Congratulations to Faculty member Dr Jason Wong, who received an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours List for services to NHS dentistry and oral health.
As well as working in a large, Grantham-based mixed practice, Jason is Chair of the Local Dental Professional Network, which is thriving under his leadership, and is long-standing Secretary of Lincolnshire Local Dental Committee. He has been recognised for playing a pivotal role in promoting oral health, particularly in the under-fives, which resulted in an impressive 27% reduction in tooth decay in this age group from 2012 to 2017 in his local area of Leicester, three times that of the national average.
Commenting on his award, Jason said: “It was a really lovely surprise. Although the award is personal I very much see this as a recognition of the work of the Dental family. I am so grateful for the support of colleagues including from the Faculty which has been an important part of my working life.”
In 2018, the Faculty’s 25th anniversary year, Jason received the FGDP(UK) Community Contribution Award for championing oral health via local boards and committees, developing the skills and competencies of local dentists and promoting oral health within his community through an active profile on social media.
The judging panel noted that “Jason has and does work tirelessly for the dental profession; we were very impressed with his work and he is very deserving of this prize.”
FGDP(UK) National Faculty Board Regional Representative for Trent, Jonathan Farmer, nominated Jason for the Faculty’s Community Contribution Award in 2018. Speaking about Jason’s MBE, Jonathan commented: “It is excellent news to see the work that Jason has done being recognised by this prestigious honour. Hopefully this shows that oral health is being recognised as being of central importance in people’s lives. I personally, along with FGDP, join in congratulating Jason on being honoured in this way; it is well deserved.”
Nominations for FGDP(UK)’s 2020 Community Contribution Award are open until 31 January 2020.