We work with a very diverse range of dental clients across the UK, from single handed private practices in the wilds of Cornwall, to NHS community services in locations like the Shetland Islands.
We don’t currently recruit for any of the 5 largest corporates – most have talented in-house teams to manage their recruitment – preferring to work with independently owned and managed dental businesses the length and breadth of the UK.
Historically, associate opportunities with independent practices were highly sought after within the profession, particularly those in locations with great family benefits, such as schools and amenities. The interest in private practice remains for those who have invested in their clinical skills, but practices with a degree of NHS income and lots of opportunity for developing a private book – either fee per item, or through development of a membership plan – have generally recruited quite readily in the past.
We talk to literally hundreds of dental professionals over the course of a month and interestingly, we’re seeing different questions posed by associates who are active in the job market, mostly due to the effect of corporate dentistry on the market.
More often than not (once the financials are out of the way) we’re now being asked whether the practices we’re recruiting for have things like air conditioning, rotary endo, intra-oral cameras, digital X-Ray, natural light in the surgeries and so on. What opportunities there are for mentoring and support for less experienced dentists are also a consideration.
Whatever your opinion of corporate dentistry, the modern surroundings, well trained staff and investment in high tech capital equipment for their surgeries is helping them attract and retain talented clinicians in a way that the market hasn’t properly acknowledged.
The dental industry is going through a significant modernisation in more ways than one. If your practice isn’t keeping up to speed with technological advancement and investment in staff training and development, you could find yourself struggling to recruit at all in the future.
If you need some advice and support in recruiting and retaining talent for your dental practice, contact us now for a confidential conversation on how we can help.
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