When coronavirus hit, Scotland’s own ‘disruptive dentist’, practioner and trainer, Clive Schmulian decided to put his knowledge online and managed to raise more than £31,000 for The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in the process.
Clive regularly organises courses in many aspects of dentistry and mentors dentists in learning new techniques including dental implants, oral surgery and using digital technology.
When the coronavirus pandemic began, Clive decided to move his courses online to webinars. Rather than charge participants, Clive asked for donations for the hospice.
Working with dental colleagues from across the United Kingdom, Clive has since conducted more than 40 webinars. Twenty-six of these were on a clinical subject and the remaining 14 on dentists’ non- clinical subjects including subjects as diverse at Star Trek and Whisky tasting. He finished his series of webinars off with an interview with NHSScotland National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch.
The “Lockdown 2020” webinars were backed with messages of support from former Rangers manager, Ally McCoist and Celtic players, Leigh Griffiths and Craig Gordon.
Clive says: “Coronavirus has affected us all in one way or another. Dental practioners have not been able to carry out their normal patient-facing care. But we are able to still improve our knowledge while in lockdown. It occurred to me that with more people at home, online learning was going to prove popular.
“The hospice has always been close to my heart so it made sense to ask participants to donate whatever they could afford to such a worthy charity which provides tremendous compassionate and caring end-of-life care.
“I’ve been delighted with the response to the online webinars. I am passionate about mentoring other dentists and this was the ideal way for people to take part.”
Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, commented: “We are so grateful to Clive and everyone who took part in the ‘disruptive dentist’s’ webinars and donated to the hospice. These are difficult times for everyone just now and not more so than for charities.
“We are reliant on fundraising and donations to ensure we can keep on caring for patients who have life-limiting illnesses. During lockdown and with potential restrictions in the future, we are just not sure when we will be able to re-start our normal fundraising activities.
“So to receive Clive’s donation, which comes to almost £40,000 with Gift Aid included, is truly welcome. Thank you to everyone who donated, you are helping to make a real difference to people in the most difficult of circumstances.”
Anyone is able to help Glasgow’s Hospice during these difficult times by making an online donation at www.ppwh.org.uk/donate
Rhona Baillie, PPWH CEO is delighted to receive the cheque from Glasgow’s own ‘disruptive dentist’ for more than £31,000
Notes to Editors:
Clive graduated with a bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Glasgow in 1993. Over the past twenty-five years he has been committed to not only his own post graduate training, but the career development of many colleagues. After finishing his university dental training Clive has advanced qualifications in a range of clinical areas including implant dentistry and conscious sedation.
He was the first dentist in Scotland to pass the Diploma in Implant Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2007. Knowledge and skills from this, lead Clive to invest in 3-d dental imaging and he became a pioneer in this field – he became the Disruptive Dentist. Always at the forefront of technology, he has embraced digital dentistry, computer aided design and 3-printing all with the aim of improving care for his patients.
About The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice is a charity, founded in 1980.
Following the success of our Brick by Brick fundraising appeal to raise £21 million to build a new hospice, the first patients moved into the new hospice in November 2018.
From our location on a 7.5-acre green site in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park, we provide person-centred and family-focused palliative care and support.
Our state-of-the-art facilities, specialist staff and dedicated volunteers enable us to deliver the highest standards of 21st century hospice care to the people of Glasgow including, for the first time, palliative care services specifically designed for young people and their families.