FGDP(UK) Annual Awards 2021

News Published: 
3 November 2020


Nominations are now open for the FGDP(UK) Annual Awards 2021

FGDP(UK) is excited to announce that nominations for its 2021 Annual Awards are now open. This year we are introducing a new award which recognises the achievements of Dental Care Professionals. This inaugural award will be in honour of the late Janet Goodwin FFGDP(UK)(Hon.), who was a staunch advocate for the advancement and recognition of DCPs within the wider profession.

The categories for the 2021 Annual Awards are Foundation/Vocational Dental Practitioner AwardCommunity Contribution Award, the Nik Pandya Award for the Dental Student of the Year and the Janet Goodwin DCP Award.

The Foundation Dentist Award is open to all GDC-registered dentists in a foundation or vocational training post and who are members of FGDP(UK), and recognises all-round performance in the skills required to become a competent, caring and reflective dentist.

Foundation Dentist of the year 2020, Manas Dave said:

"Winning the FGDP(UK) 2020 Dentist of the Year award was a very special moment for me and one that I would not have achieved without the support of my tutors in the Health Education North East deanery and my Educational Supervisor. The award acknowledged the process of transitioning from a dental student to a qualified dentist, overcoming challenges and finding innovative ways to solve clinical problems, delivering a high standard of care and above all, being a hard-working member of the dental team. Since the award, I entered academic speciality training in Manchester. I would strongly encourage both Foundation Dentists and Educational Supervisors to nominate themselves for the FGDP(UK) award".


Nominees for the Community Contribution Award need to be a GDC-registered dentist or DCP and a member of FGDP(UK). This category recognises those who have made a significant contribution to improving oral care in their local community.  

The Nik Pandya Dental Student Award is in recognition of the value and importance of dental students to the future of the profession. The award commends the achievements of an outstanding student studying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in the UK. Students can nominate themselves. The Janet Goodwin Award is open to all GDC-registered dental care professionals, and will recognise leadership by example, and advocacy for the whole-team approach to dental care. The winner of the Janet Goodwin Award will also receive Affiliate Membership of FGDP(UK), and its associated benefits, for 2021-22.

Commenting on the new Janet Goodwin Award, FGDP(UK) Dean Ian Mills said: 

“Janet was a ground-breaking and influential figure in dentistry, and her passing was mourned throughout the dental profession. She was a fantastic ambassador for our profession, a passionate advocate for the role of the dental team, and a strong supporter of the Faculty. I am therefore delighted that we have been able to commemorate her contribution to dentistry by introducing an FGDP(UK) Annual Award in her memory.”

FGDP(UK) awards raise the profile of primary dental care dentistry with finalists and winners enjoying increased visibility of their work and achievements. They are the perfect opportunity to honour and celebrate the fantastic work taking place across the profession. If you, or someone you know has been doing great work, you are encouraged to consider nominating your colleagues and peers. Details on eligibility criteria can be found in the nomination forms here:

Foundation Dentist / Vocational Dental Practitioner  Award

Community Contribution Award

Nik Pandya Award

Janet Goodwin Award

Nominations for the 2021 Annual Awards are open until 23:59 on Monday 1 March 2021, and will be judged by a panel of senior members of the Faculty.

FGDP(UK) Annual Awards are normally announced and presented at the Faculty’s Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony, and arrangements for 2021 will be confirmed in due course.


Please return all completed forms to: rhussein@fgdp.org.uk