Glasgow professor picks up Dentist Award

Prof Richard Welbury recognized with inaugural Dental Award

19 November, 2015 / infocus

Paediatric dentist Professor Richard Welbury picked up the first-ever Dentist Award in front of more than 500 guests at the annual Scottish Health Awards recently.

The event, which was held at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on 4 November, saw Professor Welbury presented with his award by Deputy Chief Dental Officer Tom Ferris.

Professor Welbury, who is based at Glasgow Dental Hospital, said: “I have had my picture behind me when I have lectured before, but this was an altogether grander and more prestigious occasion and, frankly, it was humbling to be viewed alongside all the other candidates on the night.

“I felt immense pride for all my colleagues in the paediatric dental team at Glasgow Dental Hospital and School and QEUH when I was chosen as winner of the first-ever Dental Award.

“We have worked closely together over the last 14 years to introduce significant changes in practices and techniques, including bringing new technology and introducing it to the west of Scotland.

“Our children now have the best available treatment in the world today.”

The awards featured 16 different categories celebrating everyone from support workers to volunteers. Professor Welbury said: “The stories on the night were inspiring.

“I did think that Nye Bevan would have been smiling and very proud that such excellence in patient-centred care was being demonstrated.”

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