Dentistry has been widely recognised in this year’s Honours List. Six leaders of the profession have been awarded Honours in the 2018 New Year List.
These awards represent national recognition for years of service and dedication to patients and the profession and Healthcare Learning offer congratulations to all.
Professor Jeremy Bagg of Glasgow Dental School is awarded Officer of the British Empire (OBE), for his services to Dental Education.
John Bernard Roger Matthews, Trustee of the charity Heart Your Smile, and former chief dental officer of Denplan, is awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Dentistry.
Wendy Jane Smith, Community Engagement Strategic Lead, Peninsula School of Dentistry is also awarded MBE for her services Oral Healthcare and Dental Education in the South West.
Young Welsh dentist Yasmin Allen, Health Education England Clinical Fellow, is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Oral Health. Yasmin was also earlier this year awarded second place by the British Dental Editors and Writers Forum for her innovative work promoting the benefits of utilising digital technology and innovation within dental settings, using emergency dental care as an example.
Gillian Ward Milne, Senior Dental Nurse, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee is awarded the BEM, for her services to Maxillofacial Surgery Patients in Tayside.
Finally, Dr Chaim Olmer is also awarded the BEM, for his services to Holocaust Education. Dr Olmer was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1942 when he was 15, before being moved to Schleiben and then Theresienstadt, where he was liberated by the Russian army in May 1945. Despite speaking no English when liberated, he qualified as a dentist after arriving in Glasgow in 1945, and went on to serve in the British Army.