The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) has announced the winners of its 2021 Annual Awards, the final set to be awarded prior to the Faculty’s transfer into the College of General Dentistry (CGDent).
The FGDP Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of dentists, dental team members and dental students, nominated by their peers and colleagues, in five categories:
Foundation Dentist Award
Pouya Zohrabpour 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 Pouya’s impressive clinical development, training initiatives for young dentists and overall positive, proactive and professional manner. He was commended for his holistic approach and attention to patient needs during his first CoCr denture case, creating a digital mock-up to predict how the incorporation of clasps may interfere with the patient’s smile line. His audit on fallow times facilitated more clinical time for his practice, and he transformed the practice website with a virtual walk-through video. As well as his FD work, he successfully runs a dental training YouTube channel, recommended by several university lecturers, has created oral health videos for primary schools with the ‘MyDentalCare’ app, and co-authored a book.
Described as a proactive and caring dentist with outstanding organisational and communication skills, Asha Pandya Sharpe was Highly Commended for her impressive clinical ability, commitment to CPD and reflection, showing great insight into how to improve her practice.
Mariam Ghobrani was Commended for her excellent patient care and ability to communicate in a professional and caring manner, with glowing feedback from her patients.
Community Contribution Award
Frank Clough MJDF RCS (Eng) was the winner of the Community Contribution Award, which recognises General Dental Practitioners and Dental Care Professionals who have made a significant contribution to improving oral healthcare in their local community. Frank received the award for his outstanding contribution to dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his fundraising activities. During Lockdown, Frank set up a voluntary dental service online triage platform, offering patients seeking dental advice a virtual face-to-face consultation to decide how best to meet their needs. Initially leading the consultations with his practice colleagues, he recruited a 16-strong team of volunteer dentists to continue the service, undertaking over 800 consultations in total. Additionally, he has supported a range of dental charities and volunteered with the BDA, organising CPD events and study days for early career dentists in his local area. Frank is currently involved in developing an orthodontics digital platform for GDPs, aimed at providing clinical support and guidance.
Janet Goodwin Dental Care Professional Award
Dental nurse and accomplished and passionate tutor, Dr Debbie Reed, was the winner of the inaugural Janet Goodwin Award, which focusses on Dental Care Professionals who have advanced their role in order to educate, and improve oral healthcare. Debbie received the award in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to education. Debbie is Head of the Department for Digital and Lifelong Learning and the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent, where she developed and runs the Masters in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice pathway). Her enthusiasm inspires others to want to achieve their very best and she advocates for DCPs to have the same career opportunities and experiences as dentists. She has written and contributed to journal articles on topics such as mentoring, evidence-based practice in dental nursing and the professional image of dental nurses and in 2020 was awarded the BADN Outstanding Contribution to Dental Nursing Professional Practice Award.
Senior dental nurse, tutor and examiner, Diane Bell was Highly Commended for her continuous efforts to inspire and educate others, her volunteering roles, and comprehensive and exceptional work to improve the experience of patients and their families, with South West Cleft Team.
Continually striving to improve the oral healthcare of patients and the wider community, Anita Curley, lead senior dental nurse in a hospital Orthodontic Department has been Commended for her work in educating patients, parents and colleagues, and mentoring new members of the team.
Nik Pandya Student Award
The winner of the 2021 Nik Pandya Student Award is Sneha Chotaliya. The Award highlights the exceptional achievements and contributions of BDS students and was given to Sneha in recognition of her effective use of visual and verbal communication to successfully treat several patients with additional needs, her outstanding achievements in medical research and a variety of voluntary roles. Following a trip to India, Sneha realised many communities were unaware of basic dental hygiene and the effects of tobacco, due to an information barrier. To address this, she created a website to share information in audio and visual formats in several Asian languages. Sneha writes a research blog and has delivered talks based on her research, leading to her intercalating with a Master’s degree in medical research. She has won grants to present her research at five different conferences and recently won a national prize for the Best Oral Presentation at the UK National Intercalators INSPIRE Conference for healthcare students. Her extensive volunteering work includes mentoring students from underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds wishing to pursue a career in healthcare.
Amber Ahmed was Highly Commended for her support to other students and the dental community through volunteering and writing, as well as her excellent clinical and technical skills.
Tanaka Kadiyo, Shivani Sedani and Nikita Dzyuba were all Commended.
The Dean’s Award recognises people or organisations who share the Faculty’s commitment to promoting and improving oral health for all. The 2021 Award was given to Simon Hearnshaw MFGDP(UK) MCGDent for his remarkable achievements, including developing the In Practice Prevention programme in Yorkshire and the Humber, founding the National Community Water Fluoridation Network, which promotes water fluoridation throughout the UK, and his support for the Teeth Team charity.
FGDP(UK) Dean, Ian Mills, said: "Congratulations to all the winners of this year's FGDP(UK) Awards. Their remarkable achievements, many in the face of the disruption to study and practice caused by the coronavirus pandemic, deserve recognition and reflect the commitment, hard work and resilience of the dental profession, and their dedication to promoting oral healthcare."