Nigel Jones speaks to young dentists about whether the reality of practising dentistry matched their expectations…
As someone who has worked in dentistry for almost 30 years, I’ve seen the truly life-transforming impact that clinicians can have on their patients. The satisfaction this must give, is surely hard to match in other professions. And yet, there is a very real problem with recruiting and retaining new dentists.
Of course, alongside the positive feel-good factor of making a difference to your patients’ lives, there are many challenges: managing patient expectations, delivering the quality care you want to while working within the parameters of the NHS, mounting regulation, the fear of complaints and litigation, to name but a few.
With the current struggle around recruiting and retaining dental professionals, it seems as though the balance is tipping and the negative factors are out-weighing the positives. It may well be that for those entering the profession, their expectations of delivering this transformational dentistry is not matched by the reality of being a dentist, resulting in them deciding early on that it is not the career for them.Read More