All smiles for college dental team after awards success

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New College Lanarkshire has been recognised as a leading provider of dental nursing education after being crowned the Dental Trainer of the Year at the Scottish Dental Awards.

The College’s Dental Nursing provision was celebrated as the best in the Scottish dental industry at the glittering awards ceremony in the Glasgow Hilton on 27 April.

A pioneer of dental nurse education in Scotland, the College is a leading training provider to the future generation of highly skilled dental nurses. Overseen by Curriculum and Quality Leader, Kate Wilson, it runs courses from Level 5 to Degree level.

Since the upgrade of its facilities in 2015, the College has gone from strength to strength in providing sector leading training – including the introduction of a BSc Dental Nursing degree, continued enhancement of training facilities, and ongoing commitment to placement opportunities and partnerships. 

Not stopping there, the College’s Assistant Head of Faculty of Care and Science, Jennifer Lowe, was recognised individually in the Unsung Hero category for her ongoing commitment to enhancing dental nursing education nationally and internationally – beating five other industry heroes for the coveted title, shortlisted from a record amount of entries.

Jennifer has been responsible for introducing unique programmes of study to the Scottish Dental Nursing sector, as well as nurturing a generation of highly skilled, highly qualified dental nurses.

She said: “To be shortlisted was an honour, however, to be the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award feels unreal!  The messages of congratulations I have since received from my colleagues in education and the dental profession has been overwhelming. 

“It goes without saying this would not have been possible without my colleague Kate Wilson and the team whom I have been privileged to work with for over 20 years. 

“Whilst I am delighted to receive this award I am equally pleased for the Dental Trainer of the Year Award for the College, Kate, her team and the excellent partnerships we have with the extended dental profession.”

Clare Flynn, Head of the Faculty of Care and Science at New College Lanarkshire, said:

“The College’s commitment to ensuring its dental nurse learners are highly skilled and sought after within the profession is second to none, demonstrated in the curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching team. 

“I am absolutely delighted that Kate and her team have been recognised with the award of Dental Trainer of the Year, validating their exceptional commitment to learning and teaching.

“This year we introduced the Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Nursing in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland – the first of its kind in Scotland. It has raised the bar for all dental nurses, ensuring all have the opportunity to be educated to degree level.

“I am equally thrilled for Jennifer’s Unsung Hero Award. Jennifer has been with the College for over 20 years, pioneering dental nursing through innovation and curriculum design.  Her joy for learning and teaching and her commitment to each student is why the curriculum and its learners have flourished to the exceptional achievements we see today.  Jennifer’s passion and contribution to the dental profession is simply outstanding both nationally and internationally and I am delighted this has been recognised by the industry.”

The Scottish Dental Awards, which is in its sixth year, is the biggest of its kind in Scotland – recognising the best trainers, practices, innovators, employers and dentists from across Scotland.

New College Lanarkshire offers a range of courses in Dental Nursing. For more information, click here.

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