Dental technician Andrew Tinkler been awarded a prize for being the top student in his year.
He got a distinction in his final exams at the University of Central Lancashire, where he studied to become a clinical dental technician, and has now won the Schottlander prize for being the best-performing student on the course.
The accolade is sponsored by Schottlander, a family owned international dental manufacturing and supply company.
Andrew works as maxillofacial technician at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and decided to return to pay his own wya and go back to study so he coudl improve his skills.
He was mentored by Trust consultant Victoria Hadden who trained him in clinical skills during the two-year course.
She said: “A clinical dental technician can provide complete dentures directly to patients independently of a dentist so it combines clinical and technical skills.
“The whole team is delighted at Andrew’s success and his results are well-deserved as he has worked very hard.”
Andrew said he decided to self-fund the two year part-time course in the hope that he could become a more integrated member of the clinical dental team.
He said: “It’s great to now be using my new skills within the maxillofacial department and in the wider dental community.”
Liam O’Brian tutor at the School of Medicine and Dentistry said Andrew was a pleasure to teach and has a rewarding career ahead of him.