Free NHS dentistry insights to support you and your practice for the future

DentistsFind out what Practice Plan will be offering at this year’s BDIA Dental Showcase.

Throughout the three-day BDIA Dental Showcase, Practice Plan is giving you the chance to listen to the opinion of the biggest names in the profession, have the opportunity to get answers to your burning questions and attend practical sessions to gain quality information on NHS dentistry, to support you and your practice for the future.

The not-to-be-missed seminars will run throughout the three days of the show, one for each day, and include a live NHS Dentistry Insights Panel, fast-paced yet practical Pecha Kucha sessions and live debating on the profession’s most burning questions on the present and future of dentistry in the NHS.

Here’s what’s in store:

Do you work in NHS dentistry and want to know how to make a success of your current situation? Or want to be more informed on the prototypes?

Well look no further than ‘NHS Dentistry Pecha Kucha’, which is taking place on Thursday 6 October between 1- 2pm.

Pecha Kucha is a series of simple presentations where speakers present in a fast paced, yet highly practical format, which received rave reviews at this year’s Dentistry Show. It means that you will get quality information quickly and leave informed on the following areas:

  • NHS dentistry landscape – an overview of the environment today, including a look into the prototypes
  • How to adapt to make the most of working within the NHS
  • How to make the most of your dental business in the future.

Do you have burning questions about the current state of play within NHS dentistry?

Then don’t miss your opportunity to attend ‘Your burning questions answered – NHS Dentistry’ taking place on Friday 7 October at 1pm.

Get ready to pose your questions to a panel of four experts, Tony Kilcoyne, Judith Husband, Len D’Cruz and Paul Worskett. Hear their views on the topics you want to know about; what they agree on, and what they disagree on.

Want to understand how confident your peers are feeling and what key opinion leaders and the industry think about the future of the NHS?

Get yourself over to ‘NHS Dentistry Insights Panel – Live!’ taking place on Saturday 8 October and bag yourself an exclusive seat at the debate of all debates, where key opinion leaders and panel members Eddie Crouch, David Houston, Andrew Lockhart-Mirams and David Bretton, will discuss the latest NHS Confidence Monitor results (a survey that has been tracking the profession’s confidence levels since 2014).

They will be offering their thoughts and insights into the reasons behind the results and debate the options the profession has to improve their situation – right now and in the future. Not to be missed and starts at 3pm.

Looking for private practice business boosts and tips?

Then make sure you head on over to the Practice Plan stand (G40) where a whole host of top dental industry speakers are taking to the Business Skills Theatre stage with an enviable programme jam-packed with their top tips to help you grow and develop the ultimate private practice.

It’s safe to say that there is going to be something for everyone.

Paul Worskett has been the principal of Amblecote Dental Care in the West Midlands since 1988. Paul has extensive experience of dentistry and has a special interest in cosmetic and implant dental care. He has had two papers published in the BDJ and Dental Update. Amblecote Dental Care is a prototype practice as part of the on-going NHS contract reform process, having initially been a pilot practice since 2011.

David Bretton is a young graduate, qualifying from Newcastle in 2013. He now works in a mixed NHS and private practice at Honley Dental in Yorkshire. Since qualifying, David has completed a number of courses in advanced restorative and aesthetic dentistry and he is very passionate about the profession.

David Houston is joint principal of the Houston Group of Dental Practices, offering both NHS and private treatment. He is a wet-fingered dentist five days a week, but extends his dental experience into lecturing and writing for professional journals such as Private Dentistry and Aesthetic Dentistry Today. He was also former clinical governance lead for North Somerset Primary Care Trust.

Andrew Lockhart-Mirams co-founded Lockharts Solicitors in 1995 after 15 years of primary care regulatory and contract work. For more than 20 years, he acted for the ‘General Practitioners Committee of the BMA’ on a wide range of regulatory and contractual issues. In 2005, he was given an award at the ‘Annual LMC Conference Dinner’ in recognition of 21 years’ service to GPs in the UK. In 2011, Andrew’s name was entered on the BDA’s Roll of Distinction for Outstanding Services to UK Dentistry, the only solicitor to have received this award. He is the current chairman of the NASDAL Lawyers’ group.

Dr Tony Kilcoyne works mainly in his own specialist referral practice and teaching centre. He is also a dental foundation training programme director, a clinical director of, he helps and advises many dentally related companies. He was selected to be one of the team dentists caring for all the international athletes during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Judith Husband is a clinical dentist working in secure-setting dental care, such as Bullingdon Community Prison, sits on the BDA Executive Board and is a member of the Wesleyan Advisory Board. She is also chair of The Oxfordshire Local Dental Committee. She has a wide experience of healthcare reforms, liaising with significant stakeholders and keeping up-to-date with changes throughout healthcare, in particular NHS dentistry.

Eddie Crouch works in two practices in Birmingham. He is vice chair of the Birmingham Local Dental Committee, vice chair of the British Dental Association Principal Executive Committee and past chair of Central Counties Branch of the British Dental Association. Aside from his time practising, Eddie has also worked on projects associated with NHS contract reform, which means he’s familiar with the way the system works and has seen how it has changed over the years.

Dr Len D’Cruz graduated in 1989 from the Royal London Hospital. He is a past chairman of the BDA Young Dentist Committee and examiner for the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners. He is currently a member of the BDA General Dental Practitioners Committee and a non-executive director of the BDA elected to the Principle Executive Committee.

Practice Plan is a specialist provider of practice-branded dental plans. It has a wealth of business and plan support services, including expert marketing support, and a proven reputation for supporting practices to develop and maintain a profitable and sustainable business. So, whether you’re considering your options out of the NHS, looking to introduce a plan into an established practice or considering switching from another plan provider, Practice Plan can offer you expert advice. Call 01691 684165 or visit For further information on the NHS Confidence Monitor, please visit

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