We are happy to announce that we’ve published the first edition of our quarterly newsletter, Impact!
This newsletter has been designed following discussion and input from our Staff Council to bring you a quarterly round up of the news and activities across the company.
In this edition you’ll find an overview of this edition’s topics:
Brighter Smiles Ahead for Children
We’ve made two big leaps forward to improving the oral health of children in Cornwall (and hopefully across the country) after launching our major Brighter Smiles Campaign and being recommissioned by Cornwall Council to continue oral health education in children’s centres, nurseries and primary schools.
National recognition for one of our Own
One of our very own Dental Nurses was shortlisted and won the prestigious ‘‘Dental Nurse of the Year’ at a glittering awards ceremony at the NEC Hilton Metropole in Birmingham this month.
Heidi Wyatt of Smile Together, who has cared for an estimated 89,000 patients across Cornwall during her career, picked up the award for “clearly going above and beyond her duties and showing outstanding commitment to the profession.”
For the full story click [HERE]
Double Award Shortlisting
We are delighted to have been placed on the shortlist for two prestigious awards at The Cornwall Business Awards 2017. On 18th May at St. Mellion International Resort, we’ll take our place amongst ‘The Stars of Cornwall’ to find out whether we have won ‘Best New Business’ and/or ‘Employer of the Year’.
Healthier Happier Communities
Our ongoing commitment to our communities continues to play a big part in what we do. We also have an update for you on volunteering opportunities and work with Dentaid, working with refugees in Cornwall, and of course your charity activities raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Staff Council Update
The Staff Council is a joint body made up of elected staff representatives, Directors, Managers and the recognised Unions (currently BDA and Unison).
Since its inception, it has discussed and been involved with a wide variety of topics including:
- Improving communication – one of the reasons why you are reading this blog post !
- Creating the West Country Dental Care Services brand – working with Fuel Communications on the name, uniforms and new website for the service.
- Putting in place a voluntary policy
- Time off for GP/Medical appointments
- Policy for staff accessing emergency dental care
In the last financial year we took time to review the needs of the business and ensure that as an organisation we spent the money in the right areas and received all the income we were due. This has meant there is a healthy surplus on the accounts as we have made decisions not to rush into new arrangements or contracts. This surplus is what will be used to support the new dental centres.
For further information have a look at our latest edition of impact: Impact Newsletter PDF