The 2014 DH&T Awards were a huge success and we are delighted to announce the return of the awards. The 2015 event introduces a brand new venue, additional categories and more famous faces on the judging panel. Do you have what it takes to be this year’s Best Hygienist or Therapist of the Year?

The role of Dental Hygienists and Therapists continues to grow, your skill set has never been more key and your position within the dental team never more valued. The DH&T Awards exist to reward and recognise individuals within the profession.

Last years Ceremony video


The 2015 Categories

  • Best Young Hygienist or Therapist (under 30)

    If you are a dental hygienist or therapist, aged 30 or under on day of application, then why not enter this category? If you have worked hard and produced impressive results throughout your career then get the recognition you deserve! Please include a photo and 750-1,500 words on why you fit the bill.

  • Best Hygienist or Therapist (over 30)

    Tell us how you ensure your patients receive the ultimate in oral health care. Provide us with patient testimonials to support your entry. Please include a photo and 750-1,500 words.

  • Best Preventive Practice

    This category is designed to recognise the UK practice with the strongest, best established and well thought out preventive ethos. As a team, you will successfully communicate the oral health message to your patients, you will work together to raise oral health standards. You may send in as much supporting evidence as you like, as well as, your team’s personal opinions and patient testimonials. Please include a photo and 750-1,500 words.

  • Best Marketing/Social Media

    Effective marketing can mean the difference between success and failure. With many of you now using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, marketing can come easy – but it’s those who think outside the box that dream up the best campaigns! Please include proof of effective marketing.

  • Best Dental Innovation

    Have you been creative with oral health promotions and campaigns? Did you go out on a limb to raise awareness of National Smile Month or Mouth Cancer Month at the practice. Submit your entry today.

  • Best Treatment of Nervous Patients

    Do you provide special or dedicated treatment for nervous or phobic patients? Tell us how you excel in delivering care to this patient group.

  • Best Child Dental Health Initiative

    Ensuring easy access to quality oral care is a vital tool in ensuring the dental health of the nation. Do you have an innovative scheme for ensuring your young patients look forward to attending your practice and receive outstanding service, designed to meet their specific needs?

Judging the Awards

These prestigious awards feature an esteemed panel of experts. Chaired by Julie Bissett, the judges will study all entries and compile a short list and a winner for each category.

  • Julie Bissett - Chair

    Julie is publisher and managing editor of Dental Hygiene & Therapy which launched in November 2011. She has worked at FMC since January 2008.

  • Melonie Prebble

    Melonie Prebble A member of the dental industry for more than 20 years, Mel qualified as a dental hygienist and therapist in 1995 and a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach in 2013. She currently practices at Abbey Road Dental in North West London. Her experience has led her to focus on business development and private dental practice.

    Mel is Founder of Sound Performance Coaching Ltd, a national speaker in the field and a Key Opinion Leader for Ivoclar Vivadent and a regular contributor to dental journals. Mel sits on the Dentistry Awards and Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards Judging Panels and is past Chair of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy London Region.

  • Diane Rochford

    Diane has been working in Dentistry for over 20 years. First, as a Dental Nurse. Before qualifying as a Dental Hygienist from Guy’s Hospital, London in 1996. She was awarded the Hu-Friedy Scaling prize. Diane joined Dr. Linda Greenwall’s team in September, 1996.

    Diane has lectured on the Hygiene programme at World Aesthetic Congress (WAC) in 2006 & 2011, to the London Region British Dental Hygienist Association in 2007; Croatia in 2009. Diane has also written articles for Preventive Dentistry and Smile journal, and has recently joined the editorial boards for DH&T and Private Dentistry Journals. She is a Gold member of the British Dental Bleaching Society, current member of BSDHT and BPS. Diane is also a Clinical Coach for Jameson Management in the UK.

  • Margaret Ross

    Margaret is Senior Lecturer for Dental Care Professionals and Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) Oral Health Sciences degree at the University of Edinburgh, based within Edinburgh Dental Institute.

    She was instrumental in the development of the first four year Honours BSc degree in Oral Health Sciences in the UK, which commenced at the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She has lectured extensively both within the UK and beyond and published many peer reviewed papers in this field. She is Chair of the Specialist Advisory Board for Dental Care Professionals of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, an examiner for the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England, and a Past President of the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy.

  • Donna Schembri

    Donna is a Hygienist with over twenty years of experience in dentistry, qualifying in 1994 from the Royal Army Dental Corps School of Hygiene as a civilian student. Shortly after qualifying she moved to Hong Kong, where she worked at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a very perio orientated, private American specialist clinic.

