Samantha Salaver, Head of Dental Nursing at Guy's Hospital, has been awarded MBE in the New Year Honours List.

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Samantha Salaver, from Enfield, has worked at Guy's Hospital since 2006 and was recognised for services to dental nursing. She joined the Trust as a sister in the dental directorate before becoming a dental matron and then head of dental nursing.

During her career, Samantha chaired the Association of Dental Hospitals dental nurses' group, and she worked with NHS England to set up talent management for dental nurses.

She helped set up the Dental Nursing Academy for apprentices at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and is currently developing a specialist dental nursing degree.

Samantha said: 'I was overwhelmed and surprised to hear that I was to receive such an honour as this. I work with an amazing team of dental nurses and others and have been privileged to be supported by Guy's and St Thomas'. I have had the opportunity to develop the future of dental nursing, and I am very proud to be a dental nurse'.