Rodericks' Ravinder Lall reflects on: “Career progression and putting patients first”
There are many different pathways a dental professional can take to advance their career. This might involve learning new clinical skills, improving communication abilities, taking on new roles, working with different teams, focusing on a particular specialist discipline or moving into the fields of research, teaching or lecturing.
Ravinder Lall is a dentist at Victoria Promenade Dental Practice in Northampton. Having qualified in 2003, he has experienced substantial professional development. He shares his story:
“My days are currently spent performing general dentistry in a predominantly NHS practice, although I have a particular interest in restorative, implant and cosmetic orthodontic dentistry. I have been able to build on my orthodontic interests in recent years, becoming a Six Month Smiles provider. It helped me expand my skills and meet the demands of my patients. I also completed my Diploma in Restorative Dentistry.
“On-going training and education are crucial for all dental practitioners looking to grow. Whether this takes the form of manufacturer-organised training days or formal qualifications, the opportunity for continuous learning ensures that knowledge and skills are kept up-to-date regarding the latest thinking and products in a particular field.
“The quality of such training will have a direct influence on the impact made to an individual’s practice and the benefit of support and mentorship beyond a course cannot be emphasised enough.”
Ravinder continued: “There is absolutely an ethos for professional development and career progression at Rodericks Dental, and everyone from the Directors down is more than willing to provide advice or support wherever they can. This is a passion I share and I was delighted to get the opportunity to become a joint Foundation Dentist Trainer.
“For young dentists who require mentorship, I think it’s really important to have access to significant support. I wanted to help by providing young dentists with the knowledge that I have gained so far and helping them adapt their working day. I find it very rewarding to see trainees gradually improve and become both more confident and more proficient throughout the year.”
Patients come first
“Ultimately, everything the dental team does is for the good of their patients. In addition to their professional skills and capabilities, the physical environment, materials and equipment at their disposal can impact on the service they provide to patients. Therefore, all these elements need to be considered and optimised.
“Above all else, I strive to deliver a high standard of care day in, day out, because the practice’s main priority is meeting our patients’ needs. For example, if there is a certain cosmetic treatment that's not available on the NHS, we have the clinical freedom and resources to find the very next best thing that will suit the individual.
“In addition, all the protocols and systems in place have been designed specifically to simplify administration tasks so that we can spend as much time as possible with our patients. Patients really do come first.
“One of the biggest positives of working for Rodericks is that a number of the Directors have clinical experience and they know what it’s like working in practice. This means they know what it takes to create the best environments for professionals to thrive and patients to receive the excellent care they deserve. As it has grown, I have seen first hand that Rodericks’ priority lies with providing a quality service for patients.”
Ravinder adds: “While making a change and taking on a new challenge can seem daunting, there are many possible benefits to enjoy by doing so. Researching the market for vacancies and potential training courses that you may be interested in will help you identify your options and make the right choices.
“I have so far enjoyed my 14.5 years of dentistry immensely and I hope future years bring just as much joy.
“To keep the joy in your dentistry, maybe it’s time to take the next step in your career… The most important thing is to ensure that you are continually being challenged. In doing so, you can expand and refine your capabilities, ultimately enabling you to deliver the highest possible standards of care to all your patients.”
For more information about a career with Rodericks, visit www.rodericksdentalcareers.co.uk,