Tackling stress in dentistry
Our research shows that 39 per cent of community dentists and almost half of GDPs reported high levels of stress. This is compared to an average of around 15 per cent for all British workers.
We want to find out what the causes of stress are so that we can find solutions to support dentists and to help foster positive working environments.
What is the BDA doing?
Promoting wellbeing and looking at the causes of stress and burnout are key strategic aims for the BDA, and we are currently investigating the underlying reasons for low levels of morale and job satisfaction.
As part of our annual submission to the organisation that makes recommendations to Government on dentists pay (DDRB), we submit our findings on the morale and motivation of dentists on the ground, and the impact this can have on patient care.
We are currently doing a programme of research to find out the causes of stress in dental working environments and to work on providing solutions to coping with stress and burnout.
We will be investigating the perceptions and attitudes towards mental health issues in the profession, the risk factors of stress and burnout, the current provision and support for dentists who are experiencing difficulties and what other strategies might be helpful in supporting our members.
What can you do?
Please help us by taking part in our survey, which aims to shed light on the factors, particularly the working conditions, that contribute to stress and burnout for dentists. The survey will be open until the end of this year (2017).
How can we support you?
Online tackling stress course
Our free online tackling stress course is aimed to help you identify the triggers of work-related stress, how you spot the signs and how you can overcome it.
Find local BDA groups
BDA branches and sections are a great way to meet with other dentists in your area, who can help support you both professionally and personally, get in touch with your local group to find out more.
The BDA Benevolent Fund is also available for dentists who are experiencing financial difficulties.
Samaritans provides confidential support to anyone experiencing difficulties or in distress: tel 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI) - these numbers are free to call
Dentists in Northern Ireland can access local helplines: Lifeline NI, tel: 0808 808 8000 or Samaritans Belfast, tel: 028 9066 4422 (local call charges apply)
ACAS: Stress at work (free advisory booklet)
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