BSPD Invites OIA Submissions

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BSPD invites submissions to OIA 2023

BSPD invites member submissions for Outstanding Innovation Award 2023 Submissions closing date 17th February 2023. A BSPD spokesperson explains.

BSPD’s Outstanding Innovation Award (OIA) which celebrates inspiring and innovative schemes to improve the oral health of children, enters its seventh year in 2023. Entries are now invited from anyone who is a member at the time of submission, with an initiative or scheme which has had a demonstrable impact on children’s oral health.

This award was established in 2017 to recognise, and encourage, the work of BSPD’s members in the area of innovation. By providing positive publicity for the initiative and its creator, the Society aims to encourage, promote and disseminate good practice. The deadline for applications for the 2023 award is end of day on Friday 17th February 2023, and the winner will be notified by the end of the month.

Entries must be made on the standard application form (see below) and applicants may include information and illustrations of any relevant resources in a single attachment (up to 5 pages of A4). All entries must be projects initiated or managed by BSPD members and the project must be UK-based.

Entries will be judged against the criteria by a sub-committee of BSPD Executive comprising the president, past president, the honorary editor and the BSPD spokesperson.

Each member will score the projects independently and the sub-committee will then meet to agree an overall winner. The sub-committee may offer commendation for any exceptional projects that do not win.

The scoring system is as follows:

• Alignment with BSPD’s mission statement (10 points)
• Innovative nature of the project (10 points)
• Extent to which the project provides a benefit to children and/or young people (10 points)
• Extent to which the project addresses oral health inequalities (10 points)
• Involvement of relevant stakeholders (5 points)
• Presentation of entry (5 points)

The Award is then presented each year at the Society’s Annual Scientific Conference in September. The winner’s prize also includes:

• Free entry to attend one day of the Conference
• One night’s accommodation and UK travel, booked in line with the Society’s Expenses Policy
• Allocated time in the Conference programme to give a 20-minute presentation on the project
• A BSPD press release, including photograph, disseminated to the dental press

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM

Please send the completed forms for consideration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Previous winners of OIA are:

• 2022 Joint winners Jemma Facenfield for her Dental Clinic for looked-after children and adolescents & Lucy Ridsdale for Dental Care Pathways for looked-after children
• 2021 Simon Hearnshaw for the In Practice Prevention Scheme
• 2020 Linzi Maybin for her Happy Teeth Outreach project
• 2019 Helen Rogers for establishing CONNECT Trainees
• 2018 Ben Underwood for Brush DJ app
• 2017 Ingrid Perry for Teeth Team