“We are providing oral care, not just dentistry, for individuals…”

Stephen Hancocks’ Editorial British Dental Journal 22nd November 2019 “We are providing oral care, not just dentistry, for individuals not just a homogenous bunch plucked from the general public…” “….One is left in little doubt that the current UDA system of remuneration in England, for example, fails utterly to address such important shifts in emphasis.Continue reading ““We are providing oral care, not just dentistry, for individuals…””

What do patients really think?

From The Conversation. Gavin Brookes and Paul Baker were “tasked” with looking at patients’ opinions. An analysis of a total of 228,000 comments from the NHS Choices website, coming in at a huge 29m words. Their results have been published in the BMJ and as a book. They spent three years on the project and ProfContinue reading “What do patients really think?”

Clinical freedom in a time of austerity.

First published online in Dentistry Blog on 8th April 2019. Full article. Clinical freedom is becoming an aspiration rather than reality. I regularly have to straddle a line between what principals need and what associates want, whilst attempting to keep both sides happy. Often this involves money and the phrase ‘clinical freedom’. Amongst the thingsContinue reading “Clinical freedom in a time of austerity.”

The Weekend Read – This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Very few, if any, books have made me weep with laughter and cry with upset in the space of a couple of pages but Adam Kay’s memoir of his years as a junior hospital doctor managed it. The final chapter left me in bits for many reasons. I ordered the book thinking it would beContinue reading “The Weekend Read – This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay”

Peter Ward exposes the NHS(E)’s “Cunning Plan”

Nice editorial in the BDJ from BDA Chief Exec Peter Ward. HERE Edited highlights only Death by commissioning ….That master plan looks like a determined effort to wrest away NHS dental care from small autonomous units. That model that has been supplied by a legion of conscientious practitioners ever since the beginning of the NHS.Continue reading “Peter Ward exposes the NHS(E)’s “Cunning Plan””

Playing the “What If” game.

I delivered my presentation, “Is Dentistry Making You Sick?” in Gloucestershire a couple of days ago and introduced a game that I suggest participants play with their teams and partners. It’s called “What If” and the rules are simple in the extreme, you come up with the most unlikely thing that you can imagine andContinue reading “Playing the “What If” game.”

Pharmacists – another endangered species?

The Minister for Community and Social Care (Alistair Burt) spoke in Parliament on 24 May 2016 a few days before he silver tongued the BDA conference with similar words after which I wrote, “Much of his speech we have heard before and it did little to convince me that (NHS) dentistry is anything other thanContinue reading “Pharmacists – another endangered species?”

If only he had worn a suit and tie….

The CQC Borg will decide…. …..in 2014 when the inspectors last came. He had explained his philosophy and modus operandi, talking of medicine as an art form, “being a human being so patients feel they know well me enough to trust, while maintaining boundaries – compassionate detachment, I call it.” “On that occasion,” he willContinue reading “If only he had worn a suit and tie….”

Junior doctors – the real issue hasn’t gone away.

I make no apology for the length of the article linked to this blog post. A month after it was posted in the LRB nothing has fundamentally changed, it’s just that the media feeding frenzy has moved on to Brexit. Diary – Lana Spawls 04.02.2016 Antidiuretic hormone, also known as vasopressin, is released when levelsContinue reading “Junior doctors – the real issue hasn’t gone away.”