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The Dental Awards is free to enter until the 7th September 2018, where there will be a £45 fee to apply. This event is organised and hosted by Purple Media, the UK’s leading dental magazine publisher, and is unquestionably the premier awards programme for UK dentistry, attended by over 600 clinicians each year.    

Below is a list of the categories for the Dental Awards 2019. To enter any of these categories, please explain in no more than 500 words…

Best National Smile Month

Tell the judges all about your event!

  • The name and description of the event or initiative and its stated aims
  • The number of people involved and how they were encouraged to take part
  • The details of the measures used to gauge the success of the event
  • How the event performed against these measures
  • Size of team undertaking the event

In addition, the entry must include: Feedback from participants, copies of press coverage and/or PR, promotional literature and/or samples and images of the event.

Dentist of the Year

To qualify for this award you must have been a practising dentist for a minimum of 10 years and be 35 or older on 8th February 2019 and must show evidence of the following:

  • A commitment to the highest levels of patient care
  • Leadership and people-management skills
  • Dedication to self-training above and beyond that of statutory requirements
  • Show the highest levels of clinical care and technical expertise within their sphere of practice
  • A wider commitment to the dental profession (for example, association membership, involvement in mentoring/tutoring, dental committee participation)

In addition, the entry must include: Testimonials from patients and colleagues (maximum of five), a recent clinical case study and an image of the person.

Young Dentist of the Year

The entry requirements for this category are the same as for Dentist of the Year. The only difference being that only dentists who have been qualified for no more than 10 years and will be under 35 years old on 8th February 2019 may enter.

Dental Therapist of the Year

Why the entrant chose dental hygiene as a profession and how they make a difference to patients and the dental team:

  • How they motivate their patients to adopt better oral care routines
  • Dedication to self-training above and beyond that of statutory requirements
  • A wider commitment to the dental profession (for example, association membership, involvement in mentoring/tutoring, dental committee participation)
  • Any other relevant material to support the entry
  • Details of the main practice in which you work

In addition, the entry must include: An example of patient oral care routine and an image of the person.

Dental Hygienist of the Year

Why the entrant chose dental hygiene as a profession and how they make a difference to patients and the dental team:

  • How they motivate their patients to adopt better oral care routines
  • Dedication to self-training above and beyond that of statutory requirements
  • A wider commitment to the dental profession (for example, association membership, involvement in mentoring/tutoring, dental committee participation)
  • Any other relevant material to support the entry
  • Details of the main practice in which you work

In addition, the entry must include: An example of patient oral care routine and an image of the person.

Website and Digital Campaign of the Year

This award is presented to a dental practice that effectively uses its digital communication platforms to improve the patient experience and increase its communication to a wider community. The judges will be looking for:

  • The quality of website design and ease of use and navigation
  • How treatment options and pricing is displayed (are they clear and concise)
  • Examples of social media campaigns to the wider community
  • Improvement in patient registration since implementation
  • Examples of testimonials and any reviews
Dental Nurse of the Year

Why the entrant chose dental nursing as a profession and the difference they make to patients and the dental team:

  • Examples of how they balance empathy with patients with the demands of clinical care
  • Dedication to self-training above and beyond that of statutory requirements
  • A wider commitment to the dental profession (for example, association membership, involvement in mentoring/tutoring, dental committee participation)
  • Any other relevant material to support the entry

In addition, the entry must include: Explanation of a typical working day and an image of the person.

NEW CATEGORY – Best Outreach or Charity Initiative in the UK

This award recognises the special work that dental professionals and practices do to help others, whether it is one mega event or continuous work in the community.

  • What is your initiative – your chosen cause, fundraising event or volunteering scheme – and why did you choose this?
  • How have you made a difference to this project?
  • What events have you held, how have you raised awareness or what support have you provided?
  • What was the outcome?
  • Describe how this links with your dental practice and why it is important.
Dental Practice of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding British dental practice that excels in all areas. To win this award you need to demonstrate and provide examples of how your practice:

  • Delivers exceptional patient care
  • Provides effective training and team mentoring
  • Interacts with the wider community
  • Encourages the team to contribute to practice development and growth
  • Has positively responded to compliance
  • Does things differently from others, and why this sets you apart
  • Testimonials from patients and colleagues (max three each)
  • Images of practice team
Dental Practice Manager of the Year

How the entrant became involved in practice management, and how they have made a difference to the practice:

  • Examples of policies/procedures put in place to ensure the maximum benefit to the practice
  • Details of time management procedures, knowledge of personnel issues and (if applicable) accounting
  • Commitment to keeping up-to-date with relevant legislation and management trends
  • Any other relevant material to support the entry

In addition, the entry must include: Explanation of a typical working day, details of any relevant training undertaken and an image of the person.

Dental Practice Team of the Year

Why this team stands out:

  • Examples of how the team’s ethos improves the patient experience
  • Examples of team working and how this improves patient care
  • Any other relevant material to support the entry
  • Any press cuttings/testimonials about the team
  • An image of the team

If the entry focuses on a specific event or project where a team approach was necessary, give full details of what happened and how the team worked together for the benefits of patients and/or the wider community.

Dental Practice Design & Interior

The design brief and reasons for implementation:

  • Details of budget parameters and project costs
  • Any specific challenges posed by this project
  • Overview of the completed project, highlighting how regulations and compliance requirements have been integrated into the design
  • A selection of good pictures of the project
Dental Receptionist of the Year

Why the entrant is the ‘face’ of the practice:

  • How they deal with patients, either face-to-face or on the telephone/via e-mail
  • A summary of organisational skills, which, in turn, benefit the patients/practice
  • Any other responsibilities held in the practice set-up
  • Any other relevant material to support the entry
  • Explanation of a typical working day
  • Details of any relevant training undertaken
  • An image of the person

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