[FROM THE PAPER] Student Awarded Bronze Award for Dentistry Success

By Isaan Khan - Deputy News Editor

A Wythenshawe dental technician has won a national award after impressing judges in a competition designed to assess efficiency and professionalism in the job.

Alan Lyons, who juggles a full time job at The University Hospital of South Manchester with studying clinical dental technician course at UCLan, was awarded a bronze award from the Association of Dental Groups.

It was awarded for writing an essay on how his role fits into the mix of skills needed to deliver an all-round good quality dental service. Alan has worked at UHSM’s Wythenshawe Hospital for the last 10 years and is furthering his career by studying at UCLan, whilst being sponsored by the NHS.

Talking about his award win the mature student said:

“I don’t often win things so I am delighted to receive recognition from a national body. It makes juggling work and studying worthwhile.”

Alan’s course at UCLan will prepare him for the qualifying examination in clinical dental technology.

Senior Clinical Teacher from the UCLan School of Dentistry Liam O’Brien commented:

“All of the dental teaching staff at UCLan offer Alan our congratulations for his achievement in winning this award. This is a great end to the first year of his studies; Alan has shown full commitment to the course and has demonstrated his progress both academically and clinically over the last year.”

Alan received his bronze award and a £250 cheque at a ceremony held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 18 March as part of the Association of Dental Groups’ annual Bursary Awards.

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