The Genix 2016 Annual Conference was a huge success with enthusiastic dental colleagues from up and down the country enjoying their time together as part of the Genix Healthcare family.
With around 250 attendees from the UK, US and Asia, delegates had the chance to hear from key speakers and later take part in team building activities. Visitors later changed into their finest for the evening ceremony to recognise and celebrate the hard work and commitment of outstanding members who have truly gone above and beyond their call of duty.
Esteemed guests attending the day included Baroness Nosheen Shaheen Mobarik CBE; Andrea Jenkins MP for Moreley and Outwood; Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke; and Professor George E Holmes, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Bolton.
The action-packed event took place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Saturday the 14th of May and opened with a warm welcome from Managing Director, Mustafa Mohammed. Mustafa praised his team for their dedication and continuing contribution to the success of Genix Healthcare, before handing over to Professor Stephen Dunne – Clinical Director at Genix Healthcare and Professor of Primary Dental Care and Advanced General Dental Practice? at King's College London.
Professor Dunne did an excellent job of introducing the outstanding speakers who shared their infinite knowledge and expertise with the audience. Key speakers included Krishan Joshi – CEO of Dental Focus, who spoke on the advantages of social media and how to go about achieving the most out of this vast platform of opportunity, in a presentation entitled: “Winning on social media, dos and don’ts”. Next up was Dr Subir Banerji – Private Practice (London), Programme Director MSc Aesthetic Dentistry at King's College London Dental Institute and Board Member Academy of Dental Excellence. Dr Banerji gave an inspiring talk to Genix Healthcare members on presenting yourself confidently in a speech called: “It’s not what you wear – it’s the way you wear it”.
Amit Patel BDS, MSc, MClinDent, FDS, RCSEd, MRD, RCSEng, Specialist in Periodontics and Implant Dentist, followed with a fascinating presentation on “Periodontitis – a clinically effective treatment approach”, which outlined the latest advances and understanding of periodontal treatment.
Following a quick coffee break, attendees had the opportunity to listen to Hassnain Hamid, Clinical Lead at Genix Healthcare, discussing “NHS claims – avoiding the pitfalls”. Then, Dr Banerji gave his second talk of the day on his personal experience of 25 years in private dental practice. Sandy Brown, Sales & Marketing Director of Denplan, concluded the talks with a brilliant discussion on “Supporting private growth via Denplan’s patient-centred plans”.
Delegates then enjoyed a buffet lunch and during the afternoon were split into teams to engage in a fun-packed array of team building activities. Leading dental suppliers and manufacturers who sponsored the event, including Wright Cottrell, Cougar, PerioChip, BlueFin, Ivoclar Vivadent, Cannon and John Winters & Co, were also on hand throughout the day to show delegates the latest innovations in dentistry.
The fabulous awards ceremony was held in the evening with reception drinks, a three-course meal, entertainment and, of course, the long awaited awards with dancing into the night.
The candidates for this year’s awards met exceptionally high standards and the judges had a difficult job deciding. However, with an experienced judging panel, led by Professor Dunne and joined by esteemed professionals from both within the Genix Healthcare group and outside, the following winners were announced:
Practice Manager of the Year, North – Kay Thomson, Edinburgh
Practice Manager of the Year, South – Danielle Stead, Market Weighton / Hull
Dental Nurse of the Year, North – Danni Kerry, Garforth
Dental Nurse of the Year, South – Lauren Curtis, Havant
Dentist of the Year, North – Rana Alsalem, Huddersfield
Dentist of the Year, South – Bart Goralczyk, Kiveton
Apprentice of the Year, North – Olivia Pawlett, Marske
Apprentice of the Year, South – Bipina Thapa, Coinsborough
Receptionist of the Year – Pauline Gowthorpe, Market Weighton
Practice of the Year – Edinburgh
Team of the Year – Whitley Bay
Sparkle – Dental Lab Technician of the Year – Edgars Martins
Sparkle – Team Member of the Year – Tracey Lawson
Head Office Team Member of the Year – Nick Turner, IT
Pictured above: Team of the Year – Whitley Bay
All that is left to say is many congratulations to all our winners! With some truly inspiring stories and demonstrations of outstanding commitment to the profession and to our patients, these awards proved why we are so proud of all those involved with Genix Healthcare!