The University of Portsmouth Dental Academy was delighted to have won the award for ‘Dental Practice of the Year’ in the city’s Best of Health Awards recently.
The winners were announced at the awards evening which took place on November 4 in the Guildhall. The event is run by evening newspaper 'The News' and included 12 categories, including awards for GPs, hospital doctors, pharmacists, and those working in mental health and community health.
Clinical Director of the Dental Academy Latha Davda said: ‘We didn’t expect to be walking away with this lovely award but to be holding it now feels perfect. All the staff and students are just fantastic to work with and create such a great working environment. It means a great deal for us to be collecting this award but it really is down to a team effort. The work we do is the way it is because of the teamwork that we have at the academy and we hope that never changes. The team deserves this award.’
The Dental Academy is a partnership between the University of Portsmouth, King’s College London Dental Institute and the National Health Service. It opened in 2010 and was known as the School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry before that. It offers team-based undergraduate teaching for dental care professionals and student dentists to train together, working side by side to mimic a high street practice.
Patients of the practice had left the following comments about the academy:
"The Dental Academy just continues to impress, from the tutors, permanent staff, receptionists and trainees, it is always most pleasant to meet so many people with a positive, considerate and caring attitude. Many, many thanks!"
"Very professional and confident, fantastic work, really pleased, thank you"
"Wonderful team today, made me feel really relaxed, put me at ease, great work done"
"Excellent service, attention to detail was superb"
"An excellent service, very professional"
"Excellent! Students are always courteous, enthusiastic and knowledgeable - well done!"
"First class service from very friendly staff"
"Thank you to everyone for being so kind and doing a fantastic job"
"Well done to all students, staff and admin, excellent in every way, thank you so much"
Below, students and staff with the award