If you are a qualified dentist or dental nurse in the UK, it is now possible to set up your own practice. However, doing so, like any other business, is not easy. That is where Dentist Direct comes in.
Dentist Direct is an organisation that provides help and assistance for any dental practitioner who wishes to set up their own dental practice. It recently showcased its wares at the British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) event in Birmingham’s NEC, where the company received over 150 enquiries from prospective practitioners.
Dentist Direct is a franchise, which helps set up local dental practices. A young company itself, it has so far received 8 deposits for a dental franchise, with a further 31 practices in the pipeline. Each new practitioner receives financial and legal advice before taking the final step.
Speaking with reporters, Sarah Purvis, marketing director of Dentist Direct, said: “We were really pleased to be a part of such a massive exhibition. After our fantastic launch at the BDA, the BDTA has been a great follow-up in offering us even more targeted opportunities.
She added: “We felt it was important to have a presence at the Showcase, since we’re the “new kid on the block” so to speak, but it was amazing how many people already knew who we are and came to our stand specifically to discuss our opportunities. This shows us that our two years of research, hard work and PR to date have paid off.
This Showcase was definitely a case of quality over quantity. The people who stopped to discuss what we had to offer were incredibly serious in learning about our services and how we can help them to start their own practice. The general feedback also seems to be that we are doing something very different but very exciting for dentists, as well as giving the new generation of dentists a new route to market.”
Sarah concluded: “Overall, we feel that we have once again widened our prospects and have let everyone know that we are serious about making a difference in the dental market by supporting people in setting up anywhere they want to be and giving them the freedom to focus on what they enjoy – looking after their patients!”
Dentistry, not to mention health in general, is changing in Britain. Many people feel that dentistry should still be part of the NHS and not a profession motivated by profit. However, private practices who do reap a greater reward from their career can offer a wider range of treatments, including dental implants, teeth whitening and invisible orthodontics, which are unavailable on the NHS. Hopefully there can be a way for the two to co-exist.