The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced the winners of its 2019 Awards. The awards were made to general dental professionals, nominated by their dental peers and colleagues, in three categories:
Foundation Dentist Award
Simrath Singh Mangat won the Foundation Dentist Award, which is open to all GDC-registered dentists in a Foundation Training post, and focusses on all-round performance. Nominated by the South East London Deanery, he received the award for evidence of excellent clinical and soft skills, combined with support for broader interests. These included supporting young dentists with communication at interviews, digital and social marketing for his practice, and even leadership of teams at national dance competitions.
“Many say our profession is a difficult place for young dentists, but if it isn’t hard then what’s the point of doing it? I was truly grateful to be nominated for this award, and humbled that I was shortlisted, but to win in front of a highly esteemed audience is an indescribable feeling. I have a long way to go to be a complete clinician - but what a way to start the journey!"
Michael Brown and Joshua Jackson were both Highly Commended; Michael in recognition of his excellent communication skills, professionalism and eagerness to improve the quality of patient care, and Joshua for demonstrating an exemplary level of commitment and engagement during his tenure as a Foundation Dentist.
Community Contribution Award
Mohsan Ahmad was the winner of the Faculty’s 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 involvement in improving oral health and access to dental care for children, adults and marginalised groups in the Greater Manchester area since 2008.
"I am honoured to receive this award and gain recognition from my peers. I hope the award will encourage more engagement in community projects, which are a great practice builder and allow teams to understand their community more."
The Dean’s Award went to Nigel and Victoria Milne, GDPs from Dunoon, in recognition of their charitable work in northern Malawi. Since their first trip there in 2012, they have provided emergency dental treatment and raised funds for a community where resource is lacking - there are just 26 dental therapists for a population of four million. Their charity, Smileawi, also facilitates groups of self-funded UK volunteers to travel to Malawi and carry out free pain clinics, and supports local dental therapists through education and donations of materials and equipment. It was collected on their behalf by Jeremy Bagg, Head of Glasgow Dental School.
Victoria and Nigel said:
“We feel incredibly honoured to have received the Dean’s Award, and the fact that one of our colleagues nominated us to receive it means a great deal to us. Sadly we were unable to attend on the night however we were delighted that our friend Professor Jeremy Bagg was able to accept it on our behalf. I’ve been amazed by how positively our patients view the work we do and we hope that by raising awareness of the work of Smileawi we can encourage more volunteers and donations.”
The winners were announced during the FGDP(UK) Annual Dinner, held at The Mayfair Hotel in London on Friday 15th March. They were presented by the Faculty’s Vice-Deans, Onkar Dhanoya and Mark Richardson, and its Dean, Ian Mills, who said:
“Congratulations to all of our winners. Their outstanding achievements highlight the hard work and dedication of general dental practitioners to patient care, not only in their daily practice, but also in their communities and the wider world.”