Tracking confidence in the future of NHS dentistry


The results of the latest NHS Confidence Monitor survey provide a snapshot of the mood within the profession and highlight a significant drop in confidence levels.

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About the NHS Confidence Monitor

The surveys are designed to track confidence levels of the profession in the future of NHS dentistry; the number of people taking part is growing with each survey.

Further Insights

Carried out every six months, this current survey is the third in the series. The first was carried out at the end of 2014 and the second in the summer of 2015.

After each survey, a group of key opinion leaders are brought together to discuss the results to provide wider insight.

Interest is growing

Third in the series


Almost 600 dental professionals rated their confidence levels across these key statements:

  • Overall confidence in the future of NHS dentistry 
  • Their future career prospects
  • Getting the balance of treatment vs. prevention right
  • Remuneration levels
  • The ability for the team to work effectively within the NHS
  • If patients will be happy with the level of care provided.

  •             If you would recommend a friend to the profession.
  •             At what age would you retire.

Unsurprisingly, the results of this latest NHS Confidence Monitor reiterate the findings of earlier surveys. They show a real lack of confidence in the future of NHS dentistry and the ability of the Government to introduce a contract which offers the right balance of treatment versus prevention.  

The latest results


Sample survey results

Sheila Scott

We’ve shared the results with some of the ground level dentists and key players within

the profession to gain their thoughts on the results of the latest survey.

 Read more views on the latest results from your peers, key opinion leaders and top industry consultants. 

"The latest results are another damning indication of the low levels of morale for those working within the dental profession. Practice managers are a little more optimistic, but this will include some who do not have the full picture from a financial point of view. Particularly of note is the fact that so few of us would now recommend the profession to others as a career choice and I am one of the majority. This is a high indicator of not just low morale, but poor career prospects for the younger of us, reduced remuneration and increased uncertainty, especially on the NHS side of the fence. Add in the red tape, UDAs, increased patient expectations (but for less cost to them), NHS Choices (Tripadvisor?), FFT, seven day NHS, and a regulator who still have not improved their own performance." 

Claire Roberts

Professional opinion


Dental Business Consultant

"The really damning statistic from this survey is the 70% of respondents who will not be recommending dentistry as a profession to friends and family. What happened to the profession that people used to look up to and admire, and aspire to? Even more tellingly, half of all practice managers – who by definition earn so much less than their dentist colleagues – will not be recommending dentistry to their children. These managers see the pressures dentists are under, and they obviously don’t think the pressure is ‘worth it’."

Why you should take part:

  1. Add your opinion to the debate
  2. Ensure the voice of the profession is heard
  3. Be a part of the discussion.

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You can also take a look back at past surveys and see how opinion has changed.

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