Newly-qualified dental hygiene and therapy graduates are being called on to enter a new national award.

The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) and Henry Schein have teamed up to launch the Student of the Year award, which will recognise the personal achievements of a new graduate of either dental hygiene or both dental hygiene and therapy.

The award winner will have demonstrated exceptionally high standards throughout their studies and have gone ‘above and beyond’ in furthering the profile of the profession.

Exciting opportunity

Helen Minnery, president of the BSDHT, said: ‘This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for a newly qualified professional to receive the recognition that they deserve for many challenging years of study.

‘The winner of this award will have performed a broad range of clinical skills to an excellent standard and actively recognised where and how they can improve throughout their years of study.

‘Importantly, they will also have demonstrated a high standard of patient care, considering individual patient needs before, during and after the treatment while also creating a safe, clean and patient friendly environment.

‘The winning student will also present evidence of a positive attitude to their future in our profession with an ongoing and effective plan for continuing personal and professional development throughout their career.

‘Every year there are hundreds of amazing students who graduate into our fantastic profession and we are delighted to offer this opportunity to recognise those who are the future of BSDHT.’

Recognising effort

The BSDHT has previously sponsored a prize that each dental hygiene and therapy school in the UK could award to a student of their choice. Through the BSDHT’s collaboration with Henry Schein, to further enhance and recognise these efforts, one winner from each school will now be considered for the overall Student of the Year award.

The overall winner will be presented with their prize on the main stage at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference in Harrogate in November in front of peers and colleagues. The prize will include travel, accommodation, entrance into the BSDHT OHC and the ‘Student of the Year’ trophy.