Will the new NHS contract help therapists utilise their full scope of practice

Helen Minnery talks about the impact the new NHS contract could have on the wider dental team

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A lot of the debates and discussion so far around contract reform has focused on the impact it will have on dentists. Yet, of course, whatever changes might be coming to the profession will affect the entire team – and could alter the shape of the workforce. How exactly that would look remains to be seen. It could mean modifications …

NHS Exit

Two dentists look back on their move away from the NHS

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Moving away from the NHS is something many dentists spend a lot of time considering. Here, Practice Plan shares the experiences of two principal dentists who introduced private dentistry into their NHS practice in different timeframes. Ann-Marie Bard has just made the move in the past year, whilst Michael Cahill can give a longer-term view after leaving the NHS 19 …

4 questions to ask when thinking about going private

Four things to think about when considering going private

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Josie Hutchings, Regional Support Manager at Practice Plan, examines the big questions to ask when thinking of moving to private…

How Likely is the introduction of time-limited contracts

Judith Husband talks about the likelihood of the introduction of time-limited contracts within the new NHS contract.

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The idea of time-limited contracts was proposed by the Government two years ago as a way of improving market competition and efficiency. A source of much debate since then, we asked Judith Husband, who has first-hand experience of working within a time-limited contract, for her thoughts on the question:

Paul Worskett, shares his views on how the issue of patient charge revenue is being addressed in the new contract

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Patient charges have risen, but the same cannot be said for contract values. And, alongside the growing gap between UDA values and these charges, it can be a balancing act. Here, we ask Paul Worskett, a principal dentist who has been running one of the NHS prototype practices, whether he thinks contract reform will have any impact on this issue.

CDO briefing day

Office of the CDO explained

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The office of the CDO called a briefing day last month to bring clarity to what the office is responsible for, what they are focusing on and what they’ve a achieved so far. The agenda included: Smile4Life NHS England structure, responsibilities and relationship to OCDO Leading the change Innovation and improvement Digital transformation

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The Office of the CDO and guests discussion panel – 12th June 2017

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The Office of the Chief Dental Officer England brought together a panel of leading members within NHS England, Public Health England, CQC, BDA, Health Education England and the Department of Health on 12th June 2017, to answer the most asked questions on NHS dentistry. And you can hear everything that was said in this Bodcast! Panel members included: Sara Hurley, Chief …

Converting to private practice

How one practice converted from NHS to private dentistry

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In 2008, husband and wife duo Kate and Ged Cummings were practising dentistry in a small NHS dental practice in Stoke-on-Trent. Today they head up a large, continuously growing private practice with a bright future. Following this amazing journey, which ultimately involved speedy expansion and the consolidation of two practices, Regional Support Manager, Josie Hutchings sat down with Kate Cummings …

Counting the cost of the NHS prototypes

Insight into the fees currently paid out to prototype dentists

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With the NHS prototype practices now a few months into their trials, Practice Plan met up with Eddie Crouch, Charles Major and Paul Worskett to discuss their thoughts on the current fees being paid out to prototype dentists, what they would like to see in the future, and the potential repercussions if fair remuneration is perceived to be absent from …

NHS dentistry: staying positive in the current climate

NHS dentistry: staying positive in the current climate

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Confidence in the future of NHS dentistry remains low, and with continued uncertainty and no changes set to take shape anytime soon, Practice Plan asks wet-fingered clinicians, Eddie Crouch, Judith Husband, David Houston and David Bretton, what dentists should be doing to stay motivated and make the most of their situation.