Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis

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Dentistry’s game changers – Kevin Lewis on broadband

To celebrate 25 years of Dentistry magazine, we’ve asked leading dental professionals for their game-changing innovation that shaped their career. In this article we asked Kevin Lewis what his game-changing product is. Kevin Lewis spent 20 years in full-time general dental practice and 10 further years practising part time. He was the dental director of Dental … Continued

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Taking back control

Kevin Lewis encourages the profession to regain control in the face of the potential oncoming storm Now where have I heard that phrase before? At the time of writing – rather like most other times of writing since that referendum vote in June 2016 – I have no idea what ‘Brexitland’ will look like by … Continued

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Signposting to nowhere

UK dentists get a very early lesson in the kind of autonomy (or more accurately, the lack of it) that awaits them if they commit themselves to a future in the NHS, says Kevin Lewis. Portsmouth – a large city with a population not far short of 300,000 people – is the latest part of … Continued

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The elephant in the room

Kevin Lewis addresses a situation brought to light at the recent British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show involving purchasing new, essential equipment and NHS funding, or lack thereof. Over two days in May, the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show took place at the NEC in Birmingham, attended by an estimated 10,000 people. With more … Continued

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Passing the duvet test

Kevin Lewis voices his concerns with the latest NHS recruitment drive and why so many working in the industry aren’t going to sleep happy At a CPD event the other day I bumped into someone I first met more than 40 years ago, when he attended a lecture I was giving. He reminded me I … Continued

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Brace yourself

With all the recent media headlines, are dentists starting to be portrayed as the friend and champion of patients, not the enemy, asks Kevin Lewis Call me paranoid if you will, but I don’t recollect anyone blaming builders for the fact that lots of people cannot afford to buy a house, nor even that there … Continued

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Slashers, side hustles and dentists

Kevin Lewis describes a stealth heist in UDA dentistry. I have never really thought of myself as much of a serial slasher, let alone a side-hustler, but I stand corrected on both counts. I would like to plead guilty as charged and ask that 47 years of multiple previous offences be taken into account. Expectations … Continued

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Santa’s little helpers

Kevin Lewis writes his ideal Christmas 2018 wish list for one and all I received an email advising me that due to unprecedented workload, the elves and the pixies are a bit stretched this year. As any NHS manager will readily confirm, the closer you get to the North Pole, the more acute the winter … Continued

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Little and large

Sometimes bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to corporates, Kevin Lewis argues that size does matter. The phrase ‘too big to fail’ suggests an echo from a previous generation. A generation that lived and thrived before Lehman Brothers and RBS, before the global financial crisis and before the eclipse and demise of so many … Continued

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War of words – missing the point?

Criticism of Mick Armstrong’s private email that was published in the media is missing the point, argues Kevin Lewis. Throughout my professional life I have tapped into the rich seam of answers and amazing insights to be found in the thinking and writing of Edward de Bono, who had started out by studying medicine. The … Continued

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Identity crisis

The current arrangement of dentists only ever being part of wider healthcare when it suits no longer suits, Kevin Lewis says. The place of dentists and dentistry within the expansive panoply of healthcare, the medical establishment, and the NHS has become a mystifying conundrum indeed. One moment we appear to be inextricably embedded as part … Continued

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Race to the bottom

Stick to the truth when describing your skillset, don’t join the growing number who make themselves out to be celebrities, Kevin Lewis advises. There are some moments in life where a tendency towards modesty and under-playing your hand is rather endearing. It can make a lot of strategic sense too, because it is a whole … Continued

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Where credit is due

Kevin Lewis compares the frustrations of UK rail commuters with NHS dental contract holders. Picture a world-weary commuter – probably (but not necessarily) in the north of England – whose trains are cancelled, rescheduled onto a crisis timetable and then cancelled again. Finally, that rarest of all sightings – a train – makes a welcome … Continued

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Knowing me, knowing you

Kevin Lewis discusses the potential impact of the new GDPR. It may be time to re-write the old saying: ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. As from 25 May, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) descends upon us all, it’s more a case of who you know, what you know about … Continued

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A split decision

The additional money raised by the sugar tax is just going to go back into Government hands and not help dentistry, says Kevin Lewis. So, after all the huffing and puffing, the sugar tax became a reality earlier this month. Introducing this without any clear and substantive steps being taken in advance of its implementation … Continued