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

How do I nominate for this award?

We are looking for young dentists who deserve to be recognised by the dental community for the outstanding work they are doing.

Nominees must be BDA members within 10 years post-qualification and are required to have made a significant contribution to the profession meeting at least two of the following criteria:

  • raising the profile of dentistry;
  • making 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.

The Honours & Awards Committee only accepts one nomination form per nominee. This will usually be the first nomination received.

Deadline for nominations

Nominations are now closed.

Any questions? 

Please get in touch with Alison Magee:  [email protected] 

Nominate for the BDA Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists

About Joy Harrild

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.

Joy was 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. She was also 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.

Previous winners

Joy 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.

Maria Ross-Russell

Head of Dental Services at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust