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Dentists' Working Patterns, Motivation and Morale - 2018/19 and 2019/20

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Annex B – Glossary of Terms (UK)

Table B1 provides definitions of the most common terms used in this report. Where terms relate to individual countries, this is indicated by (EW) for England & Wales, (NI) for Northern Ireland or (SC) for Scotland.

Table B1: Glossary of terms used in the report

Associate Dentist

E/W

A dentist that performs NHS activity on a contract, but does not hold a contract with an NHS England Region/LHB themselves, (also known as Performer only dentists)

NI

A dental practitioner who is self-employed and enters into an agreement with a Principal Dentist that is neither partnership nor employment. Holds a dental surgeon (DS) number and performs primary care dental services

SC

A dental practitioner who is self-employed and enters into an agreement with a Principal Dentist that is neither partnership nor employment. Also has an arrangement with an NHS Board to provide general dental services.

Clinical Work

UK

Defined as the percentage of time dentists devote to clinical work (compared to administration). For the purpose of answering the Dental Working Patterns (DWP) Survey, clinical work is defined as all face-to-face contact with patients (including preventative care).

Dental Type

E/W

For the purpose of this enquiry, a dentist is assigned a dental type based upon whether they held at least one contract with an NHS England Region/Local Health Body (LHB) and had records of dental activity in the relevant year (i.e. Providing-Performer dentists) or if they only had records of activity but did not hold a contract with an NHS England Region/LHB in the relevant year (i.e. Associate or Performer Only dentists). Please see the relevant glossary entries for further definitions of dentist types.

NI/SC

For the purpose of this enquiry, a dentist is assigned a dentist type (i.e. Principal or Associate) as declared on their survey return.

Estimated Full-Year Population

UK

Full-year population counts (in the report) are weighted estimates calculated from the entire population and the proportion of dentists who responded to the survey who indicated they worked for the full-year discounting any annual leave taken. The population counts may not sum due to rounding.

Likert Scale

UK

Psychometric scale commonly used in research to measure people’s attitudes to a topic.

Linear Regression

UK

Please see Annex E of the Methodology for descriptions.

‘Motivation Index’

UK

Based on the average response to the six questions designed to measure the motivation of dentists. Please see the Introduction for a more detailed description of the questions, how the ‘motivation index’ is calculated and key assumptions made.

Multivariate Analysis

UK

Multivariate analysis (MVA) is based on the statistical principle of multivariate statistics, which involves observation and analysis of more than one statistical outcome variable at a time.

NHS or Health Service/Private Share

UK

Defined as the percentage of time dentists devote to NHS/Health Service dentistry (compared to private). The classifications used in this enquiry are as follows:

  • <=25% “Mainly Private”
  • >25 and <75% “Mixed”
  • 75%+ “Mainly NHS/HS”

Ordinal Scale

UK

Scale for rank order (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.) by which data can be sorted but may not allow for relative degree of difference between them.

Parameter (Estimate)

UK

Descriptive measurements of a population. As results in the report are based on samples (of the population) they are termed estimates.

Primary Care Dentist

UK

A dentist who works in a primary care (i.e. “High Street” dentist) rather than secondary care (e.g. hospital) setting.

Principal Dentist

NI

A dental practitioner who is also an owner, director, or partner of a dental practice, holds a Dental Surgeon number, and also performs primary care dental services.

SC

A dental practitioner who is also an owner/director/partner of a dental practice(s), has an arrangement(s) with an NHS Board to provide general dental services.

Provider Only

E/W

A dentist that holds a contract with an NHS England Region/LHB but does not perform dentistry on this or any other contract (i.e. all dentistry provided under the contract is sub-contracted); these dentists are excluded from the analyses in this report.

Providing-Performer

E/W

A dentist that holds a contract with an NHS England Region/LHB and also performs NHS dentistry on this or another contract.

Sole-Trader

UK

A business arrangement in which a Providing-Performer/Principal is solely responsible for the expenses of the practice and may work with or without help from Associate dentists.

Weekly Working Hours

UK

Total number of hours per week spent performing primary care dentistry (includes both clinical and non-clinical work), as derived from responses to the Dental Working Patterns Survey.

 


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