Our first CQC inspection took place on 23rd April 2013. After much anticipation the ‘heart-sink’ moment arrived when our inspector walked through the door. He was a very pleasant chap with a background in care homes and he went on to inspect three outcomes: 1, 7 and 8.
As pressure grows for dental practices to respond to increasing costs and to stay ahead of the growing competition, principals must become more commercially aware. Determining the most appropriate strategy to fulfil financial goals is vital but leading teams to achieve it is imperative. The success or failure of your leadership skills is reflected in your results.Read More
The decision for us to convert to private dentistry was made back in 2006, after the introduction of the latest NHS contract. We signed the contract as many did, but soon realised it was unworkable for us due to the structure of the contract, the UDA target and the UDA value. It very quickly became apparent that without seriously compromising ourselves, the targets were unachievable, and it was a very stressful time.
The whole NHS system is under great strain because the politicians promise it will provide for all clinical needs for all the population, regardless of where one is in the UK, free at source, regardless of income. So, where does dentistry fit within the NHS?Read More
What’s it like being a Practice Plan Regional Support Manager? Well, no two days are ever the same and, recently I’ve had lots of requests from different practices that needed a helping hand in getting their ducks in a row for 2016!
Laura Horton has been evangelising about the benefits of employing a treatment coordinator (TCO) in your dental practice in recent years… and it seems that a lot of people have been listening. More and more practices are employing the skills of a TCO and often to dramatic effect.
Les Jones caught up with Laura to hear why she is so passionate about promoting the TCO role.Read More
Days dedicated to treating children are becoming a popular way of engaging young people in dentistry and they also prove to be both cost and time efficient.
Practice Plan‘s Laura Jones went along to The Old Surgery in Crewe to meet Practice Manager Lisa Bainham to pick up a few hints and tips on how to plan a children’s day in your dental practice.
Everyone wants to improve their business… but sometimes we all need a little friendly prod to get us going. Here are some tried and tested business models and approaches that just might get your creative and strategic juices flowing. Take some time to read them through, think about them in the context of your dental practice and involve the team in applying them to your future plans. Each tool is simple, relevant and easy to get going, all you have to do is commit a bit of time and energy to improve your dental practice.Read More