Empowering dental hygienists

1111Renowned dental hygienist Karen Walker is urging dental professionals to stand up and be counted, following the success of a series of courses run in conjunction with Dentsply Sirona.

The courses – running under the banner ‘Empower the hygienist’ – are designed to help hygienists make the most of their skill sets as part of a busy multidisciplinary dental practice.

Karen explained: ‘As a hygienist who has been qualified for 22 years, I’m dismayed that hygienists are often not valued as autonomous practitioners in their practices. This was further brought to my attention by my Dentsply Sirona rep Charlotte Sale, who continually has conversations with hygienists regarding the stresses and strains of working in general dental practice.

‘Charlotte and I have delivered many successful hands-on courses together over the last few years, centered around maximising hygienists’ and therapists’ already relevant skill sets.

‘With this in mind we decided to formulate a plan to “empower the hygienist” through a series of presentations offering simple realistic solutions with the aim of enhancing the qualities hygienists already possess to ultimately provide job satisfaction and support for their clinical achievements.’

The course has been a success, according to Karen – and is set to continue as a result.

‘The first course was absolutely amazing,’ she added. ‘The audience interaction was superb and the realistic solutions we put forward were snapped up, really powering us through the day. 

‘Everyone left feeling “empowered” and ready to be an indispensable asset to their dental practice… Charlotte and I cannot wait for the next course!’

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