Spreading the Cost of your Dental Recruitment

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While we have worked with hundreds of dental clients across the UK over the years, many dental practices engage a recruitment consultancy reluctantly, often having already tried to recruit themselves.

Innovations in Dental Recruitment

Dental recruitmaent and innovation at Blue Sky People in UK Australia and New Zealand

Dentistry in the UK has is often referred to as being a traditional sector. In days gone by many associates found their jobs through word of mouth (and some still do) an adage that “it’s not what you know, but who you know” probably rang true. Today however, the landscape is changing rapidly. With corporate or multi-practice group dentistry, modern high tech private dentistry and advancing clinical techniques and materials, the sector is innovating rapidly. This is the case in dental recruitment terms as well as the traditional Assistant – Associate – Partner – Principal career route has been replaced with a myriad of opportunities for career path – whether in public sector dentistry, NHS or Mixed or Private practice – group or independent. Getting to know our clients here at Blue Sky People is at the heart of what we do and nowadays we work ever closer with our key clients to develop creative and innovative approaches to their recruitment. Whether that is creating Social Media campaigns, Web Pages for current and potential employees (as well as their traditional patient websites) or simply encouraging the use of Skype/Whatsapp video calls for the first phases of any interview process. Gone are the days of practices being able to pop a 3-4 line advert on BDJJobs and screening through the responses. In the current climate practices are having to “sell” their jobs and practice, offering up a broad range of information to capture interest from potential applicants. What if those ideal applicants aren’t even looking? With so few active candidates looking for Associate jobs, how do you reach those who aren’t searching you out? The majority of our clients have got an interesting story to tell and across our established advertising platforms, increasing knowledge of candidate attraction through multiple social media platforms, combined with our traditional interpersonal skills – we are in the people business after all – we can help get that story out there. Through general industry modernisation – younger dentists in particular expect to work in a computerised setting with the likes of Digital X-Ray and Rotary Endo as standard. As such, one practice setting is much like any other, increasing the importance of what else you have to offer as an employer of choice. If you’re looking for an innovative dental recruitment partner to help you get your message out there, whether it is a one off job or multiple posts across different practices, we’re always pleased to talk to clients with a compelling story to tell.

BDIA Dental Showcase 2017 – Post Show Update

Paul Holborn director of Blue Sky People Dental Recruitment at BDIA Dental Showcase 2017

Following 3 great days at the BDIA Dental Showcase, the Blue Sky People team are busy following up with candidates and clients alike this week after a good number of new enquiries and lots of interesting discussions. We met with clients across the dental sector from independent practice owners to larger group businesses as well as customers across the dental supply chain. You may well have heard but we also had current clients meeting prospective candidates on the stand throughout and both Smile Together and JDRM Dentalcare had successful meetings throughout the 3 day Showcase. Several themes emerged throughout the show (apart from the sore feet among those of us not used to standing for 3 days straight). There are fantastic business opportunities in this rapidly changing industry landscape with some highly adaptable businesses quick to realise those opportunities. There is a significant shortage of high quality staff across clinical dentistry and the dental supply chain alike. There are lots of talented clinicians and commercial staff with dental industry experience actively looking for the opportunity to optimise their talent.   During the course of the show, I met with a number of innovative, forward thinking dental businesses (practices and suppliers) all of which have identified unique and attractive opportunities for their own business. Not unsurprisingly we also met with a good number of highly talented clinical and commercially aware candidates who see lots of ongoing recruitment in the market, but who are looking for specific opportunities to enhance their careers and develop their skills. Our job is to put the two sides together – identifying those forward thinking, creative and innovative businesses with bright futures and introduce them to those talented, motivated and enthusiastic individuals who will seize the opportunity for advancement. Thank you to those of you who took the time to come and meet us to discuss your particular projects. We’re excited by the opportunity to work with you. Paul & The Team  

Is Locum Dentistry Still Alive and Kicking in the UK?

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There is no doubt that the nature of working as a locum dentist means a dynamic marketplace. Since mid 2016 there has been a general increase in the volume of locum jobs available across the market – improving choice as well as seeing day rates and per UDA rates increase. The private locum market remains steady with the majority of need for locum dentists covering medium to long term health related absence or maternity cover. The NHS led locum market is where the majority of the opportunity lies with corporate practices in particular offering highly attractive day rates in order to maintain their rates of UDA delivery and in some cases avoid being in breach of their contracts. It is always the case that locum dental jobs in more remote locations tend to have a longer hang time, often taking some weeks to fill but they often offer the best rates of pay as well as accommodation allowances covering out of pocket expenses. Locum opportunities in city locations tend to move very quickly. Dentists looking to locum in and around London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds in particular should make sure that you have up to date compliance paperwork to hand to ensure GDC, Indemnity, Passport ID, Immunology and up to date DBS forms are sent through at the same time or shortly after your CV. Here at Blue Sky People, we’re constantly looking at how to speed up and streamline our locum recruitment process and we’re currently working towards using the very latest Facebook message bot technology to give our registered locums instant access to the latest locum jobs UK wide. A decade or more ago, the typical view in UK dentistry towards dentists working as locums was poor. In todays climate however we find that the UK dental locum market contains highly experienced dentists as well as those with less experience, but who perhaps “want to try before they buy” in to an Associate contract at a practice. Today among dentists starting our in their professional career it is not unusual to take a number of locum jobs, exploring what different practices and locations have to offer whether corporate/multi practice groups or independents.