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Dental Working Hours - 2012/13 and 2013/14 Motivation Analysis: Experimental Statistics

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Date Range:
01 Apr 2012 to 31 Mar 2014


Dental Working Hours, 2012/13 and 2013/14 Motivation Analysis provides information on the motivation and morale of primary care dentists in England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland in 2013/14. 


This is the third release in the Dental Working Hours, 2012/13 & 2013/14 series of reports which publishes analyses of the Dental Working Patterns Survey for the same period. 


This is the first time that this report has been produced for the series, which investigates the relationship between dentists' motivation and morale and:

  • weekly hours
  • division of time between NHS/Health Service and private dentistry
  • division of time between clinical and non-clinical work
  • weeks of annual leave
  • age.



For 2013/14

  • Providing-Performer dentists in England & Wales were more motivated than Principals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The average of the 'strongly agree' and 'agree' responses to the motivation questions was 45.7 per cent for Providing-Performers in England & Wales, compared to 42.4 per cent for Principals in Scotland and 35.2 per cent in Northern Ireland.
  • Associate dentists in Scotland were the most motivated across UK, closely followed by those in England & Wales (for Performer Only dentists) and then Northern Ireland. The average motivation result for Associates in Scotland was 49.9 per cent, compared to 48.8 per cent in England & Wales (for Performer Only dentists) and 39.8 per cent in Northern Ireland.
  • Dental morale was generally lower than motivation in each country, with 27.2 per cent of Providing-Performer dentists in England & Wales recording their morale as 'very high' or 'high' compared to 22.4 per cent for Principals in Scotland and 14.4 per cent in Northern Ireland. Morale in Associates (or Performer Only dentists in England & Wales) was higher in each country when compared to Principals (or Providing-Performers in England & Wales).
  • Overall, there was little reported difference in motivation and morale between 2012/13 and 2013/14; detailed results for both years are included in Annex F.


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