What 22 years on the NHS front line taught me

By 4 December, 2019Uncategorized
  • It taught me that this country is full of decent people doing the best they can with the resources available to them
  • It taught me that people will often put their health second to that of career and the raising of their children
  • It taught me that the government (of whatever persuasion) cares nothing for the people it governs
  • It taught me that regulation and litigation are used to make the conducting of business more and more difficult.
  • It taught me that dentistry is no longer a career for those who are only in it for the money.  Whilst it is still possible to make an exceptional income from this job, that is now only the case for the top 10%.  Some of my students were a little shocked when I told them that.
  • It taught me that the country is bankrupt, and this fact is being hidden by a veneer of complicity from the central banks and the City of London.

It taught me a lot of things actually, which is why I’m no longer part of it.  I couldn’t carry on as my health and the work environment I had struggled help create was gradually (and in some cases rapidly) eroded.  The whole country is presently being held together by rubber bands and sellotape.  The promises being made by ALL the political parties as we hurtle towards the election are a combination of lies, half-truths and false assumptions.

Whoever gets in will continue to feck things up royally.  Your job is to try and navigate your way through the rocks that are being hurled in your path.  That’s why this website is here even though I am near the end of my time fettling in people’s mouths.  I’m hoping that the resources here can help as many people as possible.

And speaking to dentists, I know they have to a degree.

To me its all about having a plan.  You do that with teeth when you build up the treatment plan for a patient who’s being chucking the mints down their gob.  Why not have a plan for your life?

The books that I write (the dental ones at least) are there to try and make your life easier.  Trust me, they aren’t going to see me on the New York Times bestseller list ;) It’s my bit to try and help a profession that is in dire need of assistance.

I was asked recently if I had any advice for the newly qualified:

  • Find out which aspect of dentistry you are good at and get REALLY good at it.
  • If you want to own a practice, you have to excel at business and the management of people.  The days of just sticking a plaque outside your practice and expecting people to turn up are long gone
  • Vastly exceed the GDC’s CPD requirements
  • If you insist on owning flash cars, learn how to do it from an investment perspective
  • Remember that the government does not care about the NHS dental service.  You should vacate to the private sector at your earliest convenience.  For that, YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD ENOUGH clinically and in your communication style.
  • Just be f*cking honest.  I’m sick and tired of hearing about dentists doing dodgy stuff.  The patient comes first, not your bank balance.
  • Get a mentor who you can trust
  • Don’t believe the Instagram hype.  Tyler Durden was right, the things you own end up owning you.

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