Siobhan Kelleher named 2017 Person of Prevention
By Guy Hiscott on 27 October 2017
Siobhan Kelleher has been revealed as the winner of the inaugural People of Prevention (POP) Awards – a scheme designed to celebrate the true heroes of preventive dentistry.
Siobhan, a dental hygienist living and working in Ireland, was named as the winner in the September/October issue of Oral Health.
The quality of entries received by Oral Health was exceptional, proving beyond a doubt that prevention is in fine strength. But Siobhan’s entry stood out, garnering huge praise from the judges for her dedication to prevention.
Her passion for oral care shone through every aspect of her entry, which painted a picture of a dental professional working to improve patients’ lives in every way she could, from her own clinical work, to educating other professionals, and spending a huge amount of time and effort on reaching out to the public.
Her deep concern over the oral health of children in Ireland has seen her develop a range of innovative workshops that make oral health education interesting, accessible, and fun.
Siobhan stands as a worthy example of excellence in prevention – and a very worthy winner of the title of Oral Health’s first-ever Person of Prevention!
United in praise
The judges were united in their praise of Siobhan’s exceptional entry. They said:
‘Siobhan has formed a well-developed workshop which is innovative and has prevention at its heart. She is obviously well-motivated, and the many testimonials submitted for her prove how highly thought of she is by those she works with.
‘She is clearly motivated, as demonstrated by her work with oral health companies and providing education, and the great strength of her innovative workshops is how easily they could be adapted to work in a number of different settings.
‘She demonstrated comprehensive care, and a long-standing commitment to the profession and her patients, making her a deserving winner.’
Thank you so much for all the support and for sponsoring me on the 500miles4smiles walk recently in the Uk. I was delighted to represent Ireland. Initially I had thought about sending money to the cause but I felt it necessary to travel and support Christina Chatfield and Sarah Murray because it’s actually about heightening awareness rather than raising money that was the important issue here. The aim of 500miles4smiles was an awareness about Oral cancer and dental anxiety. Christina walked 500 miles from Scotland to Brighton. I joined her for part of the journey at Retford in the Uk.
My own cousin was diagnosed recently with oral cancer. It was detected by his dentist and diagnosed early. He was a regular attender. It was an aggressive form of cancer and needed two surgical operations. He got the all clear last week. We need to continue to heighten awareness of the importance of regular dental visits to screen for cancer and catch it early- early diagnosis, long term prognosis. Oral cancer kills more people than breast cancer and testicular cancer put together.
When I met up with Christina and Sarah in Retford we chatted about Oral cancer and HPV vaccinations and how girls are vaccinated but not boys. Then they got the maps out ! Map reading is my worst nightmare. Sarah dropped us to our starting point in the 500miles4smiles van with a sat nav with an irish accent. Of course they said they got it especially for my visit ! I never imagined we would be making our way across fields and rough terrain. Did we get lost ? – yes we did but soon got back on track and even ventured down the bicycle lane on the A1 with a few beep beeps !
We made it and I headed back to Manchester before getting a flight back to Cork.
Sarah Murray commented ‘I am pleased the walk went as well as it did, with raising awareness of the risk factors associated with mouth cancer. We actively encouraged and continue to encourage people to visit their dental practice while raising money for HYS and BDHF. I am in awe of Christina who hopped out of bed every morning to continue walking. The project is not over, although the walk is, and we will continue to raise awareness through various projects’.
If you have an ulcer or sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal or discomfort or pain in the mouth that doesn’t go away- get it checked. Dentists and Dental hygienists screen for oral cancer at every visit .
When was your last visit ?
Siobhan Kelleher RDH
I would like to congratulate you on becoming one of our Champions for 2014.
We would like to thank you for all your advice and inspiration for “A Wild Smile”, your dedication to your community project via Innovation 360 and for promoting Heart your Smile. You are truly an inspiration to the dental profession.
So happy to have you on board and welcome you to the HYS family.
Registered Charity: 114786
Heart your Smile . 54 Micheldever Road . London . SE12 8LU
Irish Dentistry Awards 2014.
Best Dental Care Professional in the Repulic of Ireland WINNER ! Siobhan Kelleher RDH
Best New Practice
Best Patient Care
Best Child health Initiative
Best Charity/Community Project.
We are delighted – Thank you for all your support.
I am delighted to inform you that you have been selected as a finalist in this years “Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year”. Well done!
You were nominated by your dental team colleagues and you scored highly under patient care, clinical skills and teamwork.
This year the five finalists are asked to present a case study. Please see attached case study template which outlines the format of your case study, please let me know if you need any clarification on any aspect of your work.
The winner will receive an educational bursary cheque for €500 and the runners up will receive an educational bursary cheque for €100. Also, a certificate for your practice wall, with the winner receiving a winner’s trophy!
I am very pleased to be able to congratulate you on securing an Innovation
Our judges felt your project stood out as being very innovative
incorporating many of the Heart your Smile habit as well as being measurable
What happens next?
We will be in touch soon to discuss the details; in particular your
requirements for the Heart Your Smile Oral Health Kit which makes up 50% of
Thank you for sharing your project with us and we look forward to working
with you to improve oral health and healthy eating in your community and
Registered Charity: 114786
Our practice has been very successful recently. We’re pretty chuffed.