Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones

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Nigel Jones is sales and marketing director at Practice Plan, a provider of conversion support and practice-branded dental plans.
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Can the dental recovery plan deliver real change?

Nigel Jones weighs up the pros and cons of the recently announced dental recovery plan – does it represent real reform or an attempt by the government to appear in control? The publication of the government’s dental recovery plan (DRP) has at least sparked off considerable debate about how NHS dentistry in England got into…

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A game of two halves in practice sales

Christie & Co associate director Steve O’Connor speaks to Practice Plan’s Nigel Jones about the varied picture of the practice sales market in 2023. To borrow a football analogy, last year was a year of two halves for the practice sales market. After a slow first half of 2023, there was an uptick in activity and…

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Changes will continue – Nigel Jones looks towards the future of private practice

What does the future have in store for private dentistry? Nigel Jones considers recent trends and changes in UK dentistry to answer the question of what comes next. I feel obliged to state that these observations are entirely my own. No crystal balls or runes were consulted in the writing of this piece. It goes…

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An opportunity lost – ring-fenced dental funding was just a pipe dream

Addressing the barriers to patient attendance while encouraging the continued attendance of those already engaged in their own oral health should be a priority, says Nigel Jones.  Reports from the Health Service Journal (HSJ) suggest that the oft referenced ring-fencing of dental budgets within the wider financial resources available to the Integrated Care Boards (ICBs)…

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Contract reform: a quiet revolution?

Nigel Jones wonders what the future holds for NHS dental contract reform – are we soon to see an NHS recovery plan? As the Parliamentary summer recess comes to a close, the debates about future NHS dental contractual arrangements in England are certain to resume in earnest. And, if they haven’t already, should result in some…

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NHS Dentistry Select Committee Report – no time to waste

‘They are in for a rude awakening’ – Nigel Jones shares his thoughts on the NHS Dentistry Select Committee Report. As expected, the report arising from the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry has reconfirmed the diagnosis of the problems facing NHS dentistry in England. This gives an indication of the scale of the challenge. Given…

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Prioritisation – is dentistry rocking your whole world?

Nigel Jones discusses a well-known prioritisation metaphor – find out if you need to get your own rocks in order. Although it came out a couple of years ago, I’ve only just discovered the book 4000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. What a thought provoking read it is proving to be! Subtitled ‘Time management for mortals’,…

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What now for the NHS?

Is there a future for NHS dentistry? Practice Plan’s sales and marketing director, Nigel Jones, offers his views following the recent Parliamentary Select Committee hearings. The Health and Social Care Select Committee hearings have, once again, thrown the spotlight on the state of NHS dentistry. This was prompted, in part, by the findings of the…

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Government needs to act with purpose, not stealth

With the exodus from the NHS growing momentum, Nigel Jones explains why a move to private dentistry is ‘realistic and achievable’.  So, the deadline has passed for contributions to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into NHS dentistry. Even with the 3000-word limit per submission, I imagine there is a lot to sift through.…

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There’s no avoiding discomfort

Nigel Jones considers the word ‘depaysement’ and what this might mean in the context of dentistry.  Relatively recently, I’ve come across the French word ‘depaysement’.  Given it’s often described as untranslatable, the best I can offer after a few internet searches is to say it is a noun used to describe the weird feeling you…

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Practice Makes Perfect – the popularity of private practice during the cost of living crisis

Nigel Jones reflects on popularity of private practice and how it speaks volumes for how much the dental profession is valued. Since relocating to Keswick in the Lake District, I’ve learnt beyond all doubt not to rely on the weather forecast. It’s rarely accurate, although, on the plus side, the weather generally turns out to…


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