Opinions are being sought on how confident the dental profession are in the future of NHS dentistry for the second NHS Confidence Monitor. An independent survey commissioned by Practice Plan, the survey will follow on from the initial survey in 2014 and monitor the changes, if any, about how confident the profession is as new information about the contract reforms emerges and the selected prototype practices reveal their thoughts and findings on the potential new systems. This survey will act as a key indicator to how the profession feels about the future of NHS dentistry, so the organisers are urging all dentists to have their voice heard.
Over 250 dentists have gave their opinions so far on issues such as career prospects, remuneration levels, getting the balance of treatment versus prevention within the NHS right, and the ability of the team to work effectively within the NHS.
The results of the initial survey raised concerns over the right balance of treatment versus prevention as well as most practices that had 3 or more dentists were losing confidence that practising NHS dentistry would provide an appropriate level of remuneration.
Pointing to the survey as a key opportunity for dentists to indicate their feelings on the future of NHS dentistry, Vice Chair of the British Dental Association Principal Executive Committee, Eddie Crouch, 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 of NHS dentistry.”
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