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The DTA reports the sad loss of Adrian Rollings, dental technician and CDT

By DTA | 26th January 2022 | News

Adrian Rollings 1964-2022

It is with great sadness that we heard earlier this week of the sudden passing of Adrian Rollings from a heart attack. He was a former member of the council of management of the Dental Technologists' Association and the British Institute of Dental and Surgical Technologists both long established professional organisations that promote the education of dental technologists.

Adrian began his dental career in 1980 at the University of Birmingham Dental School from which he qualified as a dental technician in 1985. He has since gained many awards and qualifications.

This included winning a national competition organised by the British Institute of Surgical Technologists (BIDST) for the construction of dentures, which was presented at The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1986.

Adrian held a Fellowship of the BIDST and he held a membership by qualification of the City and Guilds of London Institute in the subject of Dental Technology, which is equivalent to a UK University Master's degree. In addition, his work in gaining this qualification was honoured with a City and Guilds Medal for Excellence in 2010, one of just 120 medal winners from a pool of 1.9 million qualification awards.

Adrian had also gained his Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology at the University of Central Lancashire, passing with Distinction. Adrian has authored a number of scientific articles, which have been published internationally and he has lectured on the subject of dental technology in the UK and as far afield as Iceland. Adrian was also previously a teacher of Dental Technology at Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham and was immensely keen on maintaining his own professional development.

Adrian was passionate about his craft and together with his technologist wife Jacqueline (Jacque) he set up Smile Crafters their successful independent laboratory and CDT clinic in Burntwood, Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Beyond dentistry, Adrian was committed to lifelong learning and holds a further Master's degree in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and management.

All his friends and colleagues are truly saddened to hear of his loss at the age of 56 years.

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