The Dentistry Awards 2008

Could you be the Best Practice or the Best team in the UK or the South East or North West, well now is your chance to shout about it to your patients, your team and your competition!

The Dentistry Awards have been created to recognise outstanding individuals, teams and practices who have an active interest in continuing professional development and staying at the top of the profession. The biggest difference with these awards is that they are regional, so you have a chance to prove just how fabulous your practice is, not just against other practices all over the UK but your very own competition!

The Dentistry Awards recognise the achievements in Dentistry across all regions in the UK and there are three categories for each region Best practice, Best team and Best young dentist. The most impressive entries for each category and each region will automatically be entered to win the overall Dentistry UK best practice, best team or best young dentist award.

Best practice
We are looking for an extra special practice that can prove they are the best in their region. From small practices to large specialist surgeries each entry will be judged on its individual merits. Clinical excellence should be backed up with patient testimonials. Let us know how your practice has improved, how the team works together. Inform us about charity or community work your practice is involved with and what you are most proud of, and then let us help you put your practice’s name on the map!

Best team
This category has been created to find the best dental team in your region. Tell us how your team will go that extra mile for the patients and practice. Show us testimonials from satisfied patients and proof of how exceptional every single person in your team really is. Let us know how hard they work to help create your great team and exactly what it is that makes them so special and then let us help you tell everyone in your region all about it.

Best young dentist
This award is aimed at dentists of 35 years and under (on 12 December 2008) who have achieved a high standard of practice management seemingly beyond their experience or who have achieved notable things at this early stage of their career. We are looking for special young dentists who deserve recognition: this could be someone who may have continued to train since graduating and who achieved phenomenal results as a VDP. Young dentists involved in community projects or who have championed a scheme local to their practice. Someone whose achievements are down to hard work and determination or who has had to overcome extreme or adverse circumstances in order to create a successful practice.

NEW CATEGORY! The Outstanding Achievement Award
Unlike the Oscars or National TV Awards, our outstanding achievement award is not for longevity, but for performance during the calendar year – 2008. It will go to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution during the calendar year.

To enter please simply choose the category you wish to enter (or enter all 4 if you like!) and call Elisa on 01923 851734 to receive an entry form, or download one from The deadline to enter is 12 September but we are accepting entries from now. After that all entries are £50 per category.

Entry hints & tips
• Your entry should be accompanied by a personal statement of 500 words outlining why you feel you deserve to win the category.
• Think of your entry as a means of presenting you as well as your practice: bound booklets, laminated pictures and practice marketing material will all help the judges get a feel for your practice.
• Your entry can be backed up by letters of reference from your trainers (if relevant) and testimonials from patients.
• Patient testimonials can be backed up by before and after shots.
• We are also interested in non-dental achievements – any attributes that show character and not just in the practice are important in your entry.
• Creativity and originality help applications stand out
• Press cuttings are a great way to prove your work within your community.

Ensure you include high quality professional pictures of your practice – either hard-copy or on CD (if you would like to use Dentistry’s recommended photographer visit )

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