SCOTLAND’S leading dental group has formed a dedicated in-house recruitment team to help support the rapidly growing business.
Jo Hood and Karen Diamond join Clyde Munro Dental Group bringing a combined 35 years’ experience in specialist recruitment and an in-depth knowledge in the healthcare sector.
With more than 500,000 patients, the newly-formed specialised recruitment department aims to boost Clyde Munro’s efforts in bringing more dentists into its Scottish practices.
The duo will look to build networks throughout the UK into Europe and beyond to source dentists. Having direct experience of recruiting medical professionals both domestically and internationally, they understand the level of support required for anyone looking to relocate and will be on hand to make the journey as smooth and hassle free as possible.
Jo, who previously worked alongside Karen at Edinburgh-based medical recruitment business, Head Medical, said: “Initially, recruitment played only a small part within Clyde Munro’s overarching human resources department as it had been relatively straightforward for individual practices to source their own talent.
“The landscape has radically changed – and the establishment of the Scottish dental sector’s first dedicated in-house recruitment team shows the group’s commitment to ensuring its patients receive quality care – and that more people can receive treatment both via the NHS and privately.
“Clyde Munro has now made recruitment a key business focus. Supporting the group’s growth through finding exceptional talent to join us when there is a shortage of dental candidates is a challenge.
“But it’s one that Karen and I are looking forward to facing head on, particularly as we know how important it is to have a higher head count so that current dentists have that much needed support.”
The pair’s plan is focused on providing new recruits with as much information as possible on what Clyde Munro is doing to set itself apart from the market. This includes significant digital investment, growth and sector leading sustainability credentials.
Clyde Munro also offers extensive career growth and progression, a dedicated training centre and subsidised training opportunities.
Karen said: “The role goes beyond just recruitment. Many people will have to relocate their families for a new role in the dental industry in Scotland while some will need help setting up bank accounts or help searching for new homes and schools. We also understand the cost this can have for candidates and so we want to support them through every aspect.
“We also want to sell Scotland to candidates who may be coming in from overseas. Jo prefers vibrant city life while I personally prefer a quieter and more rural way of living, which means we provide the perfect mix of knowledge when it comes to showcasing Scotland as the perfect destination.”
The experienced pair also acknowledge the importance of timing as some of Clyde Munro’s dental practices have more immediate needs and with more practices planned to join the group in the coming.
It is committed to raising the standards of care in rural communities. In total more than a third of its practices are outside of Scotland’s seven cities and it operates practices from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway to Orkney.