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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.

BDA advice














The team





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

Leases and licences

New practice start-up


Planning permission


Fee collection

Fee setting

Financial management

Private dental plans and in-practice capitation schemes



Employing staff

Employment contracts, practice staff and TUPE

Hygienists and therapists


GDS and PDS in England and Wales

GDS in England and Wales - guide to the standard contract

GDS in Northern Ireland

GDS in Scotland

​Expert Solutions templates






The team





Business continuity and disaster recovery policy (v2)

Partnership agreement (v2)

Cashflow forecast template (v2)

Chairside hours calculation (v1)

Chairside hours worksheet (v1)

Debt recovery letters (v2)

Hourly rate calculation (v2)

Hourly rate worksheet (v1)

In-practice capitation scheme agreement (v2)

In-practice capitation scheme application form (v2)

In-practice capitation scheme direct debit mandate (v2)

In-practice capitation scheme leaflet (v2)

Payment - bill and instalments (v3)

Practice fees and payments policy (v4)

Records management policy (v2)

Associate contract - England and Wales
Associate contract - Northern Ireland
Associate contract - private practice
Associate contract - Scotland

Employed dentists - code of practice (v1)

Employment contract (v5)

Employment contract variation - letters (v1)

NHS remedial and breach notice letters (v2)

​BDA Events

Training essentials courses for the dental team, including:
Leading a dental team
Running a safe and compliant practice

iLearn webcasts – a selection of sessions filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition

​BDJ InPractice

Business performance – May 14
Business skills needs – Sep 13
Cashflow forecast – Feb 15
Fee setting – Sep 14
Goodwill – Oct 14
Lease – renewal – Jul 13
Leases – key obligations – Dec 14
Practice purchase – planning ahead – Jul 15
Practice sales – due diligence – May 15
Practice set-up in NHS premises – Jun 13
Practice set-up nightmares – Jan 13
Rent negotiations – May 14

​​One-to-one advice

​Extra and Expert members have access to unlimited one-to-one advice via phone or email from our experienced dental advisers.
Call the Business Team on 0207 535 5864