About Joy Harrild
The Joy Harrild Award for Young Dentists is named after young dentist, Joy Harrild, whose life was tragically cut short following a fatal car accident in 2016.
Joy graduated with honours and clinical distinction from Birmingham Dental School in 2013, and she was known and loved by friends and colleagues for her warmth of personality and her compassion, as well as for her professionalism.
Following her graduation, Joy completed Dental Core Training at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, before joining the Community Dental Service, working at Brookfields Hospital for the Cambridgeshire Community Services.
Maria Ross-Russell, Head of Dental Services at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust based at Brookfields, said of Joy that she “…was a gifted dentist who went over and above to meet the needs of all of her patients. She was a fantastic colleague to all of us and had a glittering future ahead of her. Her loss is devastating and she will leave an enormous void in our service”.
Joy was also passionate about representing her profession and held office on the BDA’s Young Dentist Committee (YDC). She served as an active member from 2015 and contributed on a range of issues that affected young dentists.
Joy also was the cross-representative from the YDC to the BDA English Community Dental Services Committee.
This Award aims to remember Joy and her contribution, by recognising other young dentists who are committed to furthering their profession, and who are an inspiration to their peers.