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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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