Helping to make informed changes – how a Practice Plan Consultant helped a practice to meet its challenges
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
3w ago
Practice Manager at Eccleshill Dental, Emma Denton, explains how Practice Plan Consultant, Richard Collard, helped get the most out of their marketing by tapping into their phone system. We asked for help with both our marketing and our phone system. Over the last eight years or so we had changed our systems on average every two years. This was because they never seemed to suit our needs. Either the call routing wasn’t right for us, or the management information wasn’t giving us what we needed, or sometimes it was both. We were in a similar situation with the system we had last year, and as t ..read more
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Practice Plan and Wesleyan building a sustainable future
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
1M ago
As a mutual, Wesleyan is owned by its members and has no shareholders. As it says on its website: “We thrive by staying true to the needs of the people who matter most – our members, our customers and colleagues, as well as the communities in which we live and work.” Which is one of the reasons Wesleyan as a group takes its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) responsibilities so seriously. Here, Wesleyan Group Sustainability Manager, Dan Gamson, reflects upon the progress and contribution Wesleyan Group company, Practice Plan, has made so far towards achieving Wesleyan’s ESG goals. Wor ..read more
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New Year habits that can last all year!
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
2M ago
January is often a month littered with failed good intentions. How many times have we made a New Year resolution only to have given it up before we even reach Burns Night (25th January, in case you weren’t sure!)? However, as Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Andy Elwood says, it doesn’t have to be that way. After the excesses of Christmas, a lot of people resolve to eat and drink less, and one way to do that is to take part in Dry January. Here Andy explains the benefits of Dry January and reminds people that adopting healthy habits and behaviours need not be confined to January but is som ..read more
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Five great reasons to introduce a membership plan when you move from NHS to private practice
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
2M ago
Regional Support Manager, Tina Wixon, offers five reasons as to why you might want to offer your patients the opportunity to join a membership plan if you choose to move from NHS dentistry to private practice. At Practice Plan we have more than 25 years’ experience in helping dentists make the move from NHS to private practice which we believe earns us the right to describe ourselves as experts in the process. Over the years we’ve helped hundreds of dentists take back control of their business and build a less pressured way of working for themselves and their teams. Here are my top five reaso ..read more
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Giving back in 2023 – how we have supported our communities
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
2M ago
As we enter the Season of Giving, there is no better time to reflect on what has been a phenomenal year for supporting our Communities within Wesleyan Group and Practice Plan. Wesleyan is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and strives to achieve in United Nations Sustainable Development goals of Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Climate Action. We support these goals through the Wesleyan Foundation which, since 2017 has given out more than £5.8 million to more than 600 charities and organisations that contribute to our ..read more
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Three ways to pay associates for their plan membership income
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
3M ago
Regional Support Manager, Sarah Barnard, offers some suggestions for dealing with a subject raised often by practices – what is the best way to pay associates for plan membership income? I have worked for Practice Plan for more than 20 years, and in that time, one of the most frequently asked questions has been about how to pay associates for the membership plan income they generate. If you are wrestling with this question, then it’s important to keep in mind your ultimate goal. What are you hoping to achieve? Being fair to everyone Most practices I speak to about this want to make sure that ..read more
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Building Bridges, Smiles, and Patient Loyalty
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
3M ago
In this guest blog, Dental Business Consultant, Lucie Simic, suggests ways to increase your patients’ loyalty to your practice. As we approach 2024, I believe a crucial strategy for success next year will be cultivating patient loyalty. While acquiring new patients is undoubtedly important, focusing on retaining and strengthening the bond with existing patients is a game-changer. This is not just about providing quality dental care; it’s about building relationships and creating an experience that keeps patients coming back with a smile. The Power of Patient Loyalty Patient loyalty is not jus ..read more
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Spread some Winter cheer – Just Because!
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
3M ago
As the nights get longer and the days shorter, Area Manager, Gary Nelson, suggests a way of bringing some warmth into people’s lives. The world we live in is a difficult place at present. Stating the obvious there, sorry! I don’t think I need to elaborate on that statement, as the never-ending cycle of negative news tells us this often enough. We cannot control much about the greater world around us, but we can control our reactions. We’re about to enter a tricky phase for many people – the winter months. By ‘people’ I mean, you, me, your teams, your patients, your community. Everyone will ha ..read more
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Dan’s becoming a Mo Bro
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
3M ago
Not only is it November but it’s also Movember, the month when strange growths start appearing below the noses of usually clean-shaven men! This year, Practice Plan graphic designer, Daniel Roberts, along with his football teammates at Rhos Aelwyd FC, will be putting aside his razor and growing a mo (moustache) in support of Movember. They’ll be taking regular progress photos to update their family and friends on their growth! Although the team had discussed the idea of taking part in Movember it was some gentle encouragement from Dan that spurred them on to sign up. “I’d thought about gettin ..read more
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Going Back to Basics for Dental Practices: Navigating Gaps in Your Diary
Practice Plan Blog | Supporting The Business of Dentistry
by Hazel Dockery
4M ago
Dental business consultant, Lucie Simic offers some suggestions on managing a busy diary. For a while now, dental practices have been grappling with the challenge of managing an influx of both new and existing patients. Yet, within this whirlwind of activity, it is crucial to acknowledge that experiencing gaps in your dental appointment schedule is not an unfamiliar scenario. As we start to face this kind of challenge, going back to basics can be a wise strategy to weather the storm. In this blog, I discuss three key principles to help you navigate this situation effectively. We’ve Been Here ..read more
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