We have introduced a new career framework for dental nurses which, for the first time, links pay to skills, qualifications and progression.
Speaking of the changes Gabriela Pueyo, General Manager, Bupa Dental Care UK said: “Dental nurses are absolutely central to the success of our practices, and we want them to feel valued and well rewarded for their vital work. I’m really pleased to announce this new structure that offers our nurses clear career direction and professional development opportunities and rewards them accordingly.”
Recruitment, particularly for dental nursing roles, has been challenging during the past two years, as the dental sector contends with new immigration rules for EU citizens wanting to work in the UK post-Brexit and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Dental nursing is a really rewarding career and you get to work in an industry where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. Whatever your ambitions are, there are so many different directions you can take your career and working for Bupa provides you with a long- term commitment to your ongoing learning and development.”
Bupa Dental Care has almost 9,000 people across its 480+ practices – including over 3,000 dental nurses. Around 650 of these nurses are either on apprenticeships or training on the job. The change to date has benefited more than 1,000 colleagues who saw an uplift in their salaries at the end of 2021, with further increases to come on 1 April 2022.
Gabriela Pueyo continues: “This is not just about pay – from undertaking new qualifications to exploring other clinical and administrative roles within practices, or even exploring other businesses within Bupa, we’re providing our people with the tools they need to grow and develop their career here.”
As well as progression opportunities, Bupa dental nurses enjoy a range of other employment benefits including funded Continuing Professional Development, General Dental Council registration, and professional indemnity insurance. As part of the wider Bupa family, employees also enjoy access to a range of health and wellbeing benefits.