The Dental Awards 2023
The winners, highly commended, and finalists of the 25th annual Dental Awards have been revealed. The presentation, which streamed on the-probe.co.uk, as well as on The Probe’s Youtube channel, is available to watch on-demand now. Click play below to see the winners of The Dental Awards 2023 react to their victories, as well as to discover who was named a finalist in each of the 12 hotly contested categories.
The Dental Awards is sponsored by B.A. International, Colosseum Dental, Dental Elite, LISTERINE PROFESSIONAL, and Waterpik, and is presented in association with the Oral Health Foundation, ADAM, BADN, BADT, and BSDHT.
Here is the full list of winners and finalists in each category of The Dental Awards 2023:
BEST OUTREACH OR CHARITY INITIATIVE
Winner: South West Foundation Dentists and Therapists, Health Education England Wincanton
South West Foundation Dentists and Therapists primarily work with vulnerable adults who do not visit a dentist and showed great data in their application. They have a holistic approach that addresses mental and overall whole-body health. The judges recognised the significance of the fact that the South West Foundation team maintains a line of communication with other health professionals, including GPs.
Highly Commended: Torrs Park Dental Practice, Ilfracombe
WEBSITE AND DIGITAL CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Abbey House Dental, Stoke on Trent
The presentation along with the testimonials reflect a dental practice that cares for its patients, and the overall success of their treatments.
NATIONAL SMILE MONTH AWARD – in association with the Oral Health Foundation
Winner: Oral Health Promotion Team (AKA The Tooth Fairies), Nottinghamshire
Their presentation detailed a National Smile Month campaign, designed and delivered specifically to educate and share the key messages and campaign to their audience. An impact was both intended and delivered with National Smile Month and oral health activity as the vehicle. This was Oral Health promotion at its best, reaching all population groups with oral health education. Working with families and professionals across Nottinghamshire. Resulting in reaching all ages with a huge impact across social media, displays and visits.
Highly Commended: Torrs Park Dental Practice, Ilfracombe
FRONT OF HOUSE/RECEPTIONIST AWARD
Winner: Erica Bryant, Chapel Dental, Flackwell Heath
Patient feedback highlighted how valued Erica’s interactions are. Her quest for more responsibility regarding compliance is to be lauded.
Highly Commended: Emma J Ward, Ocean Orthodontic Clinic, Edinburgh
Works to make the practice as welcoming as possible and takes on duties beyond the front of house.
Commended: Jannah Ajam, Vitaliteeth Dental Spa, Edinburgh
TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Church Street Dental Centre, Wincanton
A dedicated team working to improve patient care together. Examples of training across the team are strong, the social aspect is strong, and the patient and community care is outstanding. Great to see the shortlisting last year spurred them to improve further.
Highly Commended: Glenhaven Dental, Taff’s Well
- Abbey House Dental, Stoke on Trent
- EGO Dental, London
- Torrs Park Dental Practice, Ilfracombe
PRACTICE MANAGER OF THE YEAR – in association with ADAM
Winner: Janine Kidd, Middleton St George Dental Care, Darlington
Janine has shown that she has that sixth sense, also known as an extremely high level of emotional intelligence that helps her beyond the extensive duties of a practice manager, which she also does diligently and with pride in her role.
Highly Commended: Alex McWhirter, North Cardiff Dental, Cardiff
- Christy Rush, Affinity Dental Care, Gloucester
- Kelly Davies and Stacey Lungrin, Abbey House Dental, Stoke on Trent
DENTAL NURSE OF THE YEAR – in association with BADN
Winner: Athanasia Nancy Tsami, Vitaliteeth Dental Spa, Edinburgh
Athansia is a credit to her profession. Continuous development of her skills and knowledge and is also striving to ensure her patients care is the priority. Athansia demonstrates a nurturing, supportive attitude to all her team.
Highly Commended: Natalie Marucci, Clear Dentistry, Bishops Waltham
Highly Commended: Donna Dustan, Abbey House Dental, Stoke on Trent
- Emilia Forrester, Thurmaston Dental Practice, Leicester
- Tahnee Beavan, Parkway Clinic, Swansea
DENTAL HYGIENIST OF THE YEAR – in association with BSDHT and LISTERINE PROFESSIONAL
Winner: Christine Thomas, Parkway Clinic, Swansea
New regulations have been influenced by the Christine, resulting in a widespread effect on the entire profession. A lovely example of someone quietly getting on with the job without trumpeting themselves. Christine is inspired by others, uses visual aids to educate, and follows current guidelines. Far exceeded statutory requirements with her ongoing education.
Highly Commended: Poppy Irvine, Adel Dental Practice, Leeds
- Miss Kirsty Ives, Vitaliteeth Dental Spa, Edinburgh
- Sakina Syed, Bupa Dental Care – London Bank
- Sanae El Hasnaoui, Harley Street Dental Clinic, London
DENTAL THERAPIST OF THE YEAR – in association with BADT
Winner: Jyoti Sumel, Community Dental Services CIC, Sharnbrook
Works to her full DT scope with different patient groups and has pushed herself to become the first DT Fellow for NHSE, which is what a role model should be. Students and novice DTs should aspire to do this. She has learned sign language to aid communication, is a BADT member, and has done volunteering work. She has presented and been published.
She also includes special care patients in the oral health regime. It’s fantastic to see a dental therapist working in the non “glamourous” service and still pushing boundaries. A refreshing change! Jyoti is a credit to the profession.
Highly Commended: Lorena Pivoda, Greenwich Dental Health, London
- Amy Mesilio Peralta, The Dental Care Centre, Gibraltar
- Neringa Krusinskaite, Falkirk Dental Care, Falkirk
YOUNG DENTIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Dr Aly Virani, North Cardiff Dental, Cardiff
Highly commended in 2022, Aly wins Young Dentist of the Year for 2023. Committed to the dental profession, shows enthusiasm to develop himself and others in his team. Humble, small practice owner doing his thing and doing it well. Shows true passion for work.
Highly Commended: Dr Affan Saghir, Space Dental, Wakefield
Highly Commended: Dr Balraj Sohal, Ridgway Dental, Wimbledon Village and Hacton Dental Care, Essex
- Dr Kalpesh Prajapat, Abbey House Dental, Stafford
- Dr Kiran Shankla, Kendrick View Dental Practice, Reading
DENTIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Dr Amit Jilka, Abbey House Dental, Stoke on Trent
Amit demonstrates excellent leadership for growth, combined with mentoring in clinical excellence with clinicians and team members.
Highly Commended: Dr Martina Hodgson, The Dental Architect, Leeds
- Dr Neel Tank, Imogen Dental, Benson
- Dr Wajiha Basir, Trinity House Dental Care, Wilmslow
- Dr Rachel Derby, Chapel Dental, High Wycombe
PRACTICE OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Dental Architect, Leeds
Exceptional vision by practice principal, with systems delegated professionally to a highly trained team delivering excellent care and patient journey.
Highly Commended: Abbey House Dental, Stoke on Trent
A very well-run practice with good mentoring towards excellent clinical performance and teamwork.
Commended: Glenhaven Dental, Taff’s Well
- Falkirk Dental Care, Falkirk
- Imogen Dental, Benson