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What Next for NHS Dentistry?

Join Nigel Jones, Eddie Crouch and Simon Thackeray for this thought-provoking and hard-hitting session, where they’ll be discussing the challenges and talking points that matter in NHS dentistry today.

Nigel, Eddie and Simon will be addressing key issues including:

– The NHS landscape across the UK and how the COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for change within the industry
– The current NHS UDA dental targets, the impact this has had on practices and predictions for what will happen after 1st October 2021
– How dental teams have responded to and dealt with the current state-of-play of working within the constraints of an NHS contract
– What the future holds for NHS dentistry including timescales and nature of a potential contract reform.


Speaker: Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones is Sales and Marketing Director at Practice Plan, the UK’s leading provider of practice-branded dental plans. He has supported the development of successful private practices throughout the majority of his 30-year career. Practice Plan has supported over 1,500 dental practices to transform the profitability of their business through the combination of a well-populated plan and personalised support including marketing, business advice, events and training.

Speaker: Eddie Crouch

Eddie was elected as chair of the board at the BDA in September 2020. Before that, he served as deputy chair between 2014 and 2020. He was secretary of Birmingham Local Dental Committee for over 10 years and was also chair.

He qualified in 1984 from Kings and now provides orthodontic care for patients in south Birmingham in two locations, having previously been a clinical assistant in orthodontics. He has previously chaired the Annual Conference of LDCs and the West Midlands Association of LDCs, held the post of president of the Central Counties Branch and served on the GDPC Committee for over 10 years.

Speaker: Simon Thackeray

Simon has been a GDP since qualifying in 1991, initially in the NHS, and since 2005 in private practice in Nottinghamshire. Simon sits on the GDPC committee of the BDA and is also a past BDA Branch President for South Yorkshire. He also recently gained his Master of Laws.
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