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Meet us at the Private Dentistry Show!

Meet us at the Private Dentistry Show! If you are already working in or operating a private dental practice, or if you are in the process of moving towards a more independent service away from the NHS, then the Private Dentistry Show on 15 September 2018 is definitely for you! According to the organisers, FMC: […]

Is NHS dentistry getting you down?

If you’re currently providing NHS dentistry, you’re probably feeling the stress and pressure of a system that often feels as though it is working against the dentists providing the service. However, being in this position can feel uncertain, should you stick it out and see what the new contract will bring, or is it time […]

Why one practice scrapped over 40,000 UDA’s

Why did one practice decide to hand back over 40,000 UDA’s and how did they communicate their decision to ‘go private’ to circa 17,000 patients? Find out by watching the short video below: There are an ever increasing number of reasons to explore a shift to practice privately rather than practicing under the NHS: 330 […]

Janice Charlton joins the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD)!

We’re pleased to announce that our business development manager, Janice Charlton is now a member of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD). The ASPD was set up as a place where dentists could turn to for reliable, valuable advice from experienced professionals. It is a network of service providers who meet on a […]

How to build a successful dental practice – Seminar Series June 2018

Owning and running a dental practice can sometimes feel like a lonely task. While you might be surrounded by a great team and see patients everyday, when you think about the responsibility that falls on your shoulders to ensure the business is successful, it is easy to feel like you are on your own. That’s […]

Breaking News: A New Way to Switch Plan Provider – Simple & Hassle-free

Due to a recent change in banking legislation imposed by the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) in conjunction with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), it is now possible to switch your plan patients from one administrator to another via the direct debit ‘bulk change process’. A fresh and simple approach to switching plan provider! How does […]

GDPR: Don’t bury your head in the sand

With the 25 May deadline looming, GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) is the current hot topic on everyone’s lips. However, it is often whispered in slightly hushed tones, or through gritted teeth, by those who are concerned, worried or even burying their heads in the sand about it! What’s it all about? GDPR is […]

It’s time for a quarterly review!

At the beginning of the year, with a fresh mind and new goals, you probably sat down and created a plan for 2018. If you haven’t given it much thought since, you’re probably not alone! The beginning of the year can often be pretty busy getting the business focus right, before having to sort everything […]

Providing a VIP service for your private patients

Many dental practices provide a mixed service of NHS and private treatment, but have you ever stopped to think about how you differentiate the two to your patients? Do you even need to? In short, yes you do! While you know and understand that there are many private dental treatments that aren’t available on the […]

Five reasons why your practice may consider moving away from SimplyHealth Professionals (formerly Denplan)

During 2017, an increasing number of practices successfully transferred their existing payment plan patients with SimplyHealth Professionals (formerly Denplan) to a practice-branded solution with Patient Plan Direct (PPD), cumulatively saving hundreds of thousands of pounds in costs. This trend continues in 2018. PPD asked the practices that made this transition in 2017 to explain their […]

How happy is your team?

Top tips on boosting morale for the good of your dental practice We all like to think that our dental teams are happy and harmonious, but have you ever really checked? Even if you have the most cohesive team in the world, could you be doing even more to ensure the satisfaction of your staff […]

Step into spring

Apply a fresh approach to your dental business While the UK is currently in the midst of an Arctic freeze, with blizzards, snow fall, and ridiculously low temperatures being forecast, you would be forgiven for losing sight of the fact that it will officially be Spring in just a few weeks time. Spring always brings […]

The best things in life are the simplest things

Our modern lifestyle can often become overwhelming, stressful, and challenging on both the body and mind. While trying to fulfil all of our obligations in terms of work and family, we can sometimes find that things don’t quite balance in the way that they perhaps should. There’s no doubt that work plays a significant part […]

Resolutions to simplify your practice life

The decorations are down, the mince pies have been munched, you’re on a booze ban, and you’re back at work… there’s not doubt about it, Christmas is well and truly over! While we may have had to pack away our festive spirit for another year, that doesn’t mean we have to drown in the January […]

Create peace of mind in 2018

  We’d like to wish you all a very happy new year from the whole team at Patient Plan Direct – here’s hoping that 2018 will be joyful, healthy, successful and prosperous for you! We hope that you are able to shut up shop over the festive period to thoroughly enjoy a nice break in […]

Are your patients #mouthaware?

The whole of November is officially Mouth Cancer Action Month, which is a great campaign for all dental practices to get involved in. As anyone working within the dental profession knows, oral cancer incidences are growing year on year, and this is a disease that can have a devastating impact on affected patient’s lives If […]

We are finalists!

