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GoodmanGrant Blog for Dentists

We've always got something to say about what's happening in the dental business and that's why we are regular contributors for a number of industry journals.

Here you will find a selection of our latest articles, ranging from employment and regulatory issues to contracts and property issues.

Everyone at Goodman Grant is encouraged to contribute, which reflects the wide range of specialist experience we have within the team.

If there's a subject not covered here then please get in touch and we will see what we can find in the archives.

 

What To Expect When Tendering for an Orthodontic Contract

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To say the tendering process is a challenging time for orthodontic practices couldn’t be more of an understatement. To help you, watch our short video interview with Goodman Grant Director, John Grant, who has over twenty-five years experience working with dental professionals and practices across a broad range of issues. John uses his expert knowledge to outline some of the challenges facing practices, and how you can be best equipped as you enter the process.

The landscape of orthodontic contracts is changing, with contracts reducing in value, and some practices being advised to consider ‘clubbing together’ to secure a single contract.

 

 

Click here to view John's whole interview

 

The Issues Facing Practices

We understand that this is a painful and complicated process for you, as you not only face the comprehensive task of securing a tender by proving previous best practice and your ability to provide a good future service, but also doing so in such a way that your business is able to trade successfully and that you are able to realise the goodwill of the business in the event of sale in the future.

In his video interview, John Grant explains why it is vital that you receive the right support and guidance through the process of tendering, to ensure the best potential outcome and to avoid a situation in the future whereby your practice is unsaleable.

 

Clubbing Together

NHS England have given a clear indication that they are looking to reduce the number of contracts awarded. Some practices are being encouraged to ‘club’ together to bid for a single contract with a higher number of UOAs (Units of Orthodontic Activity) to stand a greater chance of success.

As John Grant explains, this raises a huge issue for the two or three practices clubbing together - how do you choose a legal entity to create with the flexibility and security needed to be able to bid to this new contract? How can you be sure you are creating a legal entity that will not only be the right choice for now but also for the future?

 

Partnership versus Limited Company – a complex choice

Far from just being a tool in assisting you to secure a contract, a partnership will be a whole new way of working for you as a practice. It is vital you meet with your prospective colleagues and have professional support to draw up a bespoke agreement – whether that is a partnership or shareholder agreement – with the aim of whilst still being able to continue running your own distinct practices, whilst having procedures in place for making joint decisions.

 

Building the Right Team for the Process Ahead

The tendering process is likely to be complex, uncertain and at times difficult. It is critical that you feel fully prepared to begin the process and are surrounded with a team of trusted professionals, so you can draw on the expertise needed to ensure the best possible long term outcomes for your practice. John Grant outlines the professionals you should look for in your ‘dream team’.

 

Ten Minutes to Get Prepared

This is a crucial time for your business. Take the first step to getting prepared for the tendering process by watching John Grant’s expert interview now. 

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Topics: PDS Orthodontic Contract

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