Julie Simpkins – Hygienist of the Year Nominee

mydentist are proud to have a number of nominees at the 2018 Dental Awards. We spoke to ‘Hygienist of the Year’ Nominee, Julie Simpkins, about her unusual journey in becoming a hygienist and how surprisingly brilliant her experience with mydentist has been.

“When I left school I successfully qualified as a veterinary nurse and started working alongside a visiting Dentist who attended the vets to help restore police dogs, hearing dogs and sight dog’s dentitions, which sometimes included root canal and crowns. I used to administer the general anaesthetics and was eventually asked if I would like to train as a Dental Nurse. I didn’t know what a Dental Nurse did, it was a leap of faith, and one that I’m really glad I took.

I completed my Dental Nurse training and went on to join the Royal Navy to study Dental Hygiene and qualified in 2001. I left the Royal Navy on maternity leave, with my son William, after completing 6 years’ service and after the birth of my daughter, Charlotte, I was ready to embark on more training!  I went on to do my Dental Therapy training at Bristol Dental Hospital, and qualified in 2011”.

More than just a number                                                                                               

“Before joining mydentist, my perception of corporate dental practices was not good, I didn’t want to be a number, I wanted to be a Hygienist with lots of clinical freedom not someone lost in the system. Now that I work for mydentist, I quickly realised I still have my clinical freedom, I feel like a valued member of the team, with a good support network and there are lots of training and CPD opportunities. It’s one of the best decisions I have made.

My current practice in Gloucester is a large 10 surgery clinic with 2 decontamination rooms, and all of the Clinicians have been there a long time. It has an army of receptionists all of which are lovely, approachable and accommodating. The Practice Manager is fantastic and runs it so well, I never want for any equipment or materials and any sundries that I want to sell are often sourced for me.

A few times a month I also support at the mydentist practice in Stroud which is a much smaller 4 surgery clinic, it is a lovely place to work with very friendly staff, I really enjoy paying them a visit and it gives me a change of scenery from time to time.

Everyone at both practices are excited and pleased that I am nominated for this award, and what’s more, made it through to the finals! I was surprised when the Practice Manager in Gloucester told me she nominated me and I would really like to thank everyone for the support”

Quality care comes first

“What I love most about being a Hygienist is meeting and talking to people. I love being able to help and transform someone’s smile, treating nervous patients, and ones that have had a bad previous experience, and being able to restore some faith with regards dental treatment.

I also love treating children. Recently, I attended a local primary school and did Dental Health Education talks to 140 children aged 7-10yrs, I have also given presentations to the local Rotary and Soroptimists clubs about my voluntary dental trip to Nepal.

I just love my job full stop! It really is so varied and interesting and I enjoy it more every day, I never wake up and think oh no I have to go to work this week”.

Everyone at mydentist has everything crossed for Julie at the Dentistry Awards in May. If you, like Julie, want to learn about how mydentist can take your career to the next level, call the Resourcing team today on 01204 799 699 or take a look at our Hygienist vacancies here