Prepare to astonish… Applications OPEN for The Dental Awards 2021

The Probe is delighted to reveal that entries are now being accepted for the eagerly awaited Dental Awards 2021. 

The most highly esteemed dental awards ceremony out there, each of the various categories are judged by a panel of well-known industry experts with superior knowledge of their respective fields. Held alongside the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show at the NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel, the event is the highlight for practices wanting to express the abundance of skills and talents that exist in their teams. 

With an earlybird discount of £25 per entry*, The Dental Awards exclusively aims to recognise the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment to patient care and professional development are raising standards throughout the profession.

As well as boosting the morale of your dental team by entering, the evening marks the perfect opportunity for team building – previous years have seen new friendships emerge from the event, with ample opportunity available for networking and knowledge sharing.

Su Freear – 2020 Dental Receptionist of the Year

But don’t just take our word for it. Here is what some of the 2020 winners had to say:

“I was delighted to have been nominated for the award and over the moon to have won,” said Su Freear, winner of the award for Dental Receptionist of the Year. “It is a little bit surreal as I don’t work to receive accolades, but to be recognised for the job I love is really special. It is certainly a stand-out moment of my career.”

Maiara Ban won the award for Practice Manager of the Year in 2020, while her practice, ODL City Dental Clinic, London, was also a winner in the category of Dental Team of the Year – South, and named the National Winner, in addition to picking up the prize for Website & Digital Campaign of the Year. “Our team is so proud to have been recognised for our relentless hard work to ensure our patients have the best experience and receive the best care from our practice,” said Maiara. “I am extremely flattered to have been named Practice Manager of Year. I am so thankful to god for this great honour and I am so grateful to my principal, Alex Seijas, and to my whole team for their constant support. This award will further motivate me to work hard for my colleagues, our practice and our patients.”

David Bretton was named Young Dentist of the Year – North, and also took the National honour. He said: “What an honour to win these awards! It has been a very unusual year and a challenging few months for all of us in the dental world. This recognition came at a time for me when a little positivity was needed and although I couldn’t celebrate it with my friends and colleagues, I dedicate it to all the profession, who I feel have come together so well in these hard times. Winning these awards shows what is possible with goal setting, hard work and focus.”

Kayley McCauley celebrating her Dental Hygienist of the Year win

Although the 2020 Awards Ceremony was unable to take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that certainly didn’t stop Kayley McCauley, who won the award for Dental Hygienist of the Year, from celebrating in style! “I was absolutely delighted to win Dental Hygienist of the Year, as after 10 years in practice in a variety of hospital and general settings the last 3 years of my professional life have been dominated by setting up our Implant practice Dorset Dental Clinic as a squat practice,” she explained. “Taking it from a run down office space and converting the gorgeous Grade II listed building into what it is today, a 3 surgery practice with laboratory and the team has grown from 5 to 12. Managing to juggle this and working as a DHDT alongside having 2 babies and moving house 3 times, and keeping my sanity is my own personal triumph! Promoting the scope of the DHDT will continue to be my passion and connecting with the dental community near and far is truly inspiring.

“To celebrate we threw our own Dorset Dental Awards ceremony as our team and our receptionist were highly commended for awards, so it was an all out black tie event and a light hearted fun way to celebrate everything we have achieved as a team this year.”

Sublime food, glamorous cocktail reception and thrilling entertainment (not to mention dancing until the small hours!) are characteristic of this prestigious event that has proven time and time again to enhance the careers of dental professionals across the country.

This is always a wonderful evening, a great way to thank your team and celebrate all that is best in a profession that rarely gets the full credit it deserves.

All entries must be received by 29th January 2020. 

*Registration is £25 per category per entrant before 30th October 2020. A fee of £50 will apply for each category entered after this date. Final deadline for all entries is 29th January 2021.

For an entry brochure, please click here.

A huge thank you to The Dental Awards 2021 sponsors: Click to find out more!


An industry overview with Frank Taylor & Associates (S01 E05)

Chris Strevens and Andy Acton, directors at Frank Taylor & Associates, join us to discuss how business, and the industry as a whole, has changed since lockdown earlier this year, whether the dental sector will ever truly return to “normality”, and how recruitment in dentistry has been affected.

In addition, Chris and Andy talk about the history and evolution of Frank Taylor & Associates, a business they acquired 20 years ago, the role they play in the buying and selling of dental practices, and the various other components of the business, including FTA Financial & Wealth Management, FTA Law and FTA Recruitment.

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The Probe Dental Podcast is presented by The Dental Awards.

The Dental Awards is the original and most respected awards programme in British dentistry. 2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Dental Awards, and over the decades, this prestigious event has recognised the outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continue to raise standards throughout the profession.

The Dental Awards is attended by over 600 clinicians each year. Winning, or being a finalist, is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive publicity boost to the profile of your practice and your team. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dentist or Dental Team of the Year?

The Dental Awards are sponsored by B.A. International, Carestream Dental, Colgate, Coltene, Dental Elite, Geistlich Biomaterials, Simplyhealth Professionals, Sparkle Dental Labs, and Water Pik. The Probe and The British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show are official partners.

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