The second NHS Confidence Monitor – a survey designed to capture how confident the profession are in the future of NHS dentistry – is open until the end of June for dentists to take part and share their views.
So far undertaken by almost 250 dentists the survey explores the profession’s thoughts on the future of:
- Career prospects
- Remuneration levels
- Getting the balance of treatment versus prevention within the NHS right
- The ability of the team to work effectively within the NHS.
Following on from the first survey, conducted at the end of 2014, the second NHS Confidence Monitor will reveal how confidence levels decline and increase as new information about the contract reforms emerges.
The results will help to provide insight into dentists’ perceptions of the future of NHS dentistry.
Among other findings, the first survey revealed that almost half of dental professionals working within the NHS (44%) were less confident that practising dentistry within the NHS would offer the right balance of treatment versus prevention over a 12-month period than they were a year earlier.
Commenting on the opportunities the survey presents, Eddie Crouch, vice chair of the British Dental Association Principal Executive Committee, said:
‘It will be very interesting to see how confidence levels in NHS dentistry have changed, particularly in light of the General Election, and I look forward to the results.
‘I hope to see even more NHS dentists taking part in this survey so the profession has a greater insight into the possible future effect of NHS dentistry.’
Have your say
As an NHS dentist, how do you feel about the future of dentistry?
To have your say and help to inform your colleagues, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHSConfidenceMonitor before the end of June.
It will take just two minutes of your time to take part in this unique opportunity, while the results may inform the long-term future of many.
If you would like to see the results from the first survey, please visit www.practiceplan.co.uk/NHSDentistryInsights.
The NHS Confidence Monitor is an independent survey commissioned by Practice Plan.