THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW Highlighting best practice
“The Maguire Way” Each of our practices offer a mix of NHS and private treatment, and we attribute part of our success to the fact we would never turn away someone in need. While we recognise it is important to be financially viable, we also believe there is a way to practice as a caring profession, and we instil our values in our dentists. We believe it is important to offer our patients options in terms of treatment, although we understand that there are times when cost is a barrier. Of the 1.8 million people who live in Northern Ireland, 1.2 million are registered with a dentist. As one of the largest dental groups in the country, we care for one out of every 20 registered patients in Northern Ireland. Our appointment books are often filled six to eight weeks in advance and we have a very loyal patient base.
The Dentists Academy Each of our practices has a central role in their community. For example, we created an “autism awareness pack” for patients and parents, which shows images of the surgery and what to expect at a visit for an autistic patient. We champion access to dentistry for all patients – including those who are housebound or in nursing homes. We carried out over 500 domiciliary visits in Northern Ireland last year. Our “domiciliary care pack” for nursing homes for use with their patients, families or carers ensures the oral health of this cohort is maintained. Throughout the last 30 years I have been fortunate enough to have had some influential mentors, and I decided to provide the same experience for colleagues – thus, The Dentists Academy was born. The academy is an online platform and each member can benefit from the training, reports,
Created a trainee dental nurses’ programme, including a “buddy scheme”, to ensure high- quality training for dental nurses
Derek and some of his management team with their Investors in People Gold award