dentistry scotland awardsJohn Rowley has won several awards in the last 12 months. Here he talks about the experience.

Fact file

Name – Dr Josh Rowley

Practice – Bite Dentistry

Location – 30 Glen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6AS

Award won – ‘Best Smile Makeover’ Dentistry Scotland Awards 2020 and ‘Highly Commended Best Young Dentist’ The Dentistry Awards 2020

How does it feel to have won a Dentistry Scotland award?

It’s a true honour to receive the accolade from my respected peers. Acknowledging all the hard work I have put into my studies and improving my practical skills and techniques.

During my short career thus far, I feel I have achieved quite a bit. It gives me great pride that I am recognised for a high-quality standard of dentistry.

I have been lucky to be able to work in great practices that strive for excellence. Practices that have embraced the digital dental wave, allowing me the opportunity to excel with clinical freedom.

I feel this really shows in my work and how my patients are treated. Also, I owe credit to a number of mentors and associations along my career path.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank them also.

How did it feel when your name was announced?

I actually was not able to view the live stream awards ceremony announcement as I was actually working late nights treating my patients at the time.

The first I heard was actually from a message in a Whatsapp group of dental friends who congratulated me. I actually had to then ask what it was I had won.

Of course, I was very excited to have won the award for ‘Best Smile Makeover’ having always had aspirations to follow in the footsteps of previous winners of the award whom I looked up to as a student.

It was a tough competition this year so it honestly came as a shock and took a few hours to sink in.

What do you think have been the main benefits of entering the awards?

Exposure and recognition, both for the patient attending the practice and from dental piers.

It gives great confidence to your existing patients that they have an exceptional clinician in charge of their dental health.

Since winning the awards, I have seen a boost in new patient enquiries in addition to an increase in referrals from local dentists who recognise my niche skillset spanning between cosmetic restorative and orthodontic specialties, and wish to work with me on their own cases. This is the dentistry I really love to do.

It gives me great pleasure working with colleagues and refining my patient base to the work in enjoy carrying out. And I certainly owe it to the exposure gained from the Dentistry Scotland Awards.

Have you entered before?

Yes – I actually won the ‘Best Young Dentist’ 2019 in the Dentistry Scotland Awards last year.

The awards ceremony was a fantastic event and looking back I can’t wait to celebrate with my collogues in person again hopefully very soon.

This year I decided to solely submit my cases to let my work speak for itself. And I am very glad I did.

What do you think the Dentistry Scotland Awards are doing to standards within the profession?

Raising standards for sure… Each year awards applicants have to go above and beyond to stand out and prove their worth.

I’ve always thought to myself that if I was applying to dental school now, that I likely wouldn’t stand a chance in getting a place as the competition is just so high. The bar is much higher and I feel this is the same for the FMC awards.

There becomes a higher requirement every year to embrace new skills and technologies to showcase your work. I only hope I can continue to be at the forefront of dental technology so I too may pave the way for future award winners.

How are you coping with lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis?

At first… the uncertainty was quite scary.

I was worried about the financial situation being newly self-employed and also having recently qualified from my orthodontic training and received my specialist list status.

I worried that without practically treating patients I may deskill or perhaps lose touch with the hands-on side of orthodontics.

However, this wasn’t the case and in fact looking back on it now… it was quite a nice break. It allowed time to relax and develop ideas of how I would like to shape my career and the type of dentistry I would like to do. There was time to formulate protocols in practice to better the patient journey through their treatments and allow me to diversify into more lecturing and teaching which I enjoy every much

What advice would you give people who are thinking of entering the awards?

Don’t hesitate… back yourself and be confident in your work.

If you have a great team, if you have worked tirelessly to establish a new practice, if an outstanding colleague is deserving of recognition or if you had a case which just went well and looked fantastic. Submit the application and you won’t look back.

Will you be entering the awards again this year?

For sure… every day is a school day for me… Learning from cases and experiences that will ultimately set me apart and enhance my clinical abilities and I look forward to demonstrating my continuing progress in my application for next year.

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