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DCP Workforce

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The latest BDA Business Trends survey (2010) show the average number of Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) employed in a practice.


The results showed that practices in the UK employed had an average of 5.8 whole-time-equivalent (WTE) DCPs in their team. Practices in Scotland had the highest staffing levels across the UK, with an average of 7.4 WTE DCPs.


Practices with a higher proportion of their income from the NHS also employed more DCPs on average than predominantly private practices. 


Figure 1: Average number of WTE* DCPs in dental practices

Graph - Ave WTE DCPs
  * Based on a 35 hour week


Around one-third of practices across the UK do not employ a practice manager (34 per cent) and a similar number do not employ any hygienists or therapists (33 per cent), the majority of practices employ at least one dedicated receptionists (just 12 per cent did not).


On average, practices employed 2.4 WTE dentists, 1.2 WTE hygienists or therapists, 3.4 WTE dental nurses, 0.5 WTE practice managers, and 1.3 WTE receptionists. The difference between the average headcount, and the average number of WTE equivalent staff show in Figure 2 indicates that many members of the dental team work part time, particularly dental nurses and hygienists/therapists.


Figure 2: Average headcount and WTE number of staff in dental practices in the UK

Graph - Ave Headcount and WTE  * Based on a 35 hour week