The impact of COVID-19 on dental professionals published

The General Dental Council (GDC) has recently published The Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Professionals, which is the second of our reports within the wider research and engagement programme to understand the impact and implications of COVID-19 for dental regulation, patients, the public and dental professionals, and to inform our business planning as we continue to live and deal with COVID-19.

This report provides the findings from the research we commissioned Ecorys UK to undertake in September and October 2020, to explore the impact of COVID-19 on dental professionals and draw out implications for the future.

Key findings include the following.

  • The financial impact on dental practices and professionals has been severe. The continuing need for infection control measures will continue to constrain capacity and limit the pace of recovery.
  • Most dental professionals felt confident to do their job safely but there are concerns about the consistency and timing of guidance issued during the height of the pandemic.
  • Access to dental care has been severely affected and is likely to continue to be for some time. Dental professionals told us of their uncertainty about the demand for services and their ability to meet it.
  • Dental professionals expect some groups of patients to be affected more severely than others, including those particularly vulnerable to infection, older people and people unable to afford dental treatment.
  • Dental service design is quickly evolving in response to the pandemic, and dental professionals see a need for funding models and regulatory approaches to evolve in parallel.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the report or our wider programme of work on the impacts of COVID-19.