Dr Trevor Hodge – Restless in the pursuit of Quality

How Dr Trevor Hodge became 1 of only 4 British Clinicians to achieve membership of the European Board of Orthodontists.

The European Board of Orthodontists (EBO) aims to enhance the standards of orthodontic treatment throughout Europe by providing a standard against which orthodontists can be judged independently of national examinations and barriers, by an expert panel of European Orthodontists. It aims to encourage the spirit of self-improvement among colleagues who are recognised specialists in orthodontics within Europe.

Dr. Trevor Hodge, one of our Specialist Orthodontists at The Beverley Orthodontic Centre took part in an extensive examination process to demonstrate his clinical excellence in complex Orthodontic cases. He presented 8 cases to a board of Europe’s top Orthodontists, the majority of which were NHS cases completed at The Beverley Orthodontic Centre. Dr Hodge’s determination to make a difference means he is now only the fourth UK clinician in more than 20 years to gain EBO membership.

Working as one team, Altogether Better. 

We caught up with Trevor to discuss his incredible achievement and how the team at mydentist Beverley have helped and supported him along the way.

 Although the examination was a professional challenge, requiring a lot of preparation, it is rewarding to be recognised for achievement in pursuit of clinical excellence. Of the eight cases submitted, seven were treated on the NHS and of these six were at Beverley Orthodontic Centre where I am supported by an excellent team who are all so proud of my achievement!

The team have worked together for the past 10 years and everyone pulls together to help each other achieve. My colleagues know how hard I have worked and are no doubt glad not to have to hear about my preparatory efforts anymore!

I’ve been very fortunate to work alongside two great colleagues in particular, Dr. David Tinsley and Dr. Jon O’Dwyer, who have always taken a pride in their clinical work and this has set the standard high. From this point we have encouraged the same emphasis amongst the team and have encouraged them to develop professionally. Together we all try and do our best by each patient despite whatever limiting factors may exist

There are 3 orthodontists who have been at the practice since the outset working on different days of the week. We work out of 2 rooms – a side surgery and a polyclinic of 3 chairs.

We make full use of the whole team with 7-8 orthodontic therapists working at different times during the week alongside orthodontic nurses undertaking a full range of extended duties plus our practice manager, treatment coordinator and reception team. It is a busy clinic but everyone works hard and takes pleasure in the results we achieve for our patients. We also like to organise a couple of team social events during the year!”

Proud to deliver high quality, individual care

“It is very rewarding to see the difference we all make to the oral appearance of patients as well as the improvements to their smile and facial aesthetics. We take a lot photographs before, during and after treatment and both the patients and the team enjoy seeing the progress and final results from these”

A career to last a lifetime

“Over the years we have had many nurses sit post-qualifications in radiography, orthodontic nursing, oral health education, impression taking and photography as well as a number train as orthodontic therapists and achieve success in their Diplomas in Orthodontic Therapy. It makes a change to see one of the Orthodontists put themselves through an additional exam and the team enjoyed seeing a piece come up about my exam success on the mydentist website.

My advice to aspiring clinicians would be to invest in learning to be the best clinician you can be, surround yourself where possible with good people who will bring you on and then the rewards of a career in orthodontics will follow.

At the present time I am not making plans beyond my current workload but I am enjoying working at mydentist in Beverley and also at the Leeds Dental Institute where I have just started taking the lead in managing the orthodontic treatment for patients born with cleft lip and palate. This is proving to be a rewarding professional challenge”