Nigel Jones, Author at Dentistry.co.uk
Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones

Author at Dentistry.co.uk

Nigel Jones is sales and marketing director at Practice Plan, a provider of conversion support and practice-branded dental plans. Nigel first began helping dentists convert from the NHS to private care in 1990, continuing such support throughout the majority of his 23-year career. He has added to his understanding of the healthcare market and the Government’s NHS reform programme through his involvement with the independent sector healthcare providers such as Netcare and Virgin Healthcare.
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Openness + pragmatism = optimism

After attending a recent Westminster Health Forum on oral health, Nigel Jones feels more optimistic about the future for NHS dentistry. The Westminster Health Forum keynote seminar in July, entitled ‘Next steps for improving oral health in England: prevention, contract reform and delivery’, had the potential to be a frustrating exercise in repetition and treading … Continued

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NHS negativity is thwarting potential in dentistry

NHS dentistry might make some feel despondent, but don’t let it ruin your passion, says Nigel Jones. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show, for a whole host of reasons. There were the obvious opportunities for networking and also the success of our Big Questions panel debates, … Continued

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Last chance to fill in dentistry survey

There are just a few weeks left for NHS and private dentists to complete the Dentistry Confidence Monitor survey. Dentists from both sectors are being asked to share their views and experience of working within the profession. The results of the survey run by Practice Plan will provide insights and understanding into the real challenges … Continued

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‘Lack of progress in contract reform means many are questioning how long they can wait’

With a reformed contract due to be rolled out in less than 12 months, Practice Plan has been inviting NHS dentists to attend free events to hear from, and ask questions of, a panel of experts. Eddie Crouch, vice chair of the BDA’s Principal Executive Committee (PEC), was part of the panel at the first … Continued

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Asking the big questions

Nigel Jones speaks to John Milne about being ‘well-led’, fees and working collaboratively with the GDC and NHS England Complying with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is a vital part of practice management and something practice teams are keen for more clarification on. It is clear practice teams understand the importance of meeting CQC requirements … Continued

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Political disappointments

Nigel Jones talks about his disappointment in the growing pressure and responsibility placed on clinicians in the current political climate. It’s only the start of 2019 and already the politicians are challenging my resolve to be more positive and less cynical. This year has started off with an epidemic of inane soundbites that seem to … Continued