It’s like politicising toilet paper…

“In my mind, it’s like politicizing toilet paper. It’s a basic hygienic measure.” Physician and epidemiologist Céline Gounder, who serves on US president-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, ponders how to break through the politicization of mask wearing in the country. From Science via Nature Briefing  

Searching for Silver Linings

Searching for Silver Linings A recent article in the Financial Times, reported a marked increase in demand for work from cosmetic surgeons in South Korea during these days of social distancing. Whilst they usually treat many foreign tourists there has been a rise in demand from local customers at their “glitzy Gangnam district clinics”. OneContinue reading “Searching for Silver Linings”

It’s time to plan your holidays and down time.

My latest piece for dentistry.co.uk deals with getting enough downtime and talks about my experiences in the steelworks. Hint: always have your next break planned. Planning holidays and down time is important to avoid breakdowns and potentially disaster, Alun Rees says. The most physical, and dangerous, summer job I had was at the East MoorsContinue reading “It’s time to plan your holidays and down time.”

“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…””

Do dental patients know what they want?

Do (Dental) patients know what they want? A recent article in the British Medical Journal discussed the instruction from Health Education England that patients and public should be consulted on ‘What they need from 21st century medical graduates’. I’m reminded of Henry Ford: ‘If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have told meContinue reading “Do dental patients know what they want?”

The Fish Rots From The Head

“il pesce marcisce dalla testa” – The Fish Rots From The Head The final quarter of 2018 saw me speaking throughout the UK on “Leadership and Management”. In preparation I examined the characteristics of both, the differences between them and where they overlap. This exercise meant that I had to take stock of some of theContinue reading “The Fish Rots From The Head”

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.”

What to do when…..a Corporate Opens Nearby – Part 2

What to do when a corporate opens nearby. First Published in Private Dentistry…2 of 2 6 Expand your offering. What is the corporate doing that you could be doing – and be doing better? Now is the time to take those course that you have been postponing. Invest in yourself, your skills and those ofContinue reading “What to do when…..a Corporate Opens Nearby – Part 2”

What to do when…..a Corporate Opens Nearby – Part 1

What to do when a corporate opens nearby. From Private Dentistry… Part 1 of 2 “You’ll never guess what has happened now!” said Dr Jim Misery, one of my less upbeat clients, “GleamDent, has opened a 5 surgery practice round the corner.” “Where Dr Shocker was until he died?” “Yes, that’s the place, they haveContinue reading “What to do when…..a Corporate Opens Nearby – Part 1”