The second annual Dental Hygiene & Therapy awards took place on 24 January and were even bigger and better than last year.
The Barbican in central London played host to the 2014 awards, which attracted entries from across the UK. The evening of celebrations began with a champagne reception in the venue’s stunning conservatory – a hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city. A delicious three-course meal followed in the Garden Room.
The atmosphere was spectacular, with attendees cheering their peers and sharing in the success. The amount of respect in the room was truly tangible.
To close the ceremony, an award for outstanding contribution to dental hygiene and therapy went to expanded duties hygienist and trained nutritionist with over thirty years experience, Juliette Reeves.
Presenting the award to Juliette, Ken Finlayson, CEO of FMC told guests: ‘She qualified from Birmingham Dental Hospital in 1981 and writes regularly for the international dental press as well as being an editorial advisor to a number of dental journals including Irish Dentistry and DH&T. Amongst a plethora of activities and roles, she is a specialist advisor to the British Dental Health Foundation, senior UK tutor to the Swiss Dental Academy, clinical director of Perio-Nutrition, media spokesperson for a number of multi-national corporations and has written and lectured internationally on the systemic associations between nutrition and oral health with published work in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Poland, India and Iraq, in addition to the US and Asia Pacific and regularly presents post graduate workshops and seminars around the country. She is a terrifically passionate and influential hygienist who has been educating and inspiring her fellow dental professionals for many years.’
As Juliette walked to receive her award the entire room was upstanding, it was a fantastic moment for the profession.
A big thank you goes to the judging panel and the sponsors, without whom the event could not have taken place.
Watch this space for details of the 2015 Dental Hygiene & Therapy awards.
Best Marketing and Social Media
543 Dental Centre
Best Young Hygienist (Under 30)
Leanne Barwick – Chelsea Dental Lounge – Winner
Gemma Langford – 10 Dental – Highly commended
Best Hygienist (Over 30)
Faye Donald – Castle Dental Practice – Winner
Gill Fenwick – Identity Dental Care – Highly commended
Best Young Therapist (Under 30)
Amy Workman – Dentistry on the Square – Winner
Best Therapist (Over 30)
Alice Milner – Ivory Dental Practice – Winner
Best Dental Innovation
Mouth Cancer Foundation – Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme – Winner
Nicola Shaw – Ancells Farm Dental – Personal project for Heart your Smile’s Innovation 360 – Winner
Best Child Dental Health Initiative
543 Dental Centre – Winner
Best Treatment of Nervous patients
Pat Popat – Winner
Best Preventive Practice
543 Dental Care – Winner
Outstanding Contribution to Dental Hygiene and Therapy
Juliette Reeves – Winner