Alun Rees, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
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You can lead a horse to water…

There are many principals who believe leading a practice is full of struggles, disappointments and unhappiness, Alun Rees says. Put the word ‘leadership’ into Google and you will get 311 million results in less than a second. Leadership is one of the biggest buzzwords in dentistry at the moment, second only to marketing. Like marketing there … Continued

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EBITDA – more dark than light

Alun Rees explains why EBITDA isn’t a good measure to value a practice. Since I watched a consultant oral surgeon baffle a patient about their TMJ and how they needed an OPG, I have been very wary of acronyms especially TLAs (three letter acronyms). I try to avoid or limit them in my conversation. EBITDA … Continued

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Sugar tax – an initial skirmish

The sugar tax is the start of a long war on sugar, Alun Rees warns. When our son was born 25 years ago, my wife Susan, a dental hygienist, and I were running a small practice on a large new suburban housing estate. Our philosophy of practice was founded on the unsexy triad of paediatric … Continued

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Built to last

How are you ensuring that your practice is built to last for 100 years, Alun Rees questions. Change in dentistry is happening at a faster rate than ever. Whether it is in our understanding of diseases, use of digital technology or deployment of personnel, it reflects the ‘VUCA’ world in which we live. VUCA (volatile, … Continued

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HMRC and the evolving status of associates

Looking at the work patterns of some associate dentists, Alun Rees struggles to justify their status as self employed. The BDA has emailed its members working in general practice to tell them that HMRC is reviewing the status of associate dentists. This is no surprise to many observers, but to some in the profession it will be … Continued

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Skin in the game

There’s less ‘skin in the game’ now in dentistry because of the current NHS dental contract, Alun Rees says. I was provoked to write this piece after reading the mixed reviews of Nicholas Taleb’s new book Skin in the game. The concept of ‘skin in the game’ refers to having risk (monetary or otherwise) in … Continued

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The problem with young dentists…

It might not be the young dentists at fault, it may be the older dentists getting in the way, Alun Rees says. I qualified from Newcastle University nearly 40 years ago. Some people would have you believe that this was the ‘Golden Age’ of British dentistry. A working world of dentistry where rubber gloves were … Continued

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Delegate or die

Dental hygienists and therapists should be embraced in all dental practices, Alun Rees says. Early in my career I heard an opinion from a leader of the profession that: ‘Dental hygienists should be resisted, because they will take the bread out of our mouths’. I put his opinion down to the conservatism of his age and … Continued

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The Carillion effect

How does the Carillion collapse relate to NHS dentistry? Alun Rees explains. Carillion has gone. Another rude awakening from the easy delusions that ‘bigger is better’ and some companies are ‘too big to fail’. For months the writing was on the wall for Carillion, yet it was still being granted taxpayer funded contracts on the misguided presumption that it would trade itself out … Continued