Hygienist scoops Premier Award

This year’s Premier Symposium, the eleventh such event organised by Dental Protection and schülke, was the setting for the announcement of the winners of the Premier Awards 2011. This annual risk management competition has a total prize fund of £6,000 and accepts entries from projects which recognise the importance of patient safety.

This year’s competition received the largest number of entrants in its history. Congratulations go to the winners of this year’s DCP category:

DCP prize

1st prize

Jack Colclough, Dental Hygienist

‘A study into the personal protective equipment used by dentists in general dental practice’

2nd prize

Francesca Mignone, Dental Hygienist, Australia

‘Minimising risk and maintaining societal trust in the dental profession’

This year’s entries were all of a very high calibre and Andrew Collier, Senior Dento-legal Consultant, who presented the awards took time to encourage DCPs from all regions of the UK to participate again next year.

Kevin Lewis, dental director of Dental Protection said: ‘The entries for this year’s Awards have once again exceeded our expectations, with so many different projects being submitted by a wide variety of dental professionals throughout the english-speaking world. The Awards focus on raising the awareness and management of risks within the practice, and we are delighted that so many of this year’s entries were so relevant to many of the hot topics in dentistry.’

The Awards were presented during the annual Premier Symposium, a risk management event created for all members of the team. This year saw more than 300 dental professionals attend the day. The organisers also wish to thank Denplan, Henry Schein Minerva, Smile-on, The Dentist and Wesleyan for their sponsorship of the symposium that helped to make the day possible.

If you would like to receive details of next year’s Awards you can register your interest by emailing [email protected] 

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