Ali celebrates DH&T award win

Alison Thompson was awarded her prize money and certificate yesterday (Thursday) at her practice, The Dental Barn in Upper Dicker in Hailsham, east Sussex.

Owner and hygienist Alison qualified in 1982 and founded The Dental Barn 18 months ago and now has a patient base of 500 local clients.

The Dental Hygiene & Therapy 2011 went to Alison for her oral health promotion and excellence in preventive dentistry.

As well as a certificate, Alison won £500 – generously donated by sponsors Oral-B.

Jane Kidson, Oral-B professional oral health country leader UK & Ireland, was at the practice to hand Alison her prize.

Dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy gums and fresh breath, she works closely with the dentist to provide high quality treatment.

Alison said: ‘When I heard that I had won the award, I was delighted. I feel sometimes we need to get back to patient-centered care and not get carried away with technology.

‘The hardest thing has been to decide what to spend my Oral B £500 prize money on. It has been suggested by the team that a lovely lunch would definitely be a good use of the money, so Prezzo here we come!

‘The remainder is going to be spent on training for all the team to improve our confidence in converting sales and asking for patient referrals. I would like to thank Oral B for their generous sponsorship.’

Big thanks to our sponsor

Thank you to our official sponsor, Oral-B. Without this support, the award would not be possible.


Now it’s your turn!

Dental Hygiene & Therapy magazine has launched its very own awards, with a ceremony, taking place on 14 December at the Vinopolis in London.

These awards are available for you to enter for a chance to win, a chance for glory, a chance to reward and recognise your team for their efforts, and a chance to stand out from your competitors in these challenging times. Standing out from the competition has never been more important in business. And, in the business of dental practice, this can be key to achieving targets.

Completing your entry for the DH&T Awards

• Read through the category headings and accompanying criteria. Once you have decided which category you wish to enter, register and download the entry forms you require

• Read the category criteria and questions carefully to make sure you prepare the correct information

• Read the entry terms and conditions before submitting your entry. By entering, it is assumed you have accepted the entry terms and conditions.

You may enter as many categories as you wish. Any queries, just call 01923 851777 and ask for Karen Sherwood or email [email protected] for any clarification. If you have any supporting material that cannot be emailed post to DH&T Awards, FMC, Hertford House, Farm Close, Shenley, Hertfordshire WD7 9AB. You must register your entry by 8 June and all entries must be received by 5pm on 14 September to qualify for judging. On receipt of your entry, we will check through your submission to ensure it qualifies for judging. Please don’t forget to include payment for the categories you have entered. We will contact you if we have any concerns.

Preparing your entry

When preparing your entry, review the award criteria and keep any specific requirements that the judges will be looking for in mind. The judges will be using this to assess each category so make sure you cover these in the submission(s) you prepare. One of the biggest failings when people enter awards is that they don’t always provide enough robust information. So, please include facts and figures wherever possible, always think carefully about this and choose the best evidence that promotes your strengths.

Supporting material

You can back up your nomination with supporting material. Make sure any such material directly supports your entry. This can include: photographs, DVDs, practice brochures, marketing material, testimonials, supporting research, with relevant sections clearly highlighted, press cuttings and so on.

10 reasons to enter awards
1. Benchmark your achievements against competitors

2. Cost-effective way to thank valued employees/team

3. Better staff and patients will be attracted to an award winner/shortlisted practice

4. Trophy or plaque to adorn the practice and highlight your success

5. Nominal entry fees

6. Nominees and winners receive terrific, free local media exposure

7. It is an excellent way to assess your own skills while completing your entry – spot weaknesses and work on them

8. Recognise and highlight the whole team for their efforts

9. Winning an award gives you a massive boost and lasts forever

10. Morale: Everyone connected with the practice will be lifted

Visit for more info – and good luck!

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