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Lauren Hales

Clinical Lead Dental Nurse – Brighter Dental

On a day-to-day basis I am responsible for making sure everything is running smoothly and effectively for clinical colleagues working in our Brighter Dental practices. I’m there to help with any requests they may have and I also keep my hand in by working as a dental nurse in our Saltash practice. I love helping our patients, reassuring them and making sure they are as comfortable as possible.

There is quite a balance to achieve in being a dental nurse in a team leadership role but I enjoy the everyday challenges that this poses, the biggest one of which I find is keeping on top of emails.

I’m also an elected Staff Council representative, engaging with and supporting my colleagues and ensuring their voice is heard in our employee-owned organisation. I really enjoy representing them and have also led on our charitable fundraising, this year on behalf of Cornwall Air Ambulance. I attended the national EO conference in Birmingham and am currently on the planning group for our next Smile (Get) Together.

Before joining Smile Together I was a dental nurse at another practice in Cornwall, and a wedding photographer! I was inspired into a dental nursing career as I wanted to work within a health/medical environment and found this suited me best.

It’s really inspiring working in Smile Together – there are more opportunities here for everyone, way beyond what you’d get working elsewhere. Everyone’s very friendly which makes for a great working environment.

Outside of work I enjoy reading books and looking after my pet birds.

The fun bit

Cats or dogs? Budgies

Surfing or sunbathing? Sleeping

Manual or electric toothbrush? Electric toothbrush

Cornish cider or gin? GIN!

Mini or VW Campervan? Mini

Peace and quiet or loud and lively? Peace and Quiet

Flossing or interdental brushing? Flossing

Full on roast or salad? ROAST!

Football or rugby? Sleeping

Rock or classical? Progressive rock

Under cover or outside in the elements? Inside, it’s warm