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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


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 

Incorporation concerns in NI and Scotland

Leases and licences

New practice start-up

Partnerships  updated September 19     


Fee collection

Fee setting

Financial management

Private dental plans and in-practice capitation schemes


The team

Associates working in general dental practice

Employing staff

Employment contracts, practice staff and TUPE


NHS dentistry in England and Wales

GDS in England and Wales - guide to the standard contract

NHS dentistry in Scotland

GDS in Northern Ireland

​Expert templates


Audit - Supplier contracts (v1)
Business continuity and disaster recovery policy (v3)

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)

Fees and payments policy (v4)
Records management policy (v3)

The team

Associate contract - England and Wales (v6)
Associate contract - Northern Ireland (v6)
Associate contract - Scotland (v8)
Associate contract - Private only within a mixed practice - Scotland (v3)
Associate contract - private practice (v8)
Associate ortho contract - England and Wales (v4)

Locum-Associate contract - HSCNI and mixed - NI (v2) 
Locum-Associate contract - NHS and mixed - Eng and Wales (v2)
Locum-Associate contract - NHS and mixed - Scotland (v2)
Locum-Associate contract - ortho - Eng and Wales (v2)
Locum-Associate contract - private practice (v2)
Data protection privacy notice - associates (v3)   Updated September 19

Data protection privacy notice - employees (v3)   Updated September 19

Employed dentists - code of practice (v2)
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

Assistants in Northern Ireland and Scotland - Feb 18


BDJ In Practice features indispensable, practical advice and provides you with everything you need to know on all the latest challenges facing our profession.

​​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

We may record telephone conversations that are advisory in nature to offer you additional security, resolve complaints and improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.

​Other resources

Financial Healthcheck tool - To help you, we’ve teamed up with our partner Lloyd & Whyte to put together a Financial Healthcheck tool, asking you a series of questions to give you an advice based report.