…by entering this year’s Dentistry Scotland Awards.

As our diaries start to fill for 2019, make sure you enter the Dentistry Scotland Awards at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow on 1 November.

It’s time to start pulling together your entry for the Dentistry Scotland Awards and this year we have added some new categories, whilst keeping some of the favourites.

If you’ve often thought about entering the awards, but have never quite got around to doing so, this could be your year to enter.

The black-tie ceremony is also a great team night out, just before the Christmas period, for the whole practice to celebrate the previous year.

Winning an award can help take your practice to new levels by separating it from the competition, demonstrating the great care you provide and giving your team the recognition they deserve.

And if you don’t think you stand a chance of winning (read our awards winner interview on page 26), or you’re not sure where to start putting together an entry, get in touch.

The team is here to help!

Below are the categories that we will be judging on this year.

To give yourself the best chance of winning, simply submit up to 750 words and include the criteria for each of the categories you wish to enter.

Get your entries in by 20 September.

Best New Practice

Have you started a practice from scratch or completely re-invented a redundant building during the last three years? We wish to reward the best developers and creators who have made significant business progress in a short space of time.

Your practice must have opened after 1 January 2017.

  • Provide images/videos, including before and after if appropriate
  • Explain how the business has grown since it either opened or the changes were implemented
  • Include marketing literature
  • Discuss team training/development information
  • Give evidence of uniqueness in your practice and how you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • Tell us how you connect with the local community
  • Include relevant testimonials and photos.

Most Valuable Team Member

Do you have one team member who you would like to congratulate? That one employee that always goes above and beyond the regular duty of care for your patients. Open to all team members including dental nurses, hygienists, therapists and practice managers.

  • Demonstrate their hard work and drive
  • Tell the judges of anything outstanding they have done or been involved in
  • Show us how or why this person is special and any hurdles they have overcome
  • Provide evidence of their excellent patient care
  • Include relevant testimonials
  • Include supporting evidence and pictures.

Best Team

Is your team special and should they be singled out for praise? Give your staff the recognition they deserve for being the best at what they do.

  • Demonstrate a great team approach and focus to patient care
  • Discuss how your practice invests in team development and training
  • Show us how your team goes above and beyond the regular duty of care
  • Provide evidence of connection with the local community
  • Include relevant testimonials
  • Include evidence and pictures.                      

Best Treatment of Nervous Patients

Do you have a great team approach to treating nervous patients? Do you go above and beyond to help patients relax and feel more comfortable in your practice?

  • Demonstrate an excellent approach to treating nervous patients
  • Show how you are different in treating nervous patients
  • Provide evidence of patient satisfaction and relevant testimonials
  • Include relevant marketing material such as websites etc
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome.

Best Child Friendly Practice

Show us how you provide an innovative, excellent child health service. Do you have any evidence to show how you have improved child dental health in your practice?

  • Demonstrate your teams’ approach to child dental health
  • Show us how you are different when treating young patients
  • Provide evidence of patient satisfaction and relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome.
Best Team
Winner
The Orthodontic Clinic

Best Private Practice

If your patients are happy with the private service you offer, why not take the recognition for this? You don’t have to be 100% private and the practice can be new or well established.

  • Include marketing literature
  • Discuss team training and investment
  • Provide pictures/videos of your practice
  • Show evidence of uniqueness in your practice and show how you go above and beyond regular care
  • Provide evidence of patient satisfaction and relevant testimonials
  • Show us any unique features or design excellence that has been put in place to improve the patient’s experience and explain your objectives behind them
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome.

Best NHS Practice

If you’re running a successful NHS practice and your patients are happy with the service you offer, tell us about it. The practice can be new or well established.

  • Include marketing literature
  • Discuss team training/development information
  • Provide pictures/videos of your practice
  • Tell us how you are different to other NHS practices, what systems are in place to improve the patients’ experience and how you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • Provide evidence of patient satisfaction and relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome.

Best Charity or Community Project

Does your practice actively partake in charity or community projects? Show us how you support them and the difference you have made.

  • Describe your charitable project and its cause
  • Provide a statement about why you support your chosen cause
  • Describe the support you have provided
  • Include any media coverage, marketing or photos.

Best State-of-the-Art Practice

Are you embracing cutting-edge technology to improve your clinical outcomes? This category will recognise the practice using digital workflows to provide the highest levels of patient care, convenience and technical precision to its patients.

  • Explain what digital technology you have invested in and why
  • Show us how your practice has successfully incorporated a digital workflow
  • Demonstrate how it has improved the patient experience
  • Explain the impact of technology on your efficiency and profitability
  • Show us how you have incorporated new technology in your marketing
  • Include relevant supporting documentation and photos.

Best Young Dentist

We are looking to reward a student or newly qualified dentist under 35 (at time of application) who has shown significant achievement in their career to date or who continues to exhibit passion, drive and attainment.

  • Demonstrate your hard work and drive
  • Tell us about any achievements in your career to date
  • Explain any hurdles you have overcome
  • Tell us how you are different to other young dental professionals
  • Give evidence of how you go beyond the regular duty of care to improve your patients’ experience
  • Include relevant testimonials, marketing literature and photos.

Best Patient Care

How do you care for your patients? Do you get a lot of recommendations? Do you offer the highest standards of care and courtesy throughout a patient’s experience?

  • Demonstrate a great team approach to patient care
  • Show how you are different to a regular practice
  • Provide relevant marketing material
  • Discuss how you provide continuity and consistency of care to establish trusting relationships with patients
  • Provide evidence of patient satisfaction and relevant testimonials
  • Include examples of clinical excellence
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome.

Register now and submit your entry, please visit www.dentistryscotlandawards.com, call 01923 851779 or email awards@fmc.co.uk.