We’re really pleased and excited to announce that we are finalists in two categories at the upcoming Dental Industry Awards! This achievement follows on from our amazing win in the Outstanding Business of the Year category at the same event last year. While we’re feeling a little nervous about holding on to our crown, we’re […]

It’s time to start thinking festive

If you’re anything like us, you probably don’t want to know how many weeks/days/hours it is until Christmas, however much those certain friends on Facebook like to keep reminding us (we all have one, right?). While some of us might feel like the Grinch right now – it’s mid-October, it’s allowed – the good thing […]

Cost Saving Clinic @ BDIA Showcase 2017

Whether you already run a dental payment plan at your practice or you’re considering launching a plan for the first time, award winning Patient Plan Direct invites you along to its Cost Saving Clinic at this year’s BDIA Showcase @ The NEC, Birmingham – 19th to 21st October 2017

7 reasons to visit Patient Plan Direct at the BDIA Showcase!

The BDIA Showcase is almost upon us! If you’re heading to the show make sure you head to E16 to visit the Patient Plan Direct team. Why you ask? Here are seven great reasons… Cost saving clinic We know you like to keep your business outgoings under control (who doesn’t?), which is why we want […]

The Cost Saving Clinic at this year’s BDIA Showcase

Whether you already run a dental payment plan at your practice or you’re considering launching a plan for the first time, award winning Patient Plan Direct invites you along to its Cost Saving Clinic at this year’s BDIA Showcase @ The NEC, Birmingham – 19th to 21st October. This 15-20 minute investment of your time, […]

Give your dental business a boost

Give your dental business a boost When asked why they chose their career path, most dental professionals will answer with reasons along the lines of a desire to help people, wanting to build a career that merged interests in both science and creativity, following family footsteps, etc. It is unusual to hear ‘building a successful […]

Coming soon from Patient Plan Direct

As part of Patient Plan Direct’s continued investment in its practice-branded dental plan solution, benefiting practices thanks to amazingly low plan administration fees, the plan provider has announced work is currently underway to launch a brand new and enhanced plan administration portal. The new online platform is being built with existing clients’ feedback constantly in […]

How loyal are your patients?

Loyalty plays a big part in our lives. It’s a trait we look for in our friends, partners, and colleagues, as well as something we’d ideally like to find in our customer base, too. However, we have a lot more control over who we associate with in our private lives, if someone is disloyal we […]

Dogs, cats and rats

How do you go about introducing a major change to your practice? We’re not talking about a lick of paint or rearranging the waiting room furniture, what about drastic things like whether to move away from the NHS, for example? Now, that’s real change. Decisions like these require an awful lot of thought and planning […]

6 reasons why you might leave the NHS

The NHS system evokes mixed feelings, from irritation at access to care to confidence in the service that we are able to receive when we really need it. However, for those working within the system, it has an entirely different set of frustrations that are felt across the board. At Patient Plan Direct, we speak […]

Social Media: What to avoid

Social media is a bit like Marmite really, most of us either love it or hate it! Whatever you feel about it, there’s no escaping the fact that it can be a great business tool that allows you to tap into a wider market than ever before. Not only that, creating a social media business […]

Who cares about you?

As a dental professional, you spend your working life caring for other people; it’s the nature of the profession, it’s just what you do. However, when you give so much yourself it would be nice to feel as though that care is reciprocated in some way during your day-to-day working life. Let’s think about it, […]

Enhance your future

Whatever stage you’re at with your dental career, it is always wise to look a little further ahead to plan for your future. Whether you’re just about to take the leap to purchase your own practice, you want to be able to give your patients more treatment options within your existing practice, or you’re thinking […]

Exciting times for Patient Plan Direct

Patient payment plan provider, Patient Plan Direct (PPD), is very pleased to introduce Dave Grant and Marie Agnew who have joined the company’s client administration support team. This reflects the strong start PPD has had to 2017, particularly dealing with an influx of dental practices transferring from other plan providers. Dave and Marie will join […]

Top tips on encouraging patients to attend

While your dental practice is primarily a healthcare establishment providing a vital service to the community, it also needs to run efficiently as a business in order to protect your livelihood. To maintain a healthy profit, the most obvious thing you need is a steady flow of patients attending on a regular basis, but how […]

In-house patient plan: Yes or No?

Patient Plan Direct’s commercial director, Simon Reynolds, discusses key considerations in managing a patient membership plan ‘in-house’ Often the rationale for a DIY project is the perception that doing ‘it’ ourselves is likely to be lower cost and will enable us to achieve our desired outcomes in line with specific objectives. We adopt the mind […]

A Plan to Improve Patient Loyalty & Practice Profits

A belated Happy New Year from everyone at Patient Plan Direct – Outstanding business of year at the 2016 dental industry awards. By now I’m sure you will have reflected on 2016 and made plans to ensure a successful 2017 for your dental practice. If your practice already offers patients a full care or membership […]

Patient Plan Direct Awarded Outstanding Business of the Year

Patient Plan Direct has been awarded Outstanding Business of the Year (under 25 employees) at the 2016 Dental Industry awards, hosted at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington earlier this month. A judging panel of leading industry clinicians and figures, chaired by Dr David Houston, selected patient payment plan provider – Patient Plan Direct, as […]

