Dental Therapist transforms career with support of Clyde Munro

In a remarkable testament to dedication, passion, and professional growth, Bronagh Wishart, 27, has successfully transitioned from a dental therapist to a fully qualified dentist, working within Fort William’s M&S Dental Care.

Wishart, already a respected and experienced dental professional, was driven by her desire to provide high quality dental care to the local community and a passion for ongoing professional development.

Having completed an intensive retraining program at Aberdeen University, Bronagh has now earned the title of Dentist, armed with an advanced skill set that includes diagnosis, treatment planning, and the execution of a wide range of dental procedures.

Bronagh credits the encouragement of her colleagues in M&S Dental Care and the wider Clyde Munro group for supporting her through the transition.

On the decision to retrain, Bronagh said: “I went back to university because it was the next logical step in my career development. I constantly want to be bettering myself and pushing the limits of what I think I can achieve.

“Although I already had a detailed understanding of the community’s dental needs through my previous role, the decision to retrain was a huge personal challenge.

“Luckily, I was heavily supported by my colleagues at M&S Dental Care and by Clyde Munro as a whole. They provide so many additional training opportunities, especially for newly qualified dentists like myself.”

Wishart has continued her personal development mission following her transition to dentistry, recently completing Clyde Munro’s Best Foot Forward training programme aimed at newly qualified dentists.

Bronagh said: “Taking part in Best Foot Forward has been so rewarding– in dentistry you must constantly be looking to improve your skillset and understanding of the industry.

“The course provided a really comprehensive overview of the industry, delving into developments in digital dentistry and AI, as well as looking at the staples like record keeping, workflow and working in general practices.

“I also found the programmes’ focus on the business side of working in a dental practice and how to manage self-employment, really interesting. It’s something that is new to me in this role and the advice and support given has been invaluable.”

The course, which is delivered in three in-person educational sessions, helps support those at the early stages of their dental career to successfully build their knowledge of the dental industry, and thrive within their practices.

It also provides the opportunity for newly qualified dentists from across Scotland to come together and form a strong support network as they navigate working as fully qualified dentists for the first time.

On her experience of the training programme, Bronagh said: “It offered a refresh on a lot of topics, and it was great to hear from Clinical Lecturer John Cameron, who taught me at Aberdeen University. He offered lots of priceless advice on how I can move forward and succeed as a dental associate.

“It was also great to connect with people at the same career stage. There was a real sense of community between all of us and we have continued to stay in touch and support each other through all the challenges we face in the first years of our career.”

Clyde Munro operates across Scotland providing routine and specialist dental services for NHS and private patients. The group appoints over 250 clinicians and 600 support staff and is committed to the recruitment and retention of talented dental professionals across the sector.

Clyde Munro makes significant appointment to leadership team in a bid to drive digital dentistry and clinical excellence

A leading Scottish dental group has made a significant senior management appointment as part of its wider strategy to invest in transformational digital dentistry and drive exceptional clinical standards.

Clyde Munro has appointed Callum Graham to Head of Clinical and Digital Dentistry within the group. The newly formed role has been created to further reinforce Clyde Munro’s commitment to digital dentistry, innovation, and technology – positioning it firmly as a leader within the sector.

Clyde Munro has revealed over the last three years, it has made a significant investment of £2.5million in dental scanners, digital learning and development tools as well as an additional £1 million investment in its purpose-built training academy, Advanced Dentistry and Clinical Skills Centre, in Perth.

Dr Graham has been part of Clyde Munro since 2016 when he sold his practice to the group in a move that allowed him to refocus on clinical hours, passing the management of the practice onto Clyde Munro.

His newly appointed role will allow him to continue working in clinical environments, while exploring and testing cutting-edge digital technology for the group.  

Callum Graham, Head of Clinical  and Digital  Dentistry, Clyde Munro said: “In the seven years I have been a part of Clyde Munro, I have seen the passion and commitment from across the teams to pursue digital dentistry, recognising the significant benefits it has for dentists and patients alike. We invest heavily in cutting-edge technology, digital scanners, on-site milling equipment but crucially, we invest heavily in training and development across the business to ensure our patients receive seamless, efficient care at every practice in Scotland.

“I’m really pleased to see this role being formed and delighted that I have been chosen to take the reins. Digital dentistry is going to revolutionise oral healthcare in Scotland, it’s more efficient, there is less room for human error and ultimately this will free up much needed capacity allowing us to provide more dentists appointments at a local level.”

Clyde Munro has set out an ambitious growth plan to reinforce its position as a digital dentistry trailblazer. Through its sector-leading training and development academy to its innovative outlook on the patient journey, Clyde Munro’s latest appointment is hoped to set a benchmark for dedicated digital dentistry resource and focus within the sector.

The dental group is committed to providing sector-leading care for NHS patients, as well as private patients. Currently the group provides services for over 600,000 patients, with the majority of patients being registered NHS patients.

Clyde Munro operates across Scotland providing routine and specialist dental services for NHS and private patients. The group employs over 250 clinicians and 600 support staff and is committed to the recruitment and retention of talented dental professionals across the sector.

Dental Group know the drill when it comes to nailing a performance

Dentists, nurses, hygienists and administrative staff were amongst the singers, musicians and performers who made a success of a lockdown concert for staff with Scotland’s fastest growing dental group.

More than 150 Clyde Munro employees and suppliers took part in an online two-hour gig to connect with colleagues across Scotland and have some fun in a concert billed as ‘The Lockdown’.

Bosses with Clyde Munro have been looking at creative ways to keep up the morale of their 500-strong team, made up of dentists, practice and support centre staff, who are either working from home or furloughed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The brains behind the operation was Clyde Munro founder, Jim Hall, who launched the business in 2015 with the acquisition of seven practices. He said: “The Lockdown concert was a great success and all of the acts were a big hit amongst their colleagues.

“Everyone was blown away by the talent of the performers, we couldn’t quite believe how many musically talented people we had hiding in our practices across the country.”

Entrepreneur Jim said the concert was conceived to bring the Clyde Munro team together in a virtual setting and to lift spirits while helping the team to enjoy an evening of music and singing with everyone participating via Zoom video call.

He added: “We wanted to help take minds off all the worrying stuff that is going on in the world even for a few hours – and judging by the positive feedback, we definitely achieved that.”

At the start of April, as the full extent of the lockdown started to sink in, Jim knew that keeping in touch with staff and maintaining a high morale would be essential to ensuring the business comes through the virus crisis in the best possible shape.

So he tasked his team to come up with fun events to keep staff connected, starting with an Easter Bonnet competition and culminating with the ambitious Lockdown concert on Friday 24 April. Participants even took part in meticulous rehearsals ahead of the big night.

Jim added: “The team really got into the spirit and many even dressed up as if they were going to a summer music festival which was great as it meant even those who were not performing, still got involved and contributing to the atmosphere. It was a fun night that people will remember for a long time.”

Clyde Munro comprises 40 practices across Scotland, with more than 200 dentists, 350 staff and 300,000 patients.

The group’s ambition is to become Scotland’s “local dentist”, operating an expanding network of family dentists across Scotland, with each devoted to providing the best dental care, while reflecting the needs and character of its community.