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Practice ownership

Owning and managing a dental practice can be immensely satisfying but, to be successful, you need to understand your professional and legal responsibilities and how you will  meet them.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we answer your frequently asked questions on how to manage your dental team including staff screening, contact tracing, self-isolate, risk assessment, change in employment contract and furlough. We have also collated advice on the financial impact and the mitigation measures being introduced.

We have put together a COVID-19 Return to work toolkit, including preparing your practice, reducing risks, training and managing your staff and associates, ventilation and aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) - It is designed to support you and your team to practise as safely and efficiently as possible. 




Business continuity planning

Business names and brands

Business planning and managing change

Buying a dental practice

Companies and limited liability partnerships

Dentists legal rights as commercial purchasers 

Incorporation concerns in NI and Scotland

Leases and licences

New practice start-up

NHSMail account setup for private practice  



UDA value checker - Analysed data from the NHS Business Services Authority to provide an estimated UDA value for all NHS contracts in England so that you can compare your practice or the practice where you work to the local and national averages.  


Fee collection

Fee setting

Financial management

Private dental plans and in-practice capitation schemes


The team

Associates working in general dental practice

Employing staff

Employment contracts, practice staff and TUPE


FAQ on quarter four targets (2020)

GDS in England and Wales - guide to the standard contract

NHS dentistry in England and Wales

NHS dentistry in Northern Ireland 

NHS dentistry in Scotland

NHS England quarter four targets (2020)


Expert templates


Audit - Supplier contracts
Business continuity and disaster recovery policy

Partnership agreement


Cashflow forecast template 

Chairside hours calculation 

Chairside hours worksheet 

Debt recovery letters 

Fees and payments policy 

Hourly rate calculation 
Hourly rate worksheet 

In-practice capitation scheme agreement 

In-practice capitation scheme application form 

In-practice capitation scheme direct debit mandate

In-practice capitation scheme leaflet 

Payment - bill and instalments 

Records management policy 

The team

Associate contract - England and Wales

  During COVID-19:

   - Side agreement for England

   - Fourth quarter side agreement for England*

   - Fourth quarter side agreement (orthodontics) for England*

* We are urgently working to introduce an amended version with new guidance.

   - Side agreement for Wales

Associate contract - Northern Ireland 
Associate contract - Scotland 
Associate contract - Private only within a mixed practice - Scotland 
Associate contract - private practice 
Associate ortho contract - England and Wales 

Locum-Associate contract - HSCNI and mixed - NI 
Locum-Associate contract - NHS and mixed - England and Wales 
Locum-Associate contract - NHS and mixed - Scotland 
Locum-Associate contract - ortho - England and Wales 
Locum-Associate contract - private practice 
Data protection privacy notice - associates 

Data protection privacy notice - employees   

Employed dentists - code of practice 
Employment contract

Employment contract variation - letters 


NHS remedial and breach notice letters 


Training essentials courses for the dental team, including:

  • Leading a dental team
  • Running a safe and compliant practice

Webinar: NHS England quarter four targets

Other resources

Financial Healthcheck tool - To help you, we’ve teamed up with our partner Lloyd & Whyte to put together a Financial Healthcheck tool, asking you a series of questions to give you an advice based report.

One-to-one advice

Extra and Expert members have access to unlimited one-to-one advice via phone or email from our experienced advisors. Contact our Practice support team on 020 7563 4574 or email:


We may record telephone conversations that are advisory in nature to offer you additional security, resolve complaints and improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.