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Comprehensive Guide to 24-Hour Retirement for Dentists 


Retirement is a significant life event, and for dentists, it often involves meticulous planning and consideration. In recent years, a phased approach to retirement has gained popularity in the dental profession. Dentists are increasingly exploring options beyond the conventional NHS retirement age, opting for a 24-hour retirement, selling their dental practices in advance, and continuing as associates. This approach offers several advantages, primarily relieving the stress of practice ownership while enabling dentists to continue their clinical work. 

What Is 24-Hour Retirement? 

A 24-hour retirement, in the context of dentistry, refers to a unique arrangement where a dentist can temporarily step back from clinical work under the NHS. This brief hiatus, lasting for 24 hours, allows the dentist to draw their NHS pension and, if necessary, address other personal matters without jeopardizing their career. Upon the conclusion of this short break, dentists have the option to return to NHS work. The appeal of this option is clear – it grants dentists the flexibility to manage their NHS pension and professional responsibilities. 

The Importance of Legal Guidance 

Navigating the intricacies of a 24-hour retirement requires careful consideration of specific conditions and regulations. To ensure a smooth transition and safeguard your interests, it is essential to work with a skilled legal team well-versed in the nuances of dental practice. At Healthcare Consultants, our legal experts specialize in assisting dentists, and we are committed to providing you with tailored solutions that meet your unique needs. 

Common Questions About 24-Hour Retirement 

  1. Do I Have to Sell My Practice to Take 24-Hour Retirement? 


No, selling your practice is not a prerequisite for embarking on a 24-hour retirement journey. At Healthcare Consultants, we understand that each dentist's situation is unique. Our legal team will collaborate with you to create a meticulously planned 24-hour retirement strategy that avoids common NHS contract pitfalls. 


   2.What if the NHS Contract Is in My Name? 


If you hold an NHS Dental Contract as a sole trader, NHS England/Wales may perceive your retirement as a contract termination. In such cases, it is crucial to approach the 24-hour retirement with care. Our legal experts are well-equipped to guide you through this process, ensuring the protection of your NHS Contract and facilitating a seamless 24-hour retirement in coordination with the Commissioners and NHS Pensions. 



   3.Does 24-Hour Retirement Affect My CQC Registration? 


Yes, a 24-hour retirement may have implications for your Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration. Our team can provide valuable guidance on how this may impact your practice and assist in addressing any registration-related concerns. 



   4.Am I Restricted in the Number of Hours I Can Work After 24-Hour Retirement? 


There are restrictions on the number of hours you can work in the first calendar month following a 24-hour retirement. These limitations are important to be aware of, and our experts will offer guidance to ensure that you remain compliant with these regulations. 

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