Dental Hygienist/Therapist of the Year Award

17th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards

Dental Hygienist/Therapist of the Year Award

Sponsored by: GlaxoSmithKline

The dentist and the dental hygienist/therapist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients, from ensuring patient screening procedures such as assessment of oral health conditions, review of the health history, oral cancer screening, head and neck inspection to oral hygiene advice and dental charting.

Dental hygienists & therapists need to work with a flexible team approach; to have good communication skills and to demonstrate a high level of manual dexterity in order to undertake complex oral treatments. For the first time in the 17 years of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards we are inviting dental hygienist/therapists to put their work forward for consideration in this category. 

Who can enter:

A dental hygienist/therapist from any dental practice, NHS or private, based within Northern Ireland is eligible to apply.

Judging Process:

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January/ early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel:

  • Michaela O’Neill - President of the British Society for Dental Hygiene & Therapy
  • Owen Thompson - Clinical Director, Waterside Dental Practice
  • Michelle McWilliams - Registered Dental Hygienist, FAETC.

Deadline for Entry:

The closing deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 9th December 2015 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph of the practice team, at least 500KB.

How to Enter:

To obtain an application form or for further information please contact: Bridget McCabe

Tel: 02890 775500 or email:

The Awards Presentation:

The three finalists will be announced in the Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, compliments of GlaxoSmithKline, to attend the black tie Awards ceremony at Belfast's Europa Hotel on Thursday 25th February 2016. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Application Form

Please e-mail completed application forms to:

Or if you require any further information please contact Events Manager Bridget McCabe on Tel: 02890 775500.


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The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists across the UK and beyond.

BSDHT maintain an on-going dialogue with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, and attends meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry, bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MP’s.

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