Owner and Principal Dentist Dr Derek J. Maguire D erek J. Maguire is the principal dentist and owner of DJ Maguire & Associates, which owns and operates 11 separate practices across Northern Ireland. Having worked for over 30 years, his first practice consisted of just two surgeries. Today, Derek’s group employs 180 people, with over 50 associate dentists, and provides services to some 61,000 NHS-registered patients. Derek tells The Parliamentary Review about the practice’s history and growth. Throughout our continued growth, I have ensured a focus on the highest quality and always complied with regulations. As an organisation, we have achieved Investors in People at Gold Level and came first in the UK in the healthcare sector at Gold Level. We participate in the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme, ensure full compliance with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority and have previously been awarded Randox Healthcare Practice of the Year. Our largest practice currently consists of 11 full-time surgeries. Recently, we have looked at the areas that seem to be the biggest cause of stress for dentists in general practice. Unquestionably, the biggest fear is of complaints or litigation, although this was closely followed by the complicated world of business and compliance with regulation. With that in mind, and enjoying training in all aspects of dentistry, we have created a trainee dental nurses’ programme, including a “buddy scheme”, to ensure high- quality training for dental nurses. This matrix also pairs them with a mentor in their practice – similar to a dental foundation trainer and trainee relationship for dentists. This year we have 15 new trainee dental nurses around our 11 sites.
Dentist and Operations Director Dr Leonard J. Maguire
FACTS ABOUT DJ MAGUIRE & ASSOCIATES DENTAL GROUP » » Owner and Principal Dentist: Dr Derek J. Maguire » » Dentist and Operations Director: Dr Leonard J. Maguire » » Founded in 1989 » » 11 practices across Northern Ireland including 50 associate dentists » » Over 61,000 registered NHS patients » » www.djmaguiredentists.co.uk » » www.thedentistsacademy.com » » Services: Dental care » » No. of employees: 180