Ciara Hoare wins People of Prevention Awards 2018on 19th September 2018
We have been over the moon with the response to this year’s People of Prevention Awards; our inbox has never been so full!
And after so much hard work from both our readers as well as our judges, we are delighted to announce that Ciara Hoare has won this year’s title of Person of Prevention!
The judges were bowled over by her entry, describing Ciara’s work as ‘an inspirational example of grass-roots prevention that shows real impact in her local community’.
Meriting the magic
Dental nurse Ciara founded The Tooth Fairy last year to provide oral health promotion workshops to schools, parent and toddler groups and community centres across Ireland.
The workshops, which can be tailored to suit any age, aim to heighten awareness of the importance of good oral health.
While pregnant, Ciara completed the oral health promotion course with the National University of Ireland, Galway. It was during this time – after visiting local schools and surveying parents and carers of children with special healthcare needs – that Ciara recognised a lack of education and preventive measures. To overcome this, Ciara created a training manual to increase skills and knowledge, enabling anyone to perform oral hygiene care in their own home.
In addition to these initiatives, Ciara sells keychain floss to fund dental visits for children with special healthcare needs in the area.
And, if this wasn’t enough, Ciara created it all while on maternity leave with her first baby!
Melanie Promphrett: highly commended
The judges were particularly impressed by the outstanding standard of this year’s entries.
Every submission we received demonstrates that the passion for prevention in dentistry is ever-present.
The quality of the submissions was so high that the judges deemed it only fair to award Melanie Promphrett with a highly commended prize. Melanie was described as ‘a deeply impressive individual whose commitment to improving the oral health of marginalised patients should stand as an example to everyone’.
Dividing her time between working as a dental hygienist and as oral health improvement manager for Essex with Community Dental Services CIC, Melanie’s entry demonstrated her commitment to helping her local community.
As part of her role, she trains and supports other professional groups, including health visitors, care home staff and school nurses in oral health across Essex. She is also due to train nursing staff at local homeless organisations to offer oral cancer screenings.
Melanie is so passionate about supporting the development of dental care professionals that she has created a fully-accredited post-registration course in oral health education, for which she is the lead tutor.