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Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists

Our Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists is open for nominations for young dentists who have made a significant contribution to the profession.

The Award is named in honour of Joy Harrild, an inspirational young dentist and BDA Young Dentist Committee member, whose life was tragically cut short by a car accident in 2016.

​Or you can download the nomination form and return it to us.


​About Joy Harrild



The Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists is named after young dentist, Joy Harrild, whose life was tragically cut short following a fatal car accident in 2016.


Joy graduated with honours and clinical distinction from Birmingham Dental School in 2013, and she was known and loved by friends and colleagues for her warmth of personality and her compassion, as well as for her professionalism.


Following her graduation, Joy completed Dental Core Training at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, before joining the Community Dental Service, working at Brookfields Hospital for the Cambridgeshire Community Services.


Maria Ross-Russell, Head of Dental Services at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust based at Brookfields, said of Joy that she “…was a gifted dentist who went over and above to meet the needs of all of her patients. She was a fantastic colleague to all of us and had a glittering future ahead of her. Her loss is devastating and she will leave an enormous void in our service”.


Joy was also passionate about representing her profession and held office on the BDA’s Young Dentist Committee (YDC). She served as an active member from 2015 and contributed on a range of issues that affected young dentists.


Joy also was the cross-representative from the YDC to the BDA English Community Dental Services Committee.


This Award aims to remember Joy and her contribution, by recognising other young dentists who are committed to furthering their profession, and who are an inspiration to their peers.


Eligibility criteria for the Joy Harrild Award

  1. Nominees must be BDA members
  2. Be within 10 years post-qualification
  3. Have made a significant contribution to the profession meeting at least two of the following criteria:
  • Have made a significant contribution to the profession
  • Have raised the profile of dentistry
  • Have made a contribution to the BDA
  • Have made a positive contribution to wider society through ‘good works’; working with a charity, their local community, or work abroad.
  • Have demonstrated professional or clinical leadership qualities

Deadline for nominations

Nominations for the next round close on 30 April 2019.


BDA Honours and Awards

Nominees will also be considered for the BDA Honours and Awards programme.

Please note that current members of the BDA’s Young Dentists Committee members are not eligible for nomination.


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Any questions?

Please get in touch with our BDA Young Dentists Committee secretary