UK Best Young Dentist of the Year award

A postgraduate student at School of Dentistry was awarded UK Best Young Dentist at the 2011 Dentistry Awards in December.

Dannick Jethwa, practice principal of Spondon Dental Practice, Derbyshire, was declared Best Young Dentist for the Midlands region and went on to win the title, "UK Best Young Dentist" over seven other regional winners.

Since qualifying as a dentist at Leeds in 2002, Dannick has gone on to buy and run a dental practice. He has transformed Spondon Dental Practice since he took over the practice in 2008. He is also active in the dental community as he serves on the Derby City Local Dental Committee which represents general practitioners in the area.

The Dentistry Awards are held annually and there are four awards - Best Young Dentist, Best Team, Best Practice and Best Dental Care Professionals. The UK was split into eight regions and there is a winner in each region, as well as an overall UK winner in each category. The Best Young Dentist category was open to dentists under the age of 35, to be considered for the award dentists were to submit a statement outlining their achievements with supporting evidence. A select panel of judges shortlist the nominations and decide on the winners.

Dannick is thrilled and amazed to be the overall winner of the UK Young Dentist award, he said, "It was fantastic to be recognised for all my hard work and commitment!"

Not one to rest on his laurels, Dannick is currently studying the MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Restorative Dentistry) via distance learning at School of Dentistry.

In the coming year, he hopes to grow Spondon Dental Practice and complete his MSc. "The Msc is improving my understanding of research in dentistry and how fundamental it is to our everyday working practice and patient care."