For any dentists looking to permanently move to the UK from overseas, or those who have already, finding the right job is an essential part of a successful experience. Though true for any clinician, navigating the additional challenges that can arise when relocating means that the team around you and the support available is even more important.
Though she moved to the UK in 2016, Dr Despoina Christidou realised in the following years just how crucial the team she worked within was for her job satisfaction.
Here she shares her story:
“I qualified from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and practised dentistry in the country for the next 31 years, including in my own private practice. However, when my personal circumstances changed and challenges arose with the organisation, I took this as an opportunity to try something completely different.
“I had been thinking about relocating for some time and Scotland was really appealing. I was interested in the history of the country and both the scenery and people made the move attractive. I moved to Scotland almost 9 years ago now and I have not been disappointed.
“At the time that I relocated, the greatest challenge was learning all the new regulations and requirements. I had not been aware of several rules until working in a UK dental practice so there was a steep learning curve in the first 6 months. During this and the next few years, I learnt exactly what it is that I value most in the places that I work. It’s not the instruments, the technologies or the look of practice that makes the biggest difference for me – though these are still important – it’s the team around me.”
In 2023, Despoina was looking for the next step to further her career in Scotland. This is when she turned to Clyde Munro.
“When I came across a vacancy at KF Dental in Edinburgh with Clyde Munro, I was instantly interested,” she continues. “My initial impression and further research suggested it would be a great place to work, so I took my chances and moved over – and I’m very happy that I did!
“The team has been brilliant. I really appreciate the way that the practice manager runs the practice and helps everyone who works there. There is always support available and motivation for all the team; I love that. I have also been checking the Training Academy courses as I am very keen to make the most of these, with different topics covered throughout the year.”
For any clinicians thinking about permanently moving to the UK, or those who have already done so and are considering their job options, Despoina emphasises the importance of the team once again:
“It’s essential to look for a good team in the practice and the wider organisation to support you, motivate you and help you accomplish everything that you want to. I have found this to be true across Clyde Munro so I would certainly recommend them to colleagues.
“I’d also like to express how good it is living in Scotland. You have the opportunity to do many things and explore everything the country has to offer around work!”
If you are new to the UK and looking to work as a dentist, Clyde Munro understands the intricacies that come with relocating from overseas. In practice, we provide the specific training necessary for working within dentistry in Scotland. We offer webinars to update your knowledge and ensure access to mentors who can assist with clinical cases. Not only do they provide one-to-one support and case discussions, but they also supervise your professional development to ensure you’re on the right track. In addition, relevant information and support is offered as clinicians become familiar with the SDR system in Scotland, which is very different to the working structure for dentists in other countries.
Outside the practice, Clyde Munro provides assistance with opening a Scottish bank account, finding appropriate accommodation and even sourcing hire cars to help clinicians get settled.
Whether you are new to the UK or searching for your next UK-based role, find out how Clyde Munro could help you enjoy the next chapter of your life.
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