I am a qualified and practising dentist with an honorary contract as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry with Newcastle Acute Hospitals Trust. I qualified with BDS (Dundee) in 1985 and after 4 years in NHS hospital dentistry I moved to newcastle to take a Lecturer position. I completed my PhD in 1994, my clinical specialist training in 1998 and became a senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in 2003.
My role now is as Head of School but still with significant clinical, teaching and research activity. My clinical and teaching activity is in restorative dentistry. My research is mostly based around population oral health and oral health services, including oral health policy and economics.
I also have a number of external roles, and led the "Review of NHS Dental Services in England" for the Government in 2009, and have subsequently worked with the Department of Health to pilot and consider implementation of the recommendations. I am currently the National Oral and Dental Speciality lead for the National Institute for Health Research and am on two Fellowship panels for NIHR.
I am one of the senior members of the consortium which worked with the Office for National Statistics on the 1998 and 2009 Adult Dental Health Surveys and the 2003 Childrens Dental Health Survey.
Population Oral Health:
Oral Health Services Research
Range of work since early 1990s (see publication list) particularly around oral health related quality of life and the oral health of older people. Also research into Temporomandibular Disorder and quality of life, now being led by others. More recently work in health economics and policy and involvement in some large primary care trials.
I am Head of School in the School of Dental Sciences in Newcastle University.
My personal teaching role is in restorative dentistry where until very recently I led teaching in advanced restorations, including skills and theoretical teaching in this area. I also contribute to clinical teaching of all clincal years in a range of areas including communication skills, clinical techniques (including key clincial and technical skills) and clinical teaching, public and population health.