In July 2023, the number of dental nurses registered with the GDC continues to rise, with an increasing shift back toward the previous 2021 peak.
The NHS are set to increase the commissioned training of dental therapists and other clinicians but, at present, are not intending to increase the commissioned training of dental nurses by a corresponding number.
The 'crisis' within the dental workforce has the potential to be mitigated through comprehensive and strategic workforce planning.
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Reed, D. What can the GDC's monthly registrant reports offer strategic dental nurse workforce planning?. Br Dent J 235, 402–403 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-023-6277-8