Eleanor Pittard and Emily Pittard

Eleanor Pittard and Emily Pittard

Author at Dentistry Online


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The power of collaboration

This month, Emily and Eleanor Pittard discuss how a culture of collaboration can help to combat imposter syndrome and burnout. In the realm of personal and professional growth, there exists an undeniable truth: asking for help and working as a team are invaluable assets. Yet, despite this understanding, many of us find ourselves grappling with…

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Guide to writing a robust and effective SOP

Emily and Eleanor Pittard demystify what an SOP is, why they are so important for dental labs and how to create an effective one. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are essential documents that outline step-by-step instructions for carrying out routine tasks and activities in a dental laboratory. They serve as a guide to ensure consistency, quality…

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Business planning for success

The strategic blueprint: Eleanor and Emily Pittard discuss how to make an effective business plan that will be a powerful tool for business growth. Welcome to 2024! Let’s start the year right with a look at your business plan – so dust it off and let’s get cracking. In what is now a very dynamic…

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Navigating MHRA registration: a crucial step towards compliance

This month, Eleanor and Emily Pittard discuss why MHRA registration is crucial as a dental lab, and provide a step-by-step guide to a simple process. In the realm of healthcare, precision and safety are paramount, especially in dentistry where custom-made devices and materials play a pivotal role in patient care. For dental laboratories and dental…

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A guide to safeguarding in a dental laboratory

Understanding safeguarding and compliance in a dental lab is critical. Here, Emily and Eleanor Pittard break down what every lab should have in place to safeguard effectively. ‘Safeguarding’ is a word that gets thrown about quite a lot. It is usually followed by a chorus of agreement that it is definitely a good thing to…

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How to navigate the UK dental market

This month, Emily and Eleanor Pittard discuss the methods and tools you need to position your business for growth and excellence in the dental market. The dental industry in the UK is a dynamic and ever-evolving sector that demands a deep understanding of market dynamics to thrive. For laboratories, dentists, clinics, and dental-related businesses, conducting…

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What the lab industry can learn from clinics – and vice versa

This month Emily and Eleanor Pittard discuss what the laboratory industry can learn from clinics – and vice versa.  The benefit of working in both the clinical and the laboratory industry is that we get to see what works in both, and what doesn’t. Dental clinics are ruled by compliance, monitored and assessed by the…

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Technically Speaking – recruitment and utilising the existing team

Are you utilising your team to their full scope? This month, Eleanor and Emily Pittard discuss the issue of technician recruitment and explain how you can use your existing team to fill gaps. If you’re currently in a recruitment position in the dental industry, I’d imagine that you are pretty frustrated. We, too, have noticed how…

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Technically Speaking – Den-Tech: a charity for dental technicians

This month, Eleanor and Emily Pittard introduce Den-Tech, a charity that is working closely with dental technicians and other dental professionals. Some of you may have heard of the charity ‘Den-Tech’, and some of you may not. So we thought we’d take this opportunity to educate, inform and encourage you to get involved where you…

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Technically Speaking – how to solve recruitment issues

Emily and Eleanor discuss the ongoing recruitment crisis in dentistry, including its cause and ways to overcome it. If you’re currently in the dental industry right now and in a position in the business where you are involved in recruitment, I’d imagine that you, like us, are getting pretty frustrated at just how difficult it…

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‘That’s good for a girl’: facing sexism and homophobia as a same-sex couple

Dentistry speaks to Eleanor and Emily Pittard as part of the Celebrating Women in Dentistry campaign to hear about their experiences as a same-sex couple in dentistry. They discuss homophobia, the stigma around motherhood and hiding their relationship from patients. Please introduce yourselves We are Emily and Eleanor Pittard, and we co-own Hive Dental Laboratory…

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Technically Speaking – addressing mental health

This month, Emily and Eleanor Pittard discuss the importance of addressing mental health within your dental team and the many benefits of appointing a mental health first aider. This is such an important issue. It always has been, but it’s finally getting the ‘press’ recognition it deserves and has almost become a ‘buzz word’ now.…

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Technically Speaking – let’s talk about communication

To kickstart off their brand new column, Technically Speaking, Eleanor and Emily Pittard discuss communication between dentists and technicians, and how working as a team is important for the patient journey.  It’s all about the patient journey. That’s why we all do what we do, no matter who is making the teeth, who is prescribing…

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