Wide variation in pandemic impact on dental teams

THERE is wide variation in the way dental teams in Scotland are coping with the pressures of the pandemic, new research has shown.

Some staff reported feeling less exhausted over time, while others were said to have “deteriorated at a significant rate”.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) said that, on average, the wellbeing of dental practitioners and dental care professionals had deteriorated over the time period studied.

It said the project had also identified “significant concerns” around the sustainability of dental services and dental training programmes in the medium to longer term.

NES Dental Director David Felix said: “This important work builds upon earlier reports from the same investigation and lends further evidence to the need for the development of suitable and ongoing measures for supporting the mental wellbeing of dental practitioners and dental care professionals in Scotland.”

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