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Health and wellbeing benefits survey 2014 now available

July 9, 2014

HandWSurveyWe are delighted to announce that the Health and wellbeing benefits survey 2014 (formally known as the Dental benefits survey) is now available to view and download.

The report reveals which health and wellbeing benefits UK employers are offering to their staff and how they are being delivered.  It also examines the impact benefits play on employee’s attitudes, along with the challenges that are shaping them.

This year’s findings show that employee benefits remain a priority with over three quarters (78%) of companies offering health and wellbeing benefits. The dilemma for organisations remains how to offer the right mix of benefits to attract and retain staff while also balancing their costs.

The survey is also designed to give company decision makers the most up-to-date information from the dental profession, and indicates that 46% of companies considering adding a dental plan in the coming year. 62% of employees would also consider a dental plan if offered one; while 56% said they would appreciate access to one as part of a package.

Colin Perry, Corporate Channel Manager at Denplan explains: “Clearly we’re pleased that health and wellbeing is still a priority among both employees and company decision makers. With over a third (35%) of respondents offering a Dental Plan to their staff, this makes dental the third most popular selection behind only PMI and Childcare Vouchers. With that in mind it seems that company decision makers understand that there is a direct link between oral health and the overall wellbeing of their staff, which is something that we strongly support. ”

To view and download the full report visit www.denplan.co.uk/hwsurvey  

If you would like to request a printed copy of the research report, or have any questions about the results please email corporatemarketing@denplan.co.uk  

How to write a Winning Awards Entry

June 10, 2014

Standing out from a crowd has never been more important for intermediaries. So what better way to set yourself apart from the competition than winning a recognised professional award? Colin Perry discusses…

Awards are not only a chance to show that you are the best intermediary in your field, but to show current and prospective clients your value and encourage them to broker their benefits through you – rather than going direct to providers.  They can also create a fantastic networking opportunity as well an enabling you to benchmark yourself against your competitors and assess your offerings for future improvements.

Denplan not only sponsor professional awards, such as The Health Insurance Awards, but we also put ourselves forward for as many business accolades as we can. This is because we know the value of the services we provide and, by winning awards, we not only boost our exposure to clients that may not know about us, but reinforce to our existing members that they are with the very best dental payment plan specialist.

As an intermediary, there is no reason why winning awards will not build loyalty with your current client base, but bring in new ones as well. Just being shortlisted for an award is a huge honour and a great opportunity to raise your brand awareness, and potentially your income. So, how do you ensure that your awards entry is the most ‘winning’ that it can be? Here are my ‘Top Tips’ to point you in the right direction.

Top Tips for Winning Awards

  1. Do your homework – take time to find the category that best suit your business and the kind of service you offer. By finding the awards that are right for you, you will also have a better chance at winning.
  2. Read the criteria carefully – make sure you know exactly what you’re entering and that you can put together a good case to win. If the entry asks for a set number of words, make sure you stick to it and use your limit wisely. Going over your word limit by more than 10% can often leave you penalised by the judges.
  3. Provide Evidence – wherever possible you should provide evidence in your awards entries. Anything that supports your claims and provides a more evidence based approach makes your entry more credible to a judge.
  4. Do not rush – a rushed entry is a bad entry, so make sure you take the time to make yours as good as it can be. Read the terms on conditions thoroughly before submitting your entry. Once your entry is submitted the awards organisers will assume you have accepted these.  
  5. Finger’s Crossed! – if you’re lucky enough to get shortlisted, make sure you tell your professional network about it. It’s an honour to be shortlisted and can give you the extra respect and recognition you need to close a deal or start brokering new ones!

If you are thinking of entering the Health Insurance Awards this year and, more specifically, the ‘Best Dental Benefits Intermediary’ category, Denplan is offering a proofing service whereby we can go through your entry in detail to ensure it’s as strong as it can be. If you really don’t know where to start you can also contact us to write the entry for you. This is just one of the many bespoke services we offer intermediaries and one of the reasons we’ve been voted ‘Best Dental Plan Provider’ for four years in a row!

Denplan consumer advertising

May 22, 2014

Denplan is excited to announce that during May and June, we will be advertising across numerous national newspapers and magazine titles as part of our continuing focus to raise consumer awareness.

As the UKs leading dental plan specialist, we continue to forge relationships between dentists, patients and companies throughout the UK. Oral health is at the heart of the agenda and the campaign will encourage consumers to find a dentist using the unique dentist locator on the Denplan website.

We hope that the companies we serve and their employees, will continue to appreciate the merit in working with a nationally recognised brand and the benefits that this brings.

You can keep an eye out for our new advertising in: The Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, The Guardian, The Herald and The Scotsman in Scotland and The Irish News and Belfast Telegraph in Northern Ireland. In addition we’ll be advertising in Country Living, Good Housekeeping and Woman and Home magazines, to reach as many consumers as possible.

The UK’s largest oral health campaign is back

May 16, 2014


National Smile Month is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of oral health to your clients and their 
employees.

