Zoe

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I started working for Ravat & Ray Dental Care, Burnley in November 2012 as a qualified Dental Nurse. I had trained at a previous dental practice and did my Dental Nurse Qualification at Training 2000 qualifying in January 2011. I have been a nurse for about five and a half years now.

Working for Ravat & Ray has been both an enjoyable and challenging experience for me. The practice is located in a very deprived area of Burnley and it’s been a challenging experience to educate the people about the importance of Oral Health but has been worth it due to the fact that some people can’t read and write. It’s been worth it to see the positive changes in regards to their oral health. I’ve met a lot of new people from different backgrounds and it’s been an enjoyable experience both me and my patients.

I have had support from my work colleagues and also from the Oral Health Improvement Team as well as the staff in local nurseries who are completing the Smile4Life programme. The amount of support I have received has been tremendous. Ravat & Ray Dental Care provide training courses for their employees and I have had the opportunity to go on different training courses such as; the Oral Health Improvement and Application of Fluoride Course and finally a Level 2 NVQ in Nutrition and Health, to help improve my knowledge in order to help me in my job role.

At the same time I took on the exciting new role of Oral Health Champion for Smile4Life. This has also made me the first Oral Health Nurse in England to complete this role. The aim of this new role is to help train and work with the staff within local early years settings such as nurseries and primary schools to become Oral Health Champions and complete the 4 tooth campaign for Smile4Life. This has also enabled me to support two local nursery settings to help improve the oral health of the children and educate the local community on how to maintain good oral health.

Working for Ravat & Ray has also given me the chance to go into schools and teach children of all ages about good oral health, as well as giving them dietary advice. I have also been invited to local jobs fairs within schools, at the Burnley Football Club, and Fresher’s weeks within the Universities. This has then allowed me to meet and network with college tutors and a local women’s refuge both of whom have invited me to speak and give advice to their students and residents. I also enjoy working with my colleagues at the practice as we all get on really well which comes across good to our patients.

In June we were put forward and were shortlisted for “The UK Dental Awards”. We have again have been shortlisted for this years “UK Dentistry Awards”, a national award for “Best Team of the Year” Category and “Best Practice of the Year” Category along with myself being shortlist for “Most Outstanding Team Member of the Year”, which I am very proud of.

I am really passionate about my job and love giving patients back their smile as well as their confidence. I also love working within my oral health clinics trying to stop children as young as 3 and 4 from having caries and deep cavities. Working for Ravat & Ray has given me many opportunities to progress within my career, the organisation really does know how to appreciate their staff and always reward them for their hard work and dedication.