In conversation with Zahid Siddique

Introducing Dental Training Consultants

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Zahid explains the process that dental students go through during their dental foundation training interview in order to achieve their ranking. He introduces Dental Training Consultants, and explains how they help young dentists achieve their learning objectives and prepare for this interview.

What you’ll hear:
  • Details of the dental foundation training interview
  • An overview of the process dental students go through to get ranked
  • An introduction to Dental Training Consultants and what they do.

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Challenges of delivering dentistry to children

The challenges of delivering dentistry to children

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Children’s dental health has been hitting the headlines a lot this year, and unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.

Early in 2018, BDA Chairman Mick Armstrong described it as a ‘badge of dishonour for health ministers’ after figures revealed the number of hospital tooth extractions for under-18s in England had risen to 42,911 in 2016-17. That’s a rise of over 6,000 since 2012-13.

Organisations are trying to tackle the issue with the launch of the Dental Check by One campaign by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD), supported by the CDOs of England, Wales and Scotland. The campaign aims to remind parents and guardians of the importance of children seeing a dentist before their first birthday.

With this in mind, I spoke to Siobhan Barry, a consultant in paediatric dentistry at the University Hospital in Manchester, about the issues facing paediatric dentistry, the challenges dentists face in treating children and advice about seeing anxious children…Read More

Expert advice from Thomas Coates

Business structures and managing your business partners

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Thomas discusses the different business structures used by dental practices and how they differ. He details practical steps to take and the relevant paperwork to put in place in order to avoid future conflict with your business partners.

What you’ll hear:
  • The difference between Expense Sharing, Traditional Partnership and Limited Company models for practice ownership
  • Details of the documentation necessary to set up these arrangements correctly
  • Examples of where things can go wrong
  • How to handle a dispute with a business partner.

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Your questions answered

How does GDPR impact our ability to refer patients to other practices?

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The end of November marks six months since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s probably fair to say it’s been a learning curve for everyone, including dental practice teams, in terms of how to ensure compliance with these new rules.

As new circumstances concerning patients’ data arise, practices continue to seek answers about their best way forward. I asked Pat Langley from Apolline, who support practices in compliance, to answer one of the queries we’ve received: How does GDPR impact our ability to refer patients to other practices?Read More

Sarah Jarvis

Factors to consider when selling your practice

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Sarah focuses on the key financial considerations practice owners should make when putting their dental practice on the market. She also outlines the different types of buyers in the market and discusses realistic time scales for preparing to sell.

What you’ll hear:
  • Appropriate timeframes for selling your practice and when to beginning planning
  • The importance of a comprehensive valuation from a specialist sales agent
  • Things a potential buyer will look for in a practice
  • The pros and cons of selling to corporate groups, dental associates and introduced buyers

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Young dentist insights panel

Great expectations…

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Nigel Jones speaks to young dentists about whether the reality of practising dentistry matched their expectations…

As someone who has worked in dentistry for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the truly life-transforming impact that clinicians can have on their patients. The satisfaction this must give, is surely hard to match in other professions. And yet, there is a very real problem with recruiting and retaining new dentists.

Of course, alongside the positive feel-good factor of making a difference to your patients’ lives, there are many challenges: managing patient expectations, delivering the quality care you want to while working within the parameters of the NHS, mounting regulation, the fear of complaints and litigation, to name but a few.

With the current struggle around recruiting and retaining dental professionals, it seems as though the balance is tipping and the negative factors are out-weighing the positives. It may well be that for those entering the profession, their expectations of delivering this transformational dentistry is not matched by the reality of being a dentist, resulting in them deciding early on that it is not the career for them.Read More