FGDP(UK) announces winners of 25th anniversary prizes

News Published: 
5 October 2017

FGDP(UK) has announced the winners of three prizes celebrating the achievements of the general dental profession in the Faculty’s 25th anniversary year. Prizes will be awarded at the annual dinner which takes place on 13th October 2017 at Draper’s Hall in London.

Dr Mick Horton, Dean of the FGDP(UK), commented:

“This year the FGDP(UK) celebrates a quarter century in which we have built a secure home for general practice dentistry. It therefore felt fitting that as part of the celebration of this milestone, prizes were awarded to reflect the everyday commitment of General Dental Professionals to their practice and their patients. We were extremely impressed by the standard of all the entries and as a profession we should be very proud of all our winners. We hope that you will join us in celebration in London.”

Tickets for the dinner are available here.


Foundation Dentist of the Year – Claire Culverwell

Highly commended – Harry McKenzie

Claire was nominated by her foundation trainer Baber Khan due to her exceptional commitment to the field of dentistry. Having worked as a dental nurse, before qualifying as a hygienist and then a dentist, her experience within all aspects of patient care has given Claire excellent communication skills and the respect of both patients and the wider dental team.

Mr Khan observed in his application:

“I believe that Claire has shown the skills to be a caring, ethical, fantastic dentist moving forward. Her drive and enthusiasm has rubbed off on her colleagues and her patients. Her willingness to engage and improve through self-directed learning and reflection has been the perfect example of a successful foundation year.”


Community Dentist of the Year – Jason Wong

This prize recognises GDPs and DCPs who have made a significant contribution to improving oral care in their local community, and was awarded through a process of open nomination by peers within the profession.

Jason Wong receives the prize for his championing of oral health via local groups, boards and committees, and his commitment to developing the skills and competencies of local dentists. Jason also has an active profile on social media, which he uses to promote oral health outside of the dental surgery for the benefit of his community and the wider profession.

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.”


Dean’s Award (sponsored by Simplyhealth) – Dentaid

Dentaid has been selected to receive the Dean’s Award for their support of The Real Junk Tooth Project, a practice in Dewsbury offering ‘pay what you can afford’ dentistry. Open in the evening, the project aims to offer emergency dentistry to patients who have difficulty accessing NHS care and cannot afford to pay for private treatment.

Dr Mick Horton, Dean of the FGDP(UK), said, “This project deserves recognition for making a difference where it is needed. Some patients may be unable to attend a dental practice during standard surgery hours, and this project breaks down some of the barriers to help treat dental pain.”