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 …

A unique business model

David Houston shares an insight into his unique business model

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David Houston is joint principal of a mini-corporate and successfully combines one of the largest NHS contracts in the UK with a thriving private provision within his practice. Nigel Jones caught up with him to learn more about how his business model works, the role his 34 associates take within the business and how he balances private and NHS dentistry …

NHS questions answered

Paul Worskett discusses the level of financial risk associated with running a prototype B practice

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Contract reform remains a source of uncertainty and one of the issues that is still unknown is what level of financial risk dentists may face when, or if, it is implemented. A measure of success of the prototypes is whether the new pathways being tested deliver appropriate high-quality care and access for patients (as well as delivering value for money). …

Tony Kilcoyne considers the NHS Confidence Monitor results and what they mean for the future of NHS dentistry

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In this episode of Bodcast, Nigel Jones and Tony Kilcoyne take a look at the NHS Confidence Monitor results in relation to the general views and feelings of the profession about NHS dentistry now, and in the future. Tony talks specifically about what the results indicate regarding the way NHS dentists feel about the level of patient care they can …

Your Burning Questions Live

Nigel Jones put your questions to a panel of experts

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At the BDIA Dental Showcase, Nigel Jones hosted a panel discussion focused on the future of NHS dentistry. In addition to questions asked by Nigel, dental professionals in the audience were also able to put their own questions to the panel. Eddie Crouch, Orthodontic Practitioner and Vice Chair of the BDA Principal Executive Committee (PEC) was joined on the panel …

NHS Insights Panel

NHS Insights Panel: Are new dentists ready for the ‘lion’s den’?

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The results from the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey revealed deep levels of unhappiness among NHS dentists and anxiety about complaints and litigation across both private and NHS sectors. Despite being anxious in this area, the private dentists who responded reported feeling much happier about every element of their work compared to when they were in the NHS. Given the …

Stress levels high

Dental charity responds to stressed dentist statistics

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The results from our latest NHS Confidence Monitor Survey of over 400 NHS and private dentists revealed that those working in the NHS are overly stressed and anxious. 89% said they were unhappy – including 54% who were ‘very unhappy’ – about their ability to carry out work without feeling overly stressed. 72% were unhappy about their ability to achieve …

Planning for the future: Sara Hurley speaks out

Planning for the future: the CDO speaks out…

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On 12th June, the Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England, Sara Hurley, brought together key stakeholders in dentistry to be transparent about the department’s work, to open the lines of communication, and to support efforts to improve oral health on a national basis.

Simon Thackeray’s thoughts on the future of NHS dentistry

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Listen to this unmissable episode of Bodcast with Simon Thackeray where he shares his personal views on the current situation for NHS dentists and considers what the future might hold in an insightful discussion with host Nigel Jones.

Is NHS dentistry in need of a philosophical shift

How might a new NHS contract make a difference to NHS dentistry?

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In order to achieve a realistic ideal within the future of NHS dentistry, is a fundamental change in the basic concepts and practices of dental care needed? To answer this question, Practice Plan caught up with Judith Husband and Nairn Wilson about the differences a new contract might make to NHS dentistry, as well as what changes dental teams may …