New partnership approach may hold key to easing admin burden

PartnershipOver half of dentists (53%) consider a John Lewis-type of partnership an interesting alternative to principal or corporate dental practices.

According to recent research conducted on behalf of Future Health Partnership (FHP), when respondents were asked what, if any, non-clinical tasks they might like to delegate to a third party, responses included regulation compliance, finances, marketing and HR.

With the general trend pointing towards dentists wanting to spend the majority of their time focusing on clinical care, it was interesting to note that, on average, respondents spend almost a quarter (23%) of their time meeting administrative needs.

What’s more, 70% reported spending time outside of scheduled practice hours on admin.

John Lewis style of business

Speaking about the results, Simon Gallier, managing partner of Future Health Partnership, commented: ‘These results show us that a fair number of dentists are unhappy with their clinical-to-admin work ratio but also that two-thirds of them don’t think corporate dentistry is for them.

‘The question then is this – how can these dentists improve their lot and achieve a happy working life balanced with rest and relaxation time?

‘Future Health Partnership (FHP) offers an interesting and viable alternative to the status quo.

‘In a nutshell, FHP holds practices as community interest companies (CIC), based on the NHS spinout concept, for example Community Dental Services.

‘A CIC is set up to deliver care or a business for the community.

‘Employees pay £1 for one share in the practice, which gives them a say in the AGM.

‘No-one has to buy a share if they don’t want to, and no-one can have more than one share.

‘It has to be held for the benefit of the staff and the community forever.

‘It can only ever be sold to another CIC with the same remit.

‘If the company goes belly up, the partners will be responsible for £1 of it.

‘Similar to a “John Lewis” style of business, it offers a viable, ethical future for healthcare.

‘Each practice becomes part of the group, and will be held for the benefit of all staff – not just the practice owner.’

Simon added: ‘I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the survey and congratulate Bethany Lucas, winner of the iPad we offered as an incentive.’

For further information on how FHP might be able to help your practice, please visit or call 08000 789 402.

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