Technicians receive fellowships from College of General Dentistry

The College of General Dentistry has awarded fellowships to dental technicians and clinical dental technicians for their contributions to the profession.

On Thursday 15 June, the College of General Dentistry (CGDent) awarded fellowships to UK dental technicians (DTs) and clinical dental technicians (CDTs). This was in recognition of their contributions to the profession.

Amongst those awarded were Ashley Byrne, Andrea Johnson, Carl Fenwick, Steven Campbell, Tony Knight and John Wibberley. CGDent also posthumously recognised Larry Browne and Phil Tucker’s contributions to dental technology and clinical dental technology.

Fellowship level membership of the CGDent is the highest level of membership available. Those that achieve this membership have demonstrated a huge commitment and hard work to their professions.

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‘Great achievements’

Bill Sharpling, who has been a CGDent fellow since 2021, is associate dean (CPD) and director of the London Dental Education Centre at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, King’s College London. He was previously head of dental technology at Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

He said: ‘It’s a huge pleasure to see more DT and CDT colleagues join CGDent at fellowship level. It has been a privilege to be involved in acknowledging the contributions they have all made.

‘The faculty board has also had input to the process of recognising these great achievements that I then take to college council. I encourage all DTs and CDTs to apply for membership of the college at any level.

‘Very soon the Faculty of Clinical Dental Technology and Dental Technology will formally commence incorporating CGDent members into the faculty which will also have levels of membership that recognise the varying levels of experience, expertise and professional development of our professions.’

‘Huge congratulations’

Matt Everatt, editor-in-chief of Laboratory and director of S4S Dental Laboratory, said: ‘Seeing DTs and CDTs recognised by the college is such an honour and demonstrates its inclusive nature and the importance in celebrating achievements of some of DT’s and CDT’s greatest people.

‘On behalf of myself and the team of the Laboratory journal we want to say a huge congratulations and. more importantly, thank you for everything you have done for dental technology and  clinical dental technology over the years, and for everything you continue to do.

‘Each of you have done so much in raising the profiles of dental technicians and clinical dental technicians, setting a very high bar of professionalism.

‘You all continuously strive to push boundaries, share knowledge and contribute so much of your time to write articles, present lectures and are present at so many events and meetings.

‘Truly inspiring! Congratulations to you all on your fellowships. They are thoroughly deserved.’

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