Community Heroes – recognising dental nurses amid Covid-19
It includes dental nurses who took on administrative roles, were redeployed, were involved in the Test and Trace initiative or who undertook voluntary work as an act of kindness and those involved in the mental health and wellbeing of colleagues.
Fiona Ellwood, patron of the SBDN, said, "The Community List will be held by the Society of British Dental Nurses and those nominated will recorded by region. The list will be displayed on the Society of British Dental Nurses website and will be part of dental nursing history for many years to come.
"We have engaged with many of the key stakeholders and are keen that the local dental communities reach out and support this initiative across the four nations."
During the height of the pandemic, the society made an executive decision to provide support to all dental nurses during the height of the pandemic, not just to its members.
Fiona said, "What became very apparent quite quickly was the psychological impact and the need to recognise early signs of stress, anxiety and exhaustion.