dentists?

John Clarke Practice Management Leave a Comment

The Government’s decision to delay the launch of its ‘Making Tax Digital’ (MTD) proposal is welcome news for dentists amid concerns that complying with the controversial scheme would have represented a sizable financial outlay for practice owners. According to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), implementing the system may cost UK SMEs at least £3 billion in addition to ongoing compliance costs.

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A little more conversation a little less selling

How to sell with confidence in your dental practice

Ruth Findlay Practice Management Leave a Comment

Asking your patients the right questions is the best way to lead to a tailored treatment plan that you can confidently discuss with them, without the need for a ‘hard sell’. Here, Ruth Findlay, Regional Support Manager discusses the best way to sell with confidence in your dental practice. 

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Fired up for success

Driving your dental practice to success

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Kresse Wesling is an award-winning entrepreneur and one half of a soaring brand that reclaims old fire hoses to create luxury goods. You may wonder what this has to do with dentistry! The surprising truth is, there are inspirational parallels to be drawn between old fire hoses and dentistry, so read on to learn how the dental profession can benefit from Kresse’s bright ideas and experiences.

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Putting your practice under review

The benefits of reviewing your own practice to keep standards high

Lynn Leach Practice Management Leave a Comment

We live in a society where everyone now has the opportunity to review almost every place they have ever stepped foot in. Online review sites have become hugely popular, with thousands of people making the most of their chance to share their opinions on everything from hotels, to restaurants and plumbers. Tripadvisor receives more than 60 million contributions a year, while the number of reviews posted every minute by Yelp users is 26,380.

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Will the UDA values be reviewed when the new contract comes in

Tony Kilcoyne’s views on whether the UDA values will be reviewed when the new contract comes into place

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The issue of the huge variation in UDA values in practices throughout England, and sometimes even on the same street, is one that has been challenging the dental profession for some time. While the rollout of a new contract could be the ideal opportunity for some sort of harmonisation, that seems a long way off with little incentive for Government to disturb the current uneasy equilibrium. Here Tony Kilcoyne shares his views on this issue.

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Our success story: how one practice grew their award-winning business

Sharon Nanson Practice Management Leave a Comment

Twenty-three years ago, in a caravan in a car park at Titchfield Community Centre, Clare Chavasse opened Titchfield Dental. As patient numbers steadily grew, the practice expanded. Firstly, into a two-surgery practice with one dentist and two nurses in a converted garage, and finally to what it is today – an award-winning private practice with three dentists, in a converted residential property.

Here Practice Manager Sharon Nanson, who has been part of the team for 21 years, shares their story and explains how partnering with Practice Plan supported their growth.

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