Dental Industry Awards Finalist – Patient Plan Direct

Patient Plan Direct has been nominated as a finalist in the 2016 Dental Industry Awards, shortlisted as a contender for the Outstanding Business of the Year award (under 25 employees). Patient Plan Direct’s commercial director – Simon Reynolds, commented: “ We are really pleased to be recognised for all of our hard work in 2016, […]

5 reasons why you need to visit Patient Plan Direct at the BDIA showcase in October

6-8th October is the BDIA Dental Showcase at Excel in London, where Patient Plan Direct will be exhibiting at stand G56. If your practice hasn’t already discovered Patient Plan Direct, meeting our business development team at the BDIA showcase is the perfect opportunity to understand how we can help you to develop, grow and maximise your private […]

Highly experienced Theresa Riley joins Patient Plan Direct

Midlands based Theresa Riley has joined cost effective and technology embracing dental payment plan provider – Patient Plan Direct, heading up the company’s business development support in the Midlands. Theresa brings to Patient Plan Direct a huge amount of experience in nurturing practice’s private growth and the implementation and development of private dental plans. Following […]

Your ever increasing Dental plan provider fees

Q. Would you like to reduce the cost of running your practices’ dental plans? Q. Do you question the value of the fees your existing plan provider charges; Denplan, Practice Plan, DPAS, CODE, IndepenDent or another provider? Q. Are you tired of admin fee increases applied by your exiting plan provider? Q. Are you unsure […]

Patient Plan Direct at The Dentistry Show

It’s been a week since The Dentistry Show, and the team at Patient Plan Direct would like to thank everyone that visited us at the Dentistry Show last week… It was great to see some of our client practices as well as new potential clients that were eager to understand more about how Patient Plan […]

Is it time your practice tested the water?

Option 1 Are you confused or concerned with the future of NHS dentistry? If you’re questioning the future of NHS dentistry and how a reformed NHS contract will impact your practice, your dentistry, your remuneration and your lifestyle, why not test the water and launch a private dental plan that doesn’t cost you a fortune […]

Come and join Patient Plan Direct at stand B75 at this year’s Dentistry Show!

Patient Plan Direct are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s Dentistry Show! Taking place on 22nd and 23rd April 2016 at the NEC – Birmingham, more than 400 dental manufacturers and suppliers will be on the bustling exhibition floor offering fantastic insight and exclusive offers on the latest products, materials […]

Communicating to Grow your Plan

Simon Reynolds of Patient Plan Direct suggests key communicational tactics to nurture the growth of a healthy base of private payment plan patients Irrespective of the nature or focus of a private or mixed dental practice, or the demographic of a practice’s patient base, a dental payment plan is a proven means of; nurturing patient […]

Cost-benefit analysis ahead of 2016

Louisa Buckingham of Patient Plan Direct explains why practices should consider performing cost-benefit analysis ahead of 2016. The dental industry continues to become an ever more competitive industry with a generation of tech savvy and business-minded dentists. More than ever, dental practices are looking to differentiate themselves, create competitive edge, provide a unique patient experience […]

Patient Plan Direct make the finals of Dentistry Industry Awards!

Patient Plan Direct have made the finals for the ‘innovation of the year’ category (under 25 employees). Patient Plan Direct is pleased to announce that we have made it into the finals of the Dental Industry Awards, in the category of ‘Innovation of the Year’. Other dental payment plan providers’ means of administering a practice’s […]

A wealth of experience joins Patient Plan Direct

Winchester based Janice Charlton has joined cost effective and technology embracing plan provider – Patient Plan Direct, heading up the business development team in the South of the UK. Janice brings to Patient Plan Direct a wealth of experience specifically in the dental plan market and strengthens the plan provider’s overall proposition as the company […]

Small and/or Single Surgery Practices…. This is for you

At Patient Plan Direct we wanted to share with you the rationale of why a single surgery dental practice with around 400 plan patients last week made the decision to transfer its existing base of dental plan patients to Patient Plan Direct from its existing plan provider. In meeting with the principal and practice manager […]

Simplicity; the winning formula

Simon Reynolds of Patient Plan Direct, explains why when it comes to dental plans, simplicity is the winning formula In helping practices day to day develop successful dental plans that prove profitable to the practice and attractive and beneficial to patients, my colleagues and I get a good feel for what works best when it […]

Staying Ahead of the Game Success

Last month, dental professionals were invited to an evening seminar held at the impressive and prestigious Drummonds Bank in central London. Attendees at the Natwest sponsored ‘Dentistry in 2015: Staying ahead of the game’ enjoyed insightful lectures by the likes of Bernard Danquah – Head Business Development Manager at Patient Plan Direct, highly regarded dental […]

A lack of Exploration?

Simon Reynolds, Commercial Director of Patient Plan Direct, shares his view that some practices are hampering their potential success by not taking the time to review how they run their practice and explore alternative methods ands suppliers.   Last month’s fantastic 20th anniversary edition of Dentistry showcased how much the industry has developed in a […]

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