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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. 




Business continuity planning

Business names and brands

Business planning and managing change

Buying a dental practice

Selling 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)

NHS England targets April to September 2021

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
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


Side agreement contract for Associates

2021-22 NHS contract year

Advice - NHS England targets April to September 2021

England - Examples of pay calculations for BDA side agreements

England - Side agreement for associates April to September 2021

England - Side agreement for associates (orthodontics) April to September 2021

Wales - Side agreement for associates April to September 2021

Video: Martin Woodrow round up what is happening in regard to NHS contracts across the UK as of 1 April.
Blog: Ministers double down on NHS targets


This video further explains the UDA targets and side agreements for 2021 



Q4 202-21

We have created two side agreements for Associates in England in relation to the Q4 targets.


Version 1 is for Associates who are being paid at a lower rate - with a possible uplift if the practice hits its target.                    


Side agreement Version 1: Associate paid at a lower rate with possible uplift

Side agreement Version 1 (orthodontics): Associate paid at a lower rate with possible uplift                                 


Version 2 is for Associates who are being paid at a higher rate  - with a possible clawback if the practice does not hit its target. 


Side agreement Version 2: Associate paid at a higher rate with possible clawback                       

Side agreement Version 2 (orthodontics): Associate paid at a higher rate with possible clawback                                 



All agreements are designed to complement the BDA written agreements.


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.