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Dentists' Working Patterns, Motivation and Morale - 2018/19 and 2019/20Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 27 Aug 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- United Kingdom
- Geographical Granularity:
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2020
Wales – 2019/20
Please see table 4.5 for source data.
Figure 4.1 shows that Associate dentists respond more positively to most questions compared to Providing-Performers, meaning they have a higher ‘overall average’ score as shown in table 4.5. The biggest difference is found for question (F) ‘There are opportunities for me to progress in my career’, with over 40% of Associates reporting they ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ with the question compared to 23.5% of Providing-Performers.
Nearly a half of all dentists either ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ with question (D) ‘I have all the equipment and resources I need to do my job properly’ and (E) ‘My job gives me the chance to do challenging and interesting work’. In contrast, only a quarter of Associates and less than a fifth of Providing-Performers said they were happy with their pay (C).
Both plots exhibit negative skews towards the lower motivation bands, which is more pronounced for Providing-Performer dentists. The overall effect is a lower average ‘motivation index’ for these dentists when compared to Associates, mirroring results in the preceding section (i.e. table 4.5).
Figure 4.4a and 4.4b: Associate dentists, plot of average working pattern variables by motivation band, Wales, 2019/20
Note: Error bars for some variables have been omitted to aid interpretation (as they would overlap making the chart more difficult to read). The omitted error bars are the same length as those shown. Please see table 4.6 for source data.
Figure 4.3a illustrates a possible relationship for Providing-Performer dentists between the ‘motivation index’ and NHS share (%). However, the other variables appear to have weaker relationships with Providing-Performers’ motivation.
The results for Associates appear to be somewhat clearer, with negative relationships between NHS share and age and the ‘motivation index’ and a positive relationship between clinical share (%).
Figure 4.5 clearly shows that Associate dentists rate their morale more highly than Providing-Performer dentists with 26.4% reporting their morale as either ‘very high’ or ‘high’ compared to 17.3% of Providing-Performers. It is also noticeable that nearly two-thirds (66.0%) Providing-Performers rate their morale as ‘very low’ or ‘low’ (compared to 44.7% of Associates).