I Like My Smile Dental Group
Information for prospective associates January 2019
Thank you for considering working as an associate dentist with us. We hope you find the information below answers some of your initial questions.
We are a vibrant, independently owned dental practice group, currently with 2 practices in the north east of England. We are big enough to offer the flexibility and support of a group, but still small enough to avoid the restrictions of working for a corporate. We see both NHS and private patients, associates seeing mostly NHS patients whilst Alistair Bartlett, the principal dentist, sees patients privately, mostly under Denplan. We are committed to ongoing clinical, ethical and financial progress. Both practices hold the BDA Good Practice Scheme, and our Hadrian Park practice holds the Denplan Excel Award.
The NHS contract
You will work a minimum of three days during Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm in our Wallsend practice.
You will be expected to provide around 300 UDAs per month. Though there may be opportunity to increase to more should that be mutually beneficial. We anticipate this will take three days per week depending on your pace of work and experience.
The associate’s position is primarily to see NHS patients though there is always potential for private treatment. There is potential for high private fee income for the right person. Having converted an NHS list to a private one back in 1999-2000 Alistair would be fully supportive of an experienced associate who wanted to do the same.
We will pay UDA rate that reflects your experience and output. We would expect to be able to increase the UDA rate after completion of a first successful year as an associate.
We will pay 50% of all private fees collected.
We will charge you 50% of your lab fees and bad debts.
We have six associate dentists who have a range of experience and areas of interest and encourage intra-practice referrals. We have an active open door policy and meet for monthly dentist’s meetings. We would encourage you to try to attend these even if they fall on a day you do not normally work for us.
We have a fantastic team of well established support staff. Our nurses hold many post qualification certificates including cross infection, fluoride application, implantology, radiography and oral health education. We believe strongly in teaching so you will be involved in the training of nurses at both pre and post qualification level.
We are a fully air conditioned, computerised, paperless practice. We have digital x-rays, intra and extraoral photography, the Wand, fibre optics, endosonics, implants, electrosurgery, rotary endo etc. We have a surgical microscope, housed in our Hadrian Park practice, which will be available for you to use for private endodontic cases.
The surgery is available for you to see NHS patients from 9.00 am – 5.00pm. The surgery could be made available outside of these times for either dental or non-dental treatments by separate arrangement.
Alistair Bartlett currently sees patients on a private (mostly Denplan) basis. This list could be transferred to the right person in three or four years. If you would like to get involved in the treatment of patients having implants this may also be possible once you have a proven track record with us.
Alistair is always available for joint cases of a more complex nature. Whether you just want to chat over a treatment plan or share in your patient’s care please just ask.
We provide free access to online verifiable CPD, but over and above that our clinical lead dentist is happy to help you with your appraisal and PDP development and provide mentoring and support at a mutually agreed level. As well as our normal staff meetings we have regular dentist only meetings that are a safe place to discuss any clinical difficulties without fear of being criticised.
If you have not already done so please email you CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. The surgery space is available from March 2019 and the successful candidate will be able to start work by end of April 2019 at the latest. If you need to give three months’ notice to your current practice you may be able to begin on a part time basis.
If you have any more questions please email email@example.com