    She was also a committee member of the Hong Kong Dental Hygienists Association. She holds a teaching qualification and has trained as a professional dental mentor, one of only a few DCPs to hold the Certificate in Mentoring in Dentistry from the FGDP. Donna is currently working with the Yorkshire Deanery to offer face to face, online and phone mentoring and coaching for both newly qualified Hygienists/Therapists and those dental professionals in need of support in both their professional and personal lives. Donna is also a DCP board member for the FGDP Yorkshire Division, a Key Opinion Leader on professional care for Ivoclar Vivadent, and lectures on hygiene and therapy related topics and personal development.

  • John Stanfield

    John is a Dental Hygienist with over 30 years of experience. As well as his clinical work John was the Editor of 'Team in Practice' a quarterly educational journal for the dental team. He is the vice chair of the DCP committee at the Faculty of General Dental Practice and until recently an assessor for the FGDP Keyskills for DCP's.

    He has lectured nationally at such events as the ADI congress and The Dentistry Show. In 2008 John gained an MSc from the University of Portsmouth in E-Learning Technology and has been developing e-learning courses for members of the dental team. John was a member of the steering group for NHS Evidence – Oral Health, a website that brings all the relevant scientific papers together and reviews them.

  • Ewa Rozwadowska

    Ewa is founder and joint principal of Confident Dental Care in Stroud, Glos. She is passionate about children’s dentistry and enjoys comprehensive aesthetic dentistry. Her practice was the first in the UK to achieve Investor in People, and has won Private Dentistry Practice Team of the Year and Preventive Practice of the Year for her Steps to Health hygienist programme.

    Ewa has been featured in Aesthetic Dentistry and regularly writes articles for dental magazines on teamwork and prevention. She holds a Certifi cate in Dental Practice Appraisal and is a Denplan Excel advisor. She is married and has 2 children.

  • Sally Goss

    Sally was President of the British Dental Heath Foundation until 2000 and was voted Hygienist of the Year 2000. She was Hygienist Mentor to Boots Dentalcare until 2005.

    She was instrumental in setting up Smile and has been an Editorial Board member of Dental Health, Team Journal, Preventive Dentistry and, currently, DH&T She is a KOP to a number of leading dental companies and is a regular contributor to hygienist journals. She has a regular slot on BBC radio advising listeners on dental problems. Sally is a Director of Practice Doctor Ltd giving training advice and coaching to dental practices. She is a practice valuations consultant and works in private practice in Harley Street, London.

  • Jacky Hart

    Jacky graduated as a dental therapist/hygienist from the Eastman Dental Hospital in 2001. She is a member of the BADT and the BSDHT. Since qualifying, Jacky has completed full training on tooth whitening.

  • Debbie Mcgovern

    Debbie has more than 15 years’ experience in dentistry, She runs Liverpool Implant & Aesthetic Dental Spa with husband Marius and voluntarily runs study days for dental therapists, hygienists and the dental team in the north west.

  • James Goolnik

    James is a dentist and founder of Bow Lane Dental group an award winning practice in London. He is past-president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. James sits on the board of the British Dental Bleaching Society and his training company “Smiles by James” has trained over 700 Dentists and Hygienists.

    His book 'Brush' about having an outstanding career in Dentistry, whilst having a life, is a bestseller on Amazon with all the profits going to Dentaid. He was voted the most influential person in Dentistry in the UK in 2011 & 2012.

Sponsoring the Awards

Venue and Date

The DH&T Award ceremony will take place at the stunning Barbican, Central London on the 24 January 2014. The drinks reception will begin at 6pm followed by a fabulous three-course meal and the awards ceremony itself.


Getting There


We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate

By Rail

The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. You can also reach us via City Thameslink at Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.

By Road

The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks on Beech Street and Silk Street.

By Foot

Explore the city by visiting us on foot – you can walk to the Barbican within 30 minutes from all over central London.

Map showing Vinopolis

Where to Stay

If you would like further information on accommodation in the area please call Olivia on 01923851735.

Last years winners

Best Hygienist or Therapist of the Year

Winner – Christina Chatfield, Dental Health Spa


Best Hygienist or Therapist of the Year

Highly commended – Flora Couper, Cherrybank Dental Spa

HC best HT

Outstanding Contribution to Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Sarah Murray

Outstanding contribution

Heart Your Smile Award

Highly commended – Gill Fenwick, Identity Dental Care

Gill, HC HYS

Best Dental Innovation

Winner – Ben Underwood, Brush DJ

Ben- BDI

Best Dental Innovation

Highly commended – Dominique Tillen, Brush Baby

Dominique-HC BDI

Best Marketing

Winner – Christina Chatfield, Dental Health Spa

Christina-Best marketing

Best Marketing

Highly commended – Ben Underwood, Brush DJ

Ben Underwood- HC BM

Best Preventive Practice

Winner – Fergus & Glover

Fergus - BPP

Best Young Hygienist or Therapist

Winner – Kirstie Thwaites, Homewood Dental Practice

Kirstie Thwaites - Best Y H

Best Young Hygienist or Therapist

Highly commended – Laura Brady, Hafren House Dental Practice

laura Brady- HC BY H