Associates

The majority of dentists in general practice work as self-employed associates. The relationship between associates and practice owners centres on the associate making regular (usually monthly) payments to the practice owner in return for the use of the practice premises, equipment, materials and staff.
 

Associates and practice owners should have a written agreement signed by both parties. Here you will find BDA advice on associate contracts, together with various model associates contracts that can be adapted to suit individual circumstances. But there is other information that associates may find useful, so this included too.

 

BDA advice

Quick guide to working as an associate

Associate contracts for NHS and mixed practices in England and Wales
Associate contracts for HS and mixed practices in Northern Ireland
Associate contracts for NHS and mixed practices in Scotland
Associate contracts for private practice
Associate - practice owner code of practice
Associate pay under the NHS prototype contract

GDS and PDS in England and Wales
GDS in Northern Ireland
GDS in Scotland

Associates - leaving a practice

Dentists parental leave and pay

Locums

Template contracts

Associate contract - England and Wales
Associate contract - Northern Ireland
Associate contract - private practice
Associate contract - Scotland
Associate orthodontic contract - England and Wales (GDS contracts/PDS agreements)

Contract review
An associate contract review service is available to BDA members who are associates, in relation to their own contracts. Please email your contract to: advice.enquiries@bda.org
Career opportunities

Career pathways and top tips videos
CV and interview help

Dental specialty training

Further study – educational options, from DF2 to specialisation
Alternative paths – volunteering and working abroad
BDJ J​obs


 

Further information and support can be found on the starting out pages.


 

Careers Day is an annual event that gives you the opportunity to consider the options available, with knowledgeable speakers who will share their experiences and provide valuable advice

Into Practice app

​Written by BDA advisers, with newly qualified dentists in mind, the app is full of advice designed to help you make a smooth and successful transition into practice. It contains information about:

  • The UK dentistry job market
  • Working with dental staff
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) for dentists
  • Further study
  • Working abroad
  • Finance
  • Data protection
The app is compatible with both Apple iPad and Android tablet devices. Visit Apple’s ‘App Store’ or Google Play and search for “BDA”.
Advice videos Obtain the best associate position for you
The importance of your associate contract
Making an associateship work for you
How do you know you’re ready to buy a practice
Financing a practice purchase
​BDJ InPracticeAssociate-leave planning
Apportionment and fee uplift
Associates are worth good equipment
CPD support
Fee apportionments
Getting the right job
Maternity leave
Maternity leave – right to return
Performance concerns
Practice sales
Remedial work on leaving a practice
Resolving complaints
Support from staff
Tips for practice promotion
Expert Solutions templates

​Associate-performer activity summary spreadsheet (v1)
Associate-performer information (v1.1)
Associate-performer reference request (v1)
Associate-performer remuneration spreadsheet - monthly (v1)
Associate-performer remuneration spreadsheet - UDA (v1)
Irrecovable deed of assignment - Scotland and NI (v1)
Irrevocable deed of assignment (reassignment) - Scotland and NI (v1)
Irrevocable deed of assignment letter - Scotland and NI (v1)


 

See Expert Solutions for more templates

BDA Events​Training essentials – courses for the whole team
Clinical seminars – an in-depth exploration of clinical topics
iLearn webcasts – a selection of sessions filmed at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition
Conferences – information about the annual British Dental Conference and Exhibition, the Scottish Dental Conference and Exhibition, and group conferences for dentists in community and hospital dentistry
Branches and sections events listing
Get involved

The BDA’s network of local Branches and Sections ensures local representation and encourages members to network at a local level.

Young Dentists Committee

Young Dentist Groups