Faculty celebrates GDPs’ achievements and contributions

News Published: 
13 March 2020

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced the winners of its 2020 Awards, made to general dental professionals, nominated by their dental peers and colleagues, in four categories:


Foundation Dentist Award

Manas Dave won the Foundation Dentist Award, which is open to all GDC-registered dentists in a Foundation Training post, and focusses on all-round performance. The award recognises his consistently high levels of clinical performance, exceptional hard work, strong academic ability and dedication to his professional development through education and training. His practice-based audit and FD assignments have already helped him win the Faculty prize for best Foundation Dentist in the North East and Cumbria, and in nominating him for the national prize, HEE North East noted the impressive results of his professional and caring manner, including performing restorations on an autistic child who had initially refused to sit in the dental chair or undergo treatment, and overcoming consent issues to complete composite restorations under rubber dam for a profoundly deaf patient. His mastery of the ‘stamp technique’ on extracted teeth, and his provision of exemplary composite restorations were also highlighted. His impressive range of qualifications obtained as an FD includes Postgraduate Certificates in Pathology Informatics and Medical Education, MJDF, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and the NHS Leadership Academy Edward Jenner award.


Manas Dave receiving his Foundation Dentist of the Year award from FGDP(UK) Vice-Dean Abhi Pal (l) and Dean Ian Mills (r)


Described as an excellent example to new graduates, and with a natural ability to build rapport with patients, Nayan Patel was Highly Commended for his high standard of coursework and reflection, outstanding contributions to study day discussions, and his dedication to providing first class individualised care.


L-R: FGDP(UK) Vice-Dean, Abhi Pal; Nayan Patel, Highly Commended in the Foundation Dentist of the Year category;  FGDP(UK) Dean, Ian Mills


The award and commendation were presented by the Faculty’s Dean, Ian Mills, and Senior Vice-Dean, Abhi Pal, who spoke of the world-leading standard of UK dental training.


Community Contribution Award

Leonard Maguire was the winner of the Community Contribution Award, which recognises GDPs and DCPs who have made a significant contribution to improving oral care in their local community. The award was presented in recognition of his outreach work in schools and workplaces in Northern Ireland, his organisation of open mornings to provide children with a positive first experience of visiting a dentist, his commitment to domiciliary visits, and his development of information packs for parents and carers of patients with autism, and for local nursing homes. The judges also noted his career development assistance to dental students and his provision of work shadowing for prospective dental students from local schools.


Leonard Maguire receiving his FGDP(UK) Community Contribution Award from Janet Clarke MBE, Trustee of the College of General Dentistry (l), and FGDP(UK) Dean Ian Mills (r)


Tashfeen Kholasi, an Associate, special care teacher and primary care out of hours dentist in East London, was Highly Commended for her work connecting charities to dental volunteers, her own voluntary dental practice in Kenya and Nepal, and for setting up the annual #Dentistry24 Twitter campaign.


L-R: Janet Clarke MBE, Trustee of the College of General Dentistry; Tashfeen Kholasi, Highly Commended in the Community Contribution category; FGDP(UK) Dean, Ian Mills


The award and commendation were presented by FGDP(UK) Dean Ian Mills and Janet Clarke MBE, Trustee of the College of General Dentistry and former Deputy Chief Dental Officer for England.


Nik Pandya Dental Student of the Year Award

FGDP(UK) Student Member Yewande Oduwole, in her final year at Peninsula Dental School, was the winner of the inaugural Nik Pandya Dental Student of the Year Award, named after the late FGDP(UK) Board member and leading periodontist. She received the award, which highlights the exceptional achievements of BDS students, for her demonstrable passion for oral health and dentistry, including mentoring prospective dental students, setting up career development lectures, and online delivery of oral health advice. The award also requires a high level of clinical skills and knowledge, and exam success, and Yewande received an ‘excellent’ grade in competency in extractions after carrying out over 20 during a recent elective in Ghana.


(L-R): FGDP(UK) Vice-Dean, Roshni Karia; Neena Pandya; Yewande Oduwole, winner of the inaugural Nik Pandya Dental Student of the Year award; FGDP(UK) Dean, Ian Mills


Ridah Hassan (4th year, Sheffield), Trishala Lakhani (5th year, King’s), Asha Pandya-Sharpe (5th year, Bristol) and Zain Rizvi (5th year, King’s) were all Highly Commended.


L-R: FGDP(UK) Vice-Dean, Roshni Karia; Neena Pandya; Zain Rizvi; Asha Pandya-Sharpe; Trishala Lakhani; FGDP(UK) Dean, Ian Mills


The award and commendations were presented by Nik’s wife Neena, FGDP(UK) Dean Ian Mills, and the Faculty’s Junior Vice-Dean Roshni Karia, who paid tribute to Dr Pandya.


Dean’s Award

The Dean’s Award was given to Well Connected, a Plymouth-based charity which works to reduce oral health inequalities in the South West of England by setting up brushing clubs in schools and children’s centres in disadvantaged areas, and by providing workshops on oral health, diet and nutrition for the homeless, the elderly and other vulnerable groups. The charity evolved from Peninsula Dental School’s community engagement team, set up in 2008 to give dental students hands-on experience while helping local people access oral healthcare and advice. The award was presented to the organisation’s Strategic Lead, Wendy Smith MBE, and Chief Operating Officer, Mags Truman.


(L-R): Ian Mills presents the Dean’s Award to Wendy Smith MBE and Mags Truman of charity Well Connected


The winners were announced during the FGDP(UK) Annual Dinner, held at The Mayfair Hotel in London on Thursday 12th March. On behalf of the Faculty, its Dean, Ian Mills, said:

“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Their exemplary achievements illustrate the commitment and dedication of general dental practitioners to their patients and the communities they serve.”