The NHS Confidence Monitor survey has been running since 2014 monitoring confidence levels in the future of NHS dentistry. Over the last two surveys, it has evolved to include private dentists and questions on happiness levels, providing a more detailed picture of what it’s like to work in dentistry today. This survey asked how happy both NHS and private dentists are across seven areas of working life:
They were also asked how they felt about other topics, including:
Q. Do you see yourself operating within the NHS in five years’ time?
NHS dentistry faces a growing threat of mass exodus
Q. If you’re thinking of leaving the NHS, what are you planning to do?
More than three quarters of NHS dentists who took part in the survey don't see themselves still operating within the NHS in five years' time.
Simon Thackeray explains why he believes the number
of dentists planning to leave the NHS is so high.
Discussing the results
Key opinion leaders from the profession and members of the new generation of dentists came together to discuss the results of the survey.
Eddie Crouch and Ros Keeton discuss the potential impact on the profession of increasing numbers of young dentists choosing to have a 'portfolio career', spending only part of their week working in dentistry once they're qualified.
Key opinion leaders: David Houston, Joe Hendron, Ros Keeton, Simon Thackeray, Paul Worskett, Eddie Crouch
Young dentists: David Bretton, Bethany Rushworth, Petros Mylonas, Jasmine Lobo with Eddie Crouch
NHS dentistry Insights panel discussions
For more details of what was talked about, the full panel discussions are available to download below.
A difficult balancing
act for NHS dentists
85% of NHS dentists said they found it difficult or very difficult to balance professionalism with the highest standards of excellence while working within the NHS.
Q The NHS aspires to the highest standards of excellence
and professionalism. How easy do you find it to balance professionalism and working within an NHS contract?
Private dentistry paints
a much happier picture
Dentists working within the NHS are significantly
more unhappy than those working in private dentistry.
Q. When thinking about working within the NHS, how happy are you that you...
Q. Compared to when you were working in the NHS, how happy are you that you...
This trend continued across all seven areas of working life we asked about, see the full set of results here.
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