Leading the way for dental nurses

Bupa Dental Care continues to lead the way for dental nurses through its market-leading reward and performance proposition. 

Bupa Dental Care continues to lead the way for dental nurses through its market-leading reward and performance proposition. 

Dental nursing is an incredibly rewarding career that offers extensive pathways for progression. 

Bupa Dental Care has more than 2,700 dental nurses delivering care across the UK, ranging from apprentices to lead nurses. Bupa has invested over £12 million into a market-leading reward and performance proposition. This means that employees are supported to thrive professionally and personally.

Mark Allan, general manager of Bupa Dental Care

Mark Allan, general manager for Bupa Dental Care, said: ‘As a leading provider of dental expertise, we value and are extremely proud of our nursing community and recognise the integral role they play in providing high quality patient care. 

‘We want to empower nurses to feel they can take charge of their careers through on-the-job training and continuous learning. We want them to reach their full potential, so along with annual performance reviews and additional compensation for achieving qualifications and new skills, we also cover GDC registration fees and indemnity on their behalf.

‘It is our belief that being a leading employer of choice goes beyond competitive pay. Our complete package of benefits also prioritises employee health and wellbeing. From mental health support to remote GP consultations, physio services, and allowances for dental insurance and health assessments, we strive to support our people’s mental, physical and financial health.’

‘With a large, talented female workforce, we’ve recently enhanced our support for women’s health. This includes tailored plans for periods and menopause, along with free period products in our practices. Additionally, we recently appointed a head of dental nursing to ensure the voice of this clinical community is heard, valued, and reflected in our strategic direction. I believe this holistic, rounded approach to caring for our people sets us apart in our commitment to supporting our valued dental nurses in growing their careers at Bupa.’
Mark Allan
General manager, Bupa Dental Care

Nicola Bell, lead dental nurse at Bupa Dental Care Dundee

Someone who has thrived in their career and wants to inspire others is Nicola Bell. Nicola, 37, is a lead dental nurse at Bupa Dental Care Dundee.

Starting as a trainee dental nurse in 2019, Nicola is an example of Bupa Dental Care’s commitment to fostering talent from within and promoting career progression. 

With the support of her colleagues and mentors, Nicola has seized every opportunity to develop. She has now progressed to the role of lead nurse. 

‘I had my children relatively young and everything else went on hold. So when the opportunity came up six years ago to interview for a trainee dental nurse position at a Bupa Dental Care practice, I jumped at it. I was nervous about starting something new, but from day one, the team has been so welcoming, and my manager has always prioritised my progression.’
Nicola Bell
Lead dental nurse, Bupa Dental Care Dundee

Nicola added: ‘After qualifying, I completed a dental sedation course, and six years later, I am now a lead nurse. I love learning and I’m currently expanding my knowledge of dental implants. These require a different level of skill to support in surgery. I’ve always been encouraged to progress in whichever way I choose, and my pay has increased accordingly.

‘It’s not just a dream job because I love what I do. I also have amazing support for my own health – and my family. Knowing I have access to high-quality medical care puts my mind at ease. It makes me feel valued and looked after in every way.’

Mark concluded: ‘At Bupa, people are at the heart of the business, and we want our hardworking dental nurses to be healthy and happy in their roles. We want them to feel valued and know that we’re committed to investing in their wellbeing and career growth, so that they in turn can provide our valued patients with exceptional care to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives.’

To view current vacancies with Bupa Dental Care, please visit careers.bupadentalcare.co.uk/jobs/vacancy/find/results/.

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