Bupa confirms pay rise for dental nurses

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The UK’s second largest dental provider, Bupa, has confirmed that it will increase salaries for dental nurses.

Bupa Dental Care made the announcement as part of an ongoing commitment to improve pay and benefits for employees. Since 2017, when Bupa acquired Oasis Dental Care, the firm has been working to encourage employees to take advantage of opportunities to progress and develop and to introduce higher wages and an improved employee benefits package. The move will impact more than 2,000 members of staff across the UK.

General manager of Bupa Dental Care in the UK, Gabriela Pueyo, said that it’s a really exciting time to be part of the Bupa dental team, as the firm has grand plans for the future, and the management team is working hard to create opportunities for existing employees, as well as new recruits. Dental nurses play a vital role in the provision and delivery of high standards of dental care, and the changes recognise their commitment, skill and dedication. Increased salaries are part of a wider vision, which focuses on career development, and Bupa is currently working on expanding apprenticeships and training courses to enable employees to continue climbing the career ladder.

Bupa currently employs more than 2,700 dental nurses, 2,000 dentists and over 5,000 reception and administration staff. Around 500 nurses are currently working for Bupa as part of an apprenticeship programme. Recently, Bupa has announced plans to create new apprenticeship courses for lab technicians and those keen to develop clinical leadership skills.

The pay rise will see all staff earning a minimum of £8.21 per hour, regardless of their age, and qualified nurses will earn £9.10 per hour.

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