Over half of dental nurses say mental wellbeing is worse now than during the Covid pandemic


  Posted by: Dental Design      1st November 2023

More than half of dental nurses in the UK (51%) who took part in a survey say their mental health is worse now than it was during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Dental Protection survey of over 1,300 dental professionals in the UK, of the 153 dental nurses who responded, almost half (49%) are also considering their future in the dental profession due to mental wellbeing concerns, and 40% are pessimistic about the future.

Dr Yvonne Shaw, Deputy Dental Director at Dental Protection said: “The pandemic created an exceptionally tough time for dentistry, and we know that many practices are still grappling with the aftermath. It is hugely concerning that so many dental professionals who endured the challenges of the pandemic feel that their mental wellbeing is worse off today.

“We all have a part to play in supporting the dental team and looking to restore optimism and purpose in the profession. Many practices offered wellbeing support to dental teams during the pandemic. Wherever possible, this should continue.

“I would also encourage members facing mental wellbeing concerns to make use of our 24/7 counselling service and other wellbeing support which is a benefit of membership with Dental Protection. The service is provided through a third-party partner and is completely confidential.”

Dental nurses who participated in the Dental Protection survey commented anonymously:

“I feel overwhelmed trying to meet patient and the clinician’s expectations with little support and time available.”

“The pressure on the dental teams over the last year has become massive! The slating from the media really puts a negative perspective on all we’re trying to do for patients!”

“I am planning to leave dental nursing this year.”

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.