NHS CONFIDENCE MONITOR
Tracking happiness levels
in NHS dentistry
Over 400 NHS and private dentists were asked how happy they feel on seven areas of working life:
What was asked
They were also asked how they feel about other topics, including:
The results show a divided dental profession, with those dentists working in the NHS being significantly unhappier than their counterparts operating in private care.
…are fairly remunerated for the work you do?
NHS dentists dramatically more unhappy than private
Responses from Private Dentists
…are able to carry out your work
without feeling overly stressed?
Download previous results
Compared to 91% of NHS dentists who feel unhappy with the level of remuneration they receive for the work they do.
Q: Compared to when you were working in the NHS, how happy are you that you….
Compared to 89% of NHS dentists who feel unhappy with the level of stress to carry out the work they do.
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.
"When I switched from the NHS to the private sector a few years ago it was about control – how much time I spend with patients, how I get remunerated. I have more freedom, and, so far,
I’ve not had a complaint because I can talk to my patients. Everyone I know who has had an issue with patient complaints,
it has been down to communication problems or issues."
"I think (NHS) dentists struggle with trying to treat everyone
equally and to the best of their abilities, whilst being stuck in
a system that has limitations. They’re working in adversarial circumstances where if they put a slight foot wrong, they get
hit with a sledgehammer rather than any help. This massively
increases stress, unhappiness, and disenchantment,
which inevitably has a knock-on effect in patient care."
NHS Insights Panel
Eddie Crouch, Paul Worskett, Simon Thackeray, Petros Mylonas, Jasmine Lobo, David Houston and Dhru Shah came together to discuss the latest results from the
NHS Confidence Monitor.
Well-known faces joined by representatives of the new generation of dentists on this year's panel generated a lively and interesting debate about what the future of dentistry might look like in light of these results.
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The results showed that 70% of NHS dentists plan to leave the NHS within the next 5 years
Download any or all of the adjacent PDFs to see the results from our past surveys, which asked professionals about their confidence in the future of NHS dentistry.
View the previous survey results