I Like My Smile Dental Group
Information for prospective associates August 2022
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 two well established 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, but this role is most suited to associates looking to carry out mostly NHS care.
We are committed to ongoing clinical, ethical and financial progress. After twenty-five years in Wallsend and fourteen in Ashington our patients are grateful and staff loyal and supportive.
We are a nurturing and supportive practice where we all strive together for excellence, both inside and outside the mouth. We are on a lifelong reflective learning journey, and aim to teach and learn from one another’s ups and downs. If you are someone who cares about both your patients and your colleagues, and you want to walk that journey with us then we will provide the guidance and support you need to love life as a GDP.
The NHS contract
Our outgoing associate leaves a very well established loyal patient list.
You will full time days a week in either our Ashington practice.
You will provide a whole time equivalent of 5-7000 UDAs per year at a UDA rate that matches your experience and output.
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.
We will pay a competitive rate per UDA dependent on your experience and output + 50% of your private fees.
We will charge you 50% of your lab fees.
Our practice is led by Alistair & Teresa Bartlett. Alistair has thirty years of experience as a GDP and has taught undergrads and postgrads in the dental hospital, community service and with Straumann. He still gets as excited by teeth as he did on day one at dental school and loves nothing more than chatting about an awkward canal or complex patient. Teresa’s eye for detail in the seemingly endless onslaught of paperwork means that you can concentrate on your patients, knowing that you have an ethical and stable platform underpinning the life of the practice.
We have six associate dentists who have a range of experience and areas of interest. We follow a highly pro-active open door policy as well as formally meeting for monthly whole team and quarterly dentist only meetings.
We have a fantastic team of well established support staff. Alistair has been a nurse tutor and examiner and we believe that well trained, highly motivated nurses allow, patients to thrive, dentists to flourish and practices to blossom. 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 with new ventilation systems providing 15 ACH.. We have a long established relationship with our software provider, SFD, who provide excellent support for their beautifully intuitive surgery package. Schick digital x-rays, intra and extraoral photography, the Wand, endosonics, Straumann implants, Invisalign, electrosurgery and rotary endo all combine to produce a pleasant surgery environment that allows you to focus on treating your patients to the best of your ability. We have a surgical microscope in our Wallsend practice, which will be available for you to use for private or joint endodontic cases with Alistair.
The surgery is available for you to see NHS patients from 9.00 am – 5.00pm. You will not be required to work weekends, evenings or on call. The surgery could be made available outside of these times for either dental or non-dental treatments by separate arrangement.
We will tailor our support to your individual needs, and much of your learning will be informal. We have found that the best thing you can do is pop into a colleague’s surgery whenever possible, but all our associates collaborate with both Alistair and Joanne Carr, our clinical lead, to complete their appraisal and from that develop their PDP. We will provide ongoing formal mentoring and support at a mutually agreed level.
If you would like to get involved in the treatment of patients having implants or Invisalign we would be delighted to walk you through how to do that.
If you have not already done so please email your CV or any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. The surgery space is available from July 2022.