A NEW dental group has been launched in the North-East which aims to help more than 100 dentists set up their own practice using a unique joint venture model that allows dentists to operate from a new practice for a minimum cash outlay.
Dentist Direct has been formed to offer dentists a route towards running their own business, opening practices throughout the UK in prime arterial road locations with high visibility signage and car parking.
The company, spearheaded by award- winning dentist Dr Ken Harris, provides practitioners with the support of commercial experts to look after all non-clinical back office functions.
While the dentists are afforded the time they need to look after patients, Dentist Direct will manage the administrative paperwork, HR, finance, compliance, property and marketing duties needed to run a successful practice.
Dentist Direct have secured a significant funding line from Natwest Bank to support the opening of 100 practices within the next five years.
Meanwhile, the company itself will create 70 new jobs at its headquarters in County Durham.
Dr Harris added: “We understand that business requirements can create stress and take dentists away from their personal responsibilities. We want to support them with our unique opportunity for them to become their own boss while maintaining a healthy work life balance.”
As well as the support of highly specialised experts, each clinic opened under the Dentist Direct banner will have access to revolutionary dental technology known as Waterlase - a hard tissue laser technology which allows dentists to perform traditional dental procedures with less anaesthesia and reduced patient anxiety.
Dentist Direct’s practices are run as a joint venture partnership, with individual practitioners making a small capital outlay in return for their own fully fitted out facility, access to ongoing training and development and all the back office support they need on a daily basis.
Each of the partners will also have access to a state of the art dental academy, which is headed up by Dr Harris.