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.