How is the fee uplift calculated

David Cottam, Vice-Chair of the BDA’s GDPC explains how is the fee uplift calculated each year

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The pay increase awarded to dentists annually is often a source of consternation for the profession, with many dentists feeling it is not adequate reparation for their hard work. There is also the discrepancy between increases in patient charge revenue (PCR), which have risen by five per cent annually since 2016, and the increases in the fee uplift for dentists. …

Mouth care matters

Delivering dentistry to vulnerable older people

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Nigel Jones speaks to Mili Doshi about a programme that has been working to improve oral health for older patients in hospitals… Earlier this year I attended the Westminster Health Forum, where images of older hospital patients’ mouths in a terrible state were shown. These pictures were truly shocking and highlighted the issue of the mouth being ignored – through …

A view into the future

Prototype practices perspectives on what the future holds

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Following confirmation that the contract reform process will rumble on for another two years, with fresh calls for new practices to join the prototype programme, I caught up with two dentists already involved. Len D’Cruz is a dentist and practice owner in a prototype B practice, and Claudia Peace is an associate in a prototype A practice. I spoke to …

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“Since moving to private I have increased the amount of time I spend with patients and the type of service I can offer.” – Ann-Marie Bard

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My parents had worked in the NHS and I’d also worked in the NHS for 20 years, so it’s something I really believe in. However, with funding becoming tighter and tighter and costs increasing, alongside the uncertainty around contract reform and how difficult they could be to fulfil, I had to consider an alternative.

Future of practice ownership

What does the future of practice ownership look like?

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David Houston and Tony Kilcoyne explore what the future holds when it comes to owning a dental practice… While there may be no formal career pathway for dentists entering the profession, traditionally the route went from graduate to associate to practice owner. However, as the costs of owning a practice increase, along with the legislation that owners have to contend …

Your questions answered

How can dentists balance delivering quality patient care while working in a target orientated system?

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I was asked this question by a dentist, and I think it reflects wider concerns among the profession and a feeling they are being asked to perform an increasingly difficult balancing act to achieve conflicting goals. The desire of dentists to deliver quality care to patients and improve their oral health has been consistent in the 20-plus years I’ve worked …

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Young dentists at the coal face

Jasmine Lobo, Petros Mylonas NHS Dental Landscape, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Our experience – beginning life as a dentist Recent BDA research has revealed that more than half of dentists aged under 35 are planning to leave the NHS within five years and 10% intend to exit the profession entirely. In a recent BoDcast, Dr Austin Banner, Trustee of the BDA Benevolent Fund, also reported that more and more young dentists …