Dentistry Scotland interviews Best Young Dentist 2020 award winner Alisdair Colquhoun on his experience as well as the benefits of entering the awards.
Name: Alisdair Colquhoun
Practice: Dentistry @ No 3, 3 Comely Park, Dunfermline, KY12 7HU
Location: Fife, Scotland
Award won: Best Young Dentist 2020 – Dentistry Scotland Awards 2020, Best Young Dentist 2020 Scotland and North Ireland, UK – Private Dentistry Awards 2020
How does it feel to have won a Dentistry Scotland award?
It’s a great privilege to have won these awards! I am so grateful for the recognition for my work, which is a real passion of mine.
How did it feel when your name was announced?
To be honest, I had just finished at the clinic for the day.
When I was driving home, I was listening to the awards ceremony. I had literally just tuned in when I heard ‘..and the nominations for The Best Young Dentist are..’. I was both surprised and overjoyed to hear my name being announced as the winner of this category.
This was very quickly followed by a call from my treatment co-ordinator Leigh screaming down the phone. It’s a moment I won’t forget!
Just typical that the year I managed to pick up two personal awards, due to the current circumstances, there was no proper ceremony to celebrate this with my hard working team.
What do you think have been the main benefits of entering the awards?
By entering the awards, being shortlisted and winning it has definitely helped put our practice on the map in the local area and further afield.
From a patient’s point of view, I truly believe seeing that we have won awards coupled together with our practice promises, it instills trust and confidence to our patients.
We are focused on delivering high quality dentistry in pain free, relaxing and comfortable way.
Have you entered before?
Our practice entered the Dentistry Scotland Awards for the first time last year in 2019. We were thrilled to receive the award Highly Commented Best Private Practice.
Even just to be shortlisted for a few categories was an achievement enough but to pick this award gave the practice a real confidence boost.
What do you think the Dentistry Scotland Awards are doing to standards within the profession?
I think awards such as the Dentistry Scotland Awards help to raise the bar of dentists and dental practices, all striving to provide excellent standards of dentistry, whilst promoting practice team work and commitment to their patients.
Hope are you coping with lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis?
I was fortunate enough during the first lockdown to have been kept busy. I was looking after my two little boys whilst my wife worked on the NHS frontline.
Once I returned to practice, I like everyone else embraced the new changes required and ensured that we could hit the ground running and get back to what we do best.
What advice would you give people who are thinking of entering the awards?
Go for it! What have you got to loose?
It’s great even just to be shortlisted for the recognition of your hard work and commitment to the field of dentistry. It has certainly given our practice a massive boost, allowing us to set further goals over the next few years.
Will you be entering the awards again this year?
For more information about the Dentistry Scotland Awards and to submit your entry, visit dentistry.co.uk/awards/dentistry-scotland-awards.