As part of an ongoing focus on pay and benefits for colleagues, Bupa Dental Care has announced a pay rise for its dental nurses
As the UK’s second largest dental provider, the change will benefit more than 2,000 colleagues and comes as part of a focus to improve the offer to colleagues across the business following Bupa’s acquisition of Oasis in 2017, including developing career pathways and progression opportunities for staff.
Gabriela Pueyo, general manager of Bupa Dental Care UK, said: ‘This is an exciting time to be part of Bupa Dental Care. We’ve been working hard to improve our offer to colleagues, and I’m delighted we’re seeing these changes come to fruition.
‘Our nurses are central to the success of our practices, and these changes recognise them for the professionals they are. It’s not only the pay we’re focusing on though as we’re continuing to offer apprenticeships and training opportunities to help our colleagues thrive within the business.’
Bupa employs more than 2,000 dentists and 5,000 practice staff – including more than 2,700 nurses, around 500 are either on apprenticeships or training on the job.
As of this spring, it plans have been announced to expand apprenticeships into clinical leadership and lab technician roles to provide further choice.
As well as progression opportunities, Bupa dental nurses enjoy a range of other employment benefits, including funded CPD, General Dental Council registration and professional indemnity insurance.
Development and training
At the same time as announcing the pay increase for nurses, Bupa Dental Care has also launched a formal practice manager induction.
The four-week programme will deliver in-depth training in all areas of managing a practice, while pairing new colleagues with dedicated senior contacts within the business, helping ensure they have the skills and support to succeed in their new roles.
The new induction sits alongside Bupa Dental Care’s Practice Manager Academy, which helps identify talent within practices, before providing in-depth training to fast-track colleagues into management roles.
Ms Pueyo added: ‘It’s essential we’re providing colleagues with all the training they need, not only so that we can deliver for patients, but so they can progress their own careers with Bupa, too.
‘This is just the beginning of our work in this area. We’ve got lots more planned, like developing robust career pathways for our nurses and other professionals, so we can attract the best talent and be known as the number one place to build your career in dental.’
As a minimum, Bupa will pay all its dental nurses, including student nurses and apprentices, regardless of age, the National Living Wage for over 25s (£8.21).
This means a nurse under 18 will earn nearly double the £4.35 hourly government baseline.
Qualified nurses will see their pay rise from £8.25 to £9.10 per hour.
Nurses can also earn more as they broaden their skills, earn qualifications and progress into lead nurse or other clinical roles.