Having thought that we would ease our way back in to work in 2017, how wrong we were.
Substantial demand for locum dentists – particularly for maintaining UDA contract delivery or catch up – has meant the phone was already ringing from the first day back.
With the Bupa acquisition of Oasis, prospective sale of Southern Dental and ongoing growth and acquisition strategies for many of the smaller group businesses throughout the UK, 2017 appears to be heading for another busy year within the NHS dentistry jobs market in particular.
The skills shortage continues with an ageing professional population (not just in dentistry) growing population base and simply not enough professional healthcare graduates to fulfill demand in the medium term.
In other markets a lack of balance between supply and demand rapidly leads to increases in salaries and contract rates as businesses compete for skills. With fixed price NHS contracts under the current UDA system, there are affordability issues as personnel costs increase. That said, locum rates are rapidly on the increase and experienced NHS dentists happy to travel can secure some excellent day rates in some parts of the country.
Observing the increased demand for locum and short term cover, we’ve already invested heavily in the latest rapid communications technology and systems to meet that demand as traditional advertising mediums become less effective.
Outside of NHS dentistry we continue to see strong demand for experienced and competent clinicians from clients with a solid private business model – generally led by increased patient awareness.
With great finance available and an appetite from lenders keen to lend to dentists, we see ongoing demand from dentists keen to take a step in to practice ownership. Through our 4dentists group venture we’re uniquely placed to support entrepreneurial dentists keen to buy a practice with an exciting platform of support services pre and post purchase all launching in 2017. It’s going to be a busy and exiting year.
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