Dental business models

I’m beginning to see the emergence of three distinct business models in private and independent UK dentistry:

  1. the traditional PRIVATE PRACTICE – where a dentist combines with other dentists and therapists/hygienists to provide general or specialised dentistry;
  2. the PRIVATE MINI-DENTAL HOSPITAL – where the principal has created a team of specialists and generalists and
  3. the PRIVATE POLY-CLINIC – where the prinicipal has created a team of specialists and experts in a variety of health-care and well-being services.

Needless to say, in the third model, the principal and founder is rarely engaging in clinical production or delivery – they are becoming true entreprenuers.
They are few and far between – but beginning to emerge.
Yesterday, I met with my second UK dentist ever who has an MBA.
A few dentists are beginning to think and act like business owners.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.