Last day on the road

Back at the Forest of Arden for the umpteenth time in the last few weeks – today to present the last DBS workshop of the month, before the travel calms down considerably.
I’ve been living out of a suitcase for 10 days now – the laundry bags in the boot of my car are full, the case a little emptier – my briefcase looks like a disaster area with accumulated bits of paper that will be delegated early next week.
I feel like a Pony Express rider coming home after a trans-continental ride.
Last lap is the presentation today and then a crappy drive from Birmingham to Falmouth at 5.00pm on a Friday night – yuk – at least looking out of my window at blue skies, I can be reassured that the motorway is unlikely to be submerged again.
Here are some interesting dental numbers that came out of a workshop conversation this week.
23,000 – the number of dentists in the UK
10,000 – the number of individually owned practices
750 – the number who have BDA Good Practice Accreditation
491 – the number who have acheived Investors in People recognition.
The BDA told us on Wednesday that:

There are 2000 BDA Good Practice “packs” out there with practices working towards accreditation. They have a 24 month window to complete this after purchase.

And the reason I share these figures is to impress upon those who have achieved IIP that they are in the top 5% of UK practices – the top 10% if they have the BDA award.

If that were me I would be broadcasting it all over my web site and literature.


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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.