Treadmill

I felt like I was on an NHS treadmill…now I am enjoying my work again

Louise Hunter NHS Dental Landscape, Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

Eighty-six per cent of NHS dentists don’t see themselves operating within the NHS in five years’ time, according to the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey. Almost 500 NHS and private dentists filled in the survey which also showed that 48% of those who are thinking of leaving the NHS are planning to move to private dentistry. Louise Hunter, owner of Louise …

Crisis ahead

A potential workforce crisis in dentistry

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

Nigel Jones discusses the issues surrounding dentist recruitment and retention with Eddie Crouch, Simon Thackeray and Ros Keeton… Recruitment and retention are two sides of the same troubling coin for the future of dentistry, particularly within the NHS. Anecdotally, there is much discussion about the difficulty of filling roles in practices. When you add this to surveys* that show NHS …

The NHS discussed

What next for NHS dentistry?

Nigel Jones NHS Dental Landscape, Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

This is the question that, following years of under-funding, under-resourcing and increasing regulation, many have been asking for a long time. There has been a feeling among the profession for a while that things need to change. But how that will happen and who will drive it, is not clear-cut. Some may be hoping the reformed contract due to be …

Young dentist insights panel

Great expectations…

Nigel Jones NHS Confidence Monitor - Industry comments, NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

Nigel Jones speaks to young dentists about whether the reality of practising dentistry matched their expectations… As someone who has worked in dentistry for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the truly life-transforming impact that clinicians can have on their patients. The satisfaction this must give, is surely hard to match in other professions. And yet, there is a very real …

Past present and future

A dentist’s view – the past, present and future of NHS dentistry

Stuart Allan NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

July 2018 marks the platinum anniversary of the NHS and there have been many changes over the past 70 years. It seems apt at this milestone to look at the history and evolution of dentistry within the NHS, and what the future might hold. To explore this, we asked Stuart Allan, who qualified as a dentist in 1978 and is …

A view into the future

Prototype practices perspectives on what the future holds

Nigel Jones Options Out Of The NHS Leave a Comment

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 …

Future of practice ownership

What does the future of practice ownership look like?

David Houston, Tony Kilcoyne NHS Dental Landscape Leave a Comment

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 …

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Young dentists at the coal face

Jasmine Lobo, Petros Mylonas NHS Dental Landscape 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 …