The changing role of dental therapists and hygienists

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Helen Minnery, president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT), talks about how the roles of therapists and hygienists have changed over a number of years and what the next stages of change will include. She also discusses how the BSDHT and other professional bodies work together for the benefit of the profession. What you’ll hear: Historical …

Big lessons from LEJOG

Big lessons learned from LEJOG

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I have recently completed the challenge of cycling 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LeJoG) with four great mates from the dental sector – Chris Barrow, Sheila Scott, Ashley Latter and Simon Tucker. We went under the banner of ‘FiveGoForth’. It was tough…really tough, but it was also exhilarating, enjoyable and hugely rewarding. Now I’m back, I’ve been …

A new helpline for struggling dentists

A new helpline for struggling dentists

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One dentist is on a ‘personal mission’ to create a helpline to support his colleagues. Jeremy Cooper, who graduated in 1982 and is now based in Salford, wants to set up a 24-hour one-stop-shop phone helpline, backed up by a website, for dentists. It would be run by dentist volunteers offering advice and signposting callers who need help with any …

Put yourself in the picture

Putting yourself in the picture

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Les Jones makes the case for using real images and photos to bring your patient experience to life online… There’s a dentist, whose picture you might have seen, who holds the record for working at the most dental practices in the UK. The number is a little vague, but I reckon he’s either the principal or an associate at over …

5 steps you should take with new starters

Five steps you should take with new starters

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Janet Edwards, HR Manager at Practice Plan explains the right processes to have in place when it comes to integrating a new team member. Even the most self-confident of people may experience some form of anxiety during their first few weeks at work. First impressions count and a planned induction programme is the most effective way to help someone settle …

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.

The value a TCO brings

The value treatment coordinators bring to our practice

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Suki Singh, Regional Support Manager at Practice Plan, speaks to Rachel Dilley, Practice Manager, about how they incorporate the treatment coordinator role into their team… Treatment coordinators (TCOs) have worked in dentistry since the eighties, and yet for some there is still scepticism around the value they bring to a practice. I caught up with Rachel Dilley, Practice Manager at …

How to create an A team

Managing expectations to create an A-team

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After hearing that business consultants Laura Horton and Michael Bentley will be speaking about team development at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, Zoe Close from Practice Plan caught up with the pair to find out more… Practice life runs a lot smoother when the expectations of the team and the practice owner are aligned and, therefore, their relationship …