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

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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 …

Your NHS questions answered

Eddie Crouch explores the issue of the corporates having an advantage when the new contract is introduced

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Among the many questions that dentists have about the impact of a reformed dental contract in England, is one about whether the corporate businesses will have an ‘edge’ when it’s introduced. It is understandable that many may feel that the corporates, due to their size, are better equipped than the average independent practice to meet the requirements of a new …

Tony-K-interview

The Big Interview: Tony Kilcoyne

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A few months after his election to the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC), we caught up with Tony Kilcoyne to find out whether he can offer the same outspoken voice to the profession from the inside as he often has done as an outsider. We also discussed the powers of the BDA to effect change and influence politics, contract reform …

Simon Thackeray

Simon Thackeray shares his advice for reducing the risk of complaints in your practice

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Simon chats to Nigel Jones about how the fear of litigation is on the increase within the dental profession for both private and NHS dentists. He talks about why he believes these fears are justified, how flaws in the current system play a huge role in cases being brought and steps you can take to protect yourself.