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New report looks at motivation and morale of primary care dentists

27 August 2015: A new report that looks at the motivation and morale of primary care dentists in England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has been published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The Dental Working Hours 2012/13 & 2013/14 Motivation Analysis report is based on answers to a  series of motivation and morale questions added to the latest Dental Working Patterns (DWP)  survey2. This survey was sent to all dentists in the United Kingdom who conducted some NHS or Health Service work3 within 2012/13 and 2013/14.

The report focuses on factors such as weekly hours worked, division of time between clinical and non-clinical work and between NHS/Health Service and private work, weeks of annual leave and age, and considered how these affected motivation and morale. This is the first year this report has been produced and is part of the Dental Working Hours series.

The full report can be viewed at:


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. A copy of the survey can found within annex A of Dental Working Hours, 2012/13 & 2013/14 Initial Analysis:

3. Defined as work undertaken by dentists on behalf of the NHS in England, Wales and Scotland and the Health Service in Northern Ireland; this is distinct from private work.

4. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.

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