This annual risk management competition – the twelfth such event organised by Dental Protection and Schülke – has a total prize fund of £4,500 and accepts entries from projects which recognise the importance of patient safety.
Junaid Nayyar and Mervyn Huston – Panoramic Radiography: Could a Checklist Help the Audit Process?
Huong Ho and Myles Chen – Clinic Infection Control Practices of Final Year Dental Students
Maha Mezher – An Audit to Evaluate Record Keeping of Acute Patients Admitted to the OMFS Department
Douglas Lovelock – Revisions and updating of “Chapter 12 of Master Dentistry, Volume 2”
Alison Lowe – Are you Sitting Comfortably?
Keri Fish – Extending the Role of Dental Nurses in Orthodontic Practice – Auditing and Assuring Quality
All the entries this year were of a very high calibre and Andrew Collier, Senior Dento-Legal Consultant, who presented the awards took time to encourage dentists and DCPs from all regions of the UK to participate again next year.
Kevin Lewis, dental director of Dental Protection said: 'The entries for this year’s Awards were greater in number, quality and range that I can ever remember. These Awards recognise any kind of work done to raise awareness and/or improve the management of risks in dental practice, and this year’s winning entries from several different countries are a perfect demonstration of how accessible this awards programme has become.
'These were topical, relevant and practical issues approached in a range of different ways rather than heavy academic projects that many would be deterred from undertaking. But the quality of the work and the thought processes and their immediate application was there for all to see. Hopefully this year’s awards will motivate even more people to enter next year.'
The Awards were presented during the annual Premier Symposium, a risk management event created for all members of the team. This year saw more than 240 dental professionals attend the day. The organisers also wish to thank Denplan, Dental Update, GCUK, Healthcare Learning Smile-on, Henry Schein Minerva and Wesleyan Medical Services for their sponsorship of the symposium that helped to make the day possible.
If you would like to receive details of next year’s Awards you can register your interest by emailing [email protected]