What is Step into Practice?

Step into Practice is a unique venture, developed by surgeon Paul Baguley and management consultant William Howlett

It was set up to give those starting their own practice or expanding an established practice access to knowledge, expertise and contacts they might not otherwise have. We understand that owning your own practice can be complex, and we help guide you through the issues that can arise. Our team is made up of specialists who have set up their own practice before and made it a success. See the Membership page for more info on what we offer.

What support does Step into Practice offer?

We offer complete support through set up, maintenance and growth. From drawing up your initial business plan to treating your first patient, we are there for you every step of the way. It is not just about saving you time and money, it is about creating a healthy life/work balance and giving you the time to enjoy the fruits of your labours.

I am already in the process of setting up my own private practice, can you help me?

Yes. Step into Practice can provide you with a tried-and-tested system which leads you through setting up, maintaining and growing your practice, saving you time, hassle and money in the process.

Can I become a partner?

We would be happy to bring additional skills and expertise to Step into Practice, and would welcome such enquiries, please use our contact page.

Will I be able to ‘pick and choose’ the parts that I want to take up?

Yes, this will be possible. Speak to our team to discuss what works best for you.

Is there really no membership charge?

Really! Our membership is completely free. The only time we would ever charge you is if you employ our services as an expert partner. As a partner, Step Into Practice can provide virtual office management, including answering calls, booking appointments, typing dictations and more. We take away the hassle of managing your private practice, allowing you the time to focus on patient care and making money. We would negotiate these costs with you just as any other partner would.

What does the membership give me?

Membership gives you unique access to our 12-step system, a realistically achievable set up within 2-4 months for medics or 4-6 months for dentists; administrative support through our admin team; and access to all the company contacts you will need. We have more than 30 partner companies including accountants, financial advisors, lawyers, marketing, IT solutions, insurance, supplies, coaching, billing, recruitment & more!

Will there be different levels of membership depending on what stage of practice development I am at, and therefore what support I will require?

At the moment we only offer one level of membership. In the future we may offer further packages. Contact us and let us know if you would be interested in another type of package.

I notice you are based in the North East of England; I live and work elsewhere, will you be able to help me?

Yes we will, we have UK wide membership. Our experts are contactable via phone and email so you can always get in touch. Our events are run all over the country to accommodate all our members.

Will I be building a saleable asset for when I retire?

Yes. We guide you so you’re able to grow your practice in value over the years. The time and effort you put in now can reward you with a high income stream and a business that is yours to sell. Step into Practice has a team of valuers and agents who will value your business.

Can I claim CPD?

Yes. Most definitely. We are CPD approved.

Will I have to pay for events?

If you are a member, most of the events are free and the rest are discounted. Non members will have to pay the full price to attend events.

What topics will be covered by the events?

We will be running events with contributions from our partners, equipping you with knowledge in areas such as: Practice Financial Management; Insurance; Medical Indemnity; Bookkeeping; IT; Web design and more. Everything will be covered to make sure you have the appropriate knowledge and on-going support to set up and run your private practice.

Will the presentation slides from the events be available to members?

Yes. Post event slide sets and other resources will be available to all members on the Step into Practice website as ‘view only’ files.

If you’re considering starting your own practice then you’ll find all the support you need, from managing finance to marketing, to help set up and grow your new business.