Award Categories

The Dentistry Scotland Awards exist to recognise progress, effort and enterprise in general practice dentistry. The individuals and team members shortlisted represent the rising standards in Scottish dentistry and the tremendous efforts to provide a higher calibre of patient experience.

Dentistry Scotland’s Rising Star [NEW FOR 2017]

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We are looking to reward a student or newly qualified dentist under 35 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 Charity or Community Project

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Does your practice actively partake in charity or community projects? Show us how your 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 and marketing

Best Digital Practice

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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 how your practice has successfully incorporated a digital workflow
  • Demonstrate how it improves the patient experience
  • Explain the impact of technology on your efficiency and profitability
  • Show how you have incorporated new technology in your marketing
  • Relevant supporting documentation.

Best New Practice

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Your practice must have opened after 1st January 2016.

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

  • Images/videos of the new practice, including before and after pictures if appropriate
  • Explain how the business has grown since it opened
  • Demonstrate a good team atmosphere
  • Examples of clinical excellence (e.g. before and after pics)
  • Marketing plans and literature
  • Team training/development information
  • Evidence of team leadership/happiness
  • Evidence of uniqueness in your practice
  • Evidence of how you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • How you connect with the local community
  • Patient testimonials
  • Must include image of the practice

Best Team

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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 atmosphere & approach to patient care
  • How does your practice invest in team development and training?
  • How you are different to the competition?
  • Show where your team goes above and beyond the regular duty of care
  • Provide evidence of connection with the local community
  • Provide testimonials
  • Any other supporting evidence
  • Must include image of the team

Most Invaluable Team Member

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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.

  • Demonstrate hard work and drive
  • Tell the judges of anything outstanding you have done or been involved in
  • Explain any hurdles you have overcome
  • Provide evidence of excellent patient care
  • Show how or why you are different to others
  • Show where you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • Any evidence of connection with the local community
  • Relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence
  • Must include image of the team member

Best Patient Care

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Simply send up to 750 words explaining why your patient care is the best through the following:

  • Demonstrate a great team approach to patient care
  • Show how you are different to a regular practice
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome
  • Clinical photography should be an essential in your submission
  • Must include an image of the practice

Best Treatment of Nervous Patients

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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 a great team approach to patient care
  • Show how you are different to a regular practice
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome
  • Clinical photography should be an essential in your submission
  • Must include image of the practice 

Best Child Friendly Practice

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To give yourself the best chance to be recognised, simply send up to 750 words explaining why your child friendly practice is the best through the following:

  • Demonstrate a great team approach to child dental health
  • Show how you are different to a regular practice
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome

Best Private Practice

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Simply send up to 750 words explaining why your mainly private practice is a contender for an award including the following:

  • Examples of clinical excellence (e.g. before and after pics)
  • Marketing plans and literature
  • Team training/development information
  • Pictures/videos of your practice
  • Evidence of team leadership/happiness
  • Evidence of uniqueness in your practice
  • Evidence of how you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • Patient testimonials
  • Any other supporting evidence and pictures
  • Entries must include an image of the practice

Best NHS Practice

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Simply send up to 750 words explaining why your mainly NHS practice is the best including the following;

  • Examples of clinical excellence (e.g. before and after pictures)
  • Marketing plans and literature
  • Team training/development information
  • Pictures/videos of your practice
  • Evidence of team leadership/happiness
  • Evidence of uniqueness in your practice
  • Evidence of how you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • Patient testimonials
  • Any other supporting evidence
  • Entry must include an image of the practice

Most Improved Practice

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Simply send up to 750 words explaining the progress your practice has made in the last 12 months including the following:

  • Before and after pictures (if appropriate)
  • Explain how business has grown
  • Examples of clinical excellence
  • Demonstrate good team atmosphere, training and development
  • Marketing plans and literature
  • Evidence of your uniqueness
  • Evidence of how you go beyond the regular duty of care
  • Patient testimonials
  • Supporting documentation
  • Entry must include an image of the practice

Best Employer

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Does your practice have a great employer? Perhaps your employer goes out of their way to provide a happy and safe working environment and invests in their team. Submit up to 750 words including the following:

  • Demonstrate a great team atmosphere
  • Give evidence of team investment/training
  • Show your kindness/consideration as an employer
  • Demonstrate the effect your efforts have on your team
  • Show where you go beyond the regular duty of care for your staff
  • Relevant testimonials
  • Supporting evidence and pictures are welcome
  • Entry must include image of employer