 

The campaign, which takes place between May 19 and June 19, encourages anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help communicate positive oral health messages and improves the quality of smiles all around the UK.

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The aim of the campaign is to focus on oral health care habits, and see if one can make a change to their routine to help them keep their teeth and gums healthy for life. 

• Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

• Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks

• Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

 

To find out more about National Smile Month, visit www.smilemonth.org

 

Denplan Discount Network Milestone

April 29, 2014

discount-dentistFollowing its launch just over a year ago, Denplan is pleased to announce that the Denplan Discount Network now has over 2,000 practices offering exclusive discounts to employees of organisations with Denplan Dental Benefits.

Launched in January 2013, the Denplan Discount Network is designed to provide Denplan’s corporate members with access to dental treatment at discounted rates. Now with over 2,000 Denplan dentists part of the network, and more joining all the time, Denplan is able to support more companies offering Denplan as an employee benefit with information about the service, and actively communicate a wellbeing message to employees by promoting attendance with a dentist that is close to their place of work.

Denplan Managing Director, Steve Gates, who spoke at the launch, commented: “The Denplan Discount Network has gone from strength to strength in the last year and we’re thrilled to have reached the 2,000th member marker. The more dentists that join the network the more popular and strong it becomes and this is just another example of our unique service offering at Denplan.”

For more information about the Denplan Discount Network, visit our website or call
0800 169 3279

The future of corporate dental plans discussed at recent roundtable

April 8, 2014

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Following Denplan’s recent roundtable at Employee Benefits Connect, Roger Matthews discusses the future of Dental Plans and getting oral healthcare awareness higher up the company agenda

The roundtable event at this year’s Employee Benefits Connect was entitled: “How can improving oral health have a positive impact on employee wellbeing?” It focussed on issues including:

  • The links between oral health and general wellbeing
  • Dental is one of the only preventive benefits on the market – looking after employee wellbeing before the need of reactive intervention.
  • Dental is a tangible, usable benefit, but has the capability to provide far more return on investment if engaged with effectively.
  • How valued is dental care to staff and company decision makers?

 

Dental health and links to chronic disease

Periodontitis (gum disease) is the most common chronic disease among humans with some 43% of adults suffering from it in the UK. Once one reaches the age of 60 that figure goes up to 65% and this is not only causing a significant cost to the taxpayer, but is also completely avoidable with the proper oral healthcare. It is also a strong indicator of other, often chronic, health problems in adults such as heart attack, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke to name but a few. Despite this, dental insurance continues to be viewed as separate from overall healthcare benefits.

Dental is one of the few preventive healthcare benefits open to employees, as benefits such as PMI are used to treat illness – not to help prevent illness from occurring. Providing schemes such as Denplan encourages regular dental attendance and increases awareness of the benefits of good oral health and the wider impact on general wellbeing.

 

Implementing change

Communication is a key factor in enhancing the status of dental healthcare and more needs to be done to communicate to employees the value dentistry provides as a wider healthcare benefit. By moving away from the perception that dentistry is solely focussed on the mouth and educating employees through effective communications about the wider benefit of being dentally fit, a dental plan becomes far more relevant to a company’s overall health and wellbeing strategy

According to YouGov, 62%1 of employees without a dental plan would consider one if their employer offered it and 54%1 of people believe that dental it a tangible, usable benefit, with Denplan starting from as little as £4 per employee, per month.

It seems that employees are not alone in the demand for dental benefits either, with 46%1 of companies reviewing their benefits considering adding dental. Furthermore, not only do 83%2 of employers with a dental plan recognise that they enhance employee wellbeing, but 68%2 of them believe that a dental plan helps to manage staff absences.

It seems that there is not only significant demand for dental as a benefit among employees and employers alike, but there is also a significant need for increasing dental care access in the wider public health agenda. Why is it then that dental benefits continue to be treated as a separate entity to healthcare benefits? When the evidence so strongly shows that dental healthcare can be a key indicator in the detection and early diagnosis of many more serious illnesses – surely it is time to recognise that dental benefits should be used as a key preventive healthcare benefit, rather than a bolt-on for PMI. 

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1 Source: Denplan/YouGov survey, January 2014. Total sample size was 5,148 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

2 Source: Denplan decision-makers survey, January 2014. The survey was completed by 488 respondents. This research is based on a Denplan survey among employee benefit decision-makers in UK companies. 

 

How giving up smoking can help your teeth

March 6, 2014

ImageThis year Wednesday 12th March marks the British Heart Foundation’s No Smoking Day. This is one of the country’s biggest health awareness campaigns, designed to encourage smokers to stub out cigarettes for good.

As well as being bad for our overall health and being a major cause of heart and lung diseases, smoking and tobacco are also linked to a variety of oral health problems including bad breath, gum disease, and more seriously oral cancer.

Regular visits to the dental team are essential to look after teeth and gums, and even more so for a smoker.  Dentist are best-placed to help combat the effects of smoking, and to spot any other conditions that may need further investigation.

To find out more about No Smoking Day and for help and advice on kicking the habit, visit www.nosmokingday.org.uk

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