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RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Faculty of Dental Surgery, in partnership with Dentsply Sirona, is pleased to have successfully for two years run the Dental Clinical Skills Competition. 

Regional heats for the competition took place in dental schools across the UK in autumn/winter 2016.

During the heats, final year dental students showcased their clinical skills with the best student from each heat winning a travel and accommodation package to compete in the Grand Final in Edinburgh in the following spring.








At the Grand Final, the top 16 finalists, from across the UK, are tasked to undertake a broad range of clinical procedures before determining who will be crowned the overall winner at the Competition’s Grand Final Dinner. 

As well as prizes awarded to the winner and runner-ups, all participants receive a certificate of participation as well as a year's affiliation to the RCSEd's Pre-Membership Dental Affiliate Network. 

Regional Heats

 Read more about the 2017 Finalists here.

Location Date Regional Winners
Lancashire 28 October 2016 (afternoon) Stewart McLean 
Newcastle 10 November 2016 (evening) Jordan Heron 
Aberdeen 4 November 2016 (afternoon) Natalie Miller 
Bristol 7 December 2016 (afternoon) Rupinder Kaur Sarai 
Manchester 7 December 2016 (evening) Najla Alsaeed 
Belfast 8 December 2016 (evening) Marc Harrington 
Birmingham 19 September (evening) Edward Newton
Cardiff 14 December 2016 Donya Ghorbani 
Dundee 16 December (morning) Clare Ratcliff 
Glasgow 15 December 2016 Mehda Shankar 
Kings College London 24 October 2016 Claire Bayliss 
Leeds 20 November 2016 Aseel Altemimi 
Liverpool 31 October 2016 (evening) Elyas Yonis 

26 October (Truro campus)

30 November (Plymouth campus) 

Monisha Sharma
Queen Mary's / Bart's 30 November Jonathan Sparks 
Sheffield 25 October 2016 (evening) Saman Yazdifar 


Read more about the Grand Final of the 2015/2016 competition. 

Mr Brian Nattress


"The clinical skills competition really captures the students' enthusiasm and drive, challenging a range of key clinical dental skills - it's the dental schools' equivalent of the British bake- off!" said Mr Brian Nattress, "There's a real sense of excitement at the regional heats and a great atmosphere watching the students compete against each other. I am looking forward to seeing the students in action and witnessing again the great sense of camaraderie as they compete alongside colleagues from other dental schools. I am confident the students will have a thoroughly enjoyable experience as their clinical skills are challenged to the full!"  


Olivier Collet


“It's our absolute pleasure and honour to co-host the Dental Skills Competition with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Through delivering clinical education as well as quality and innovative solutions for better healthcare, Dentsply Sirona recognises the importance of supporting and encouraging some of the very best students in our industry who will go on to be the very best in their profession. The standard of clinical skills we have witnessed over the course of this exciting competition reinforces Dentsply Sirona's commitment to delivering happiness, health and well-being.” Olivier Collet, VP and General Manager Dentsply Sirona. 






Professor William Saunders"One of the major aims of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is to set and quality assure the highest standards for the dental profession, and recognise that with the award of Membership and Fellowship," says Professor William Saunders, Dean of the Dental Faculty at the RCSEd. "This competition is a shining example of ensuring that those standards are constantly being challenged and updated, with students benefitting from the networking opportunities it brings. RCSEd is very keen to interact with the undergraduate dental schools in the UK and this competition provides an excellent way for dental students to become engaged with us. We are most grateful to Dentsply Sirona for their collaboration to make this competition possible."




Previous Winners


2015-2016 Winners


2015-2016 RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition top three from left to right: Cara Turner (third place), University of Bristol School of Oral and Dental Sciences; James McParlane (winner), University of Central Lancashire School of Dentistry and Alice Hamilton (second), University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry.








2013-2014 Winners


2013-2014 RCSEd Dentsply Sirona Dental Skills Competition top three from left to right: Manas Hamal (third place), Cardiff University; Hannah Crane (winner), University of Sheffield and Lloyd Bovensipen (second place), Newcastle University.  








For further information about the competition, contact outreach@rcsed.ac.uk or telephone 0131 668 9213 or telephone 0131 527 1644.

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