Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Andrew Geddis-Regan

Academic Clinical Fellow and Speciality Trainee in Special Care Dentistry

Background

Introduction

Since 2017, I have been an Academic Clinical Fellow and Speciality Trainee in Special Care Dentistry. Alongside my academic role, I provide clinical care at Newcastle Dental Hospital and the Community Dental Services within North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. I have previously undertaken a range of Dental Core Training posts including posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and General Dental Practice.

My research interests are currently focused on improving dental treatment for patients seen in Community or Specialist Dental Services. In particular, I am involved in research aiming to enhance decision-making for older people, particularly those living with dementia or other forms of cognitive impairment. 

Twitter: @andygeddisregan

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Qualification

  • BSc(Hons) Primary Care: University of Leeds 2012 
  • BChD Dental Surgery with Distinction: University of Leeds 2014
  • Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS): Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2016
  • Postgraduate Certificate: Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice (Distinction): Edge Hill University 2017
  • Postgraduate Certificate: Clinical Research (Distinction): Newcastle University 2018
  • Diploma in Special Care Dentistry: Royal College of Surgeons of England 2018


Awards/ Prizes

  • Kenneth Stark Prize for Professionalism and Leadership: University of Leeds, 2014 
  • Charles Rippon Medal - Most Distinguished Undergraduate: University of Leeds, 2014
  • Health Professionals' Prize: Cochrane Collaboration, 2015
  • Dean's Medal - Highest Performance Internationally in MFDS Part 2 Examination, RCS Edinburgh, 2016
  • Research Prize: British Society of Disability and Oral Health, 2017
  • Tilly Hale Award for Excellence in Patient and Public Involvement, Newcastle University, 2018
  • Research Competition Finalist: International Association for Disability and Oral Health, 2018

Memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • British Society for Disability and Oral Health
  • British Society of Gerodontology
  • International Association for Dental Research

 

 

Research

Current Projects

Enhancing Treatment Decisions for People Living with Dementia and Oral Diseases 

The limitations in research evidence specific to people living with dementia means that treatment planning challenging for people who may be unwell, anxious or have cognitive impairment can be highly complex. This project aims to develop and test an approach to help people living with dementia, families/carers and dentists to make decisions together about providing dental treatment. This project is being supported by research collaboration within the Institute for Health and Society and the Institute for Ageing.


Patient Involvement in Project Development

Having gained funding for patient involvement in research design, I involved a range of patient groups and individuals in research design. Alongside key individuals with relevant experience, The North-East Dementia Alliance, Voice and a written consultation with the Alzheimer’s Society Research Network steered the development of a project to explore patient/care priorities and guide research development.

 

Past Projects

Qualitative Evidence Synthesis – Oral and Facial Pain Identification for People with Dementia

I undertook a comprehensive review of qualitative literature to explore oral and facial pain identification for people living with dementia. The manuscript of this project has been published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation with a carer as co-author.

The Impact of Age and Deprivation on Domiciliary Dental Care Provision

I linked data from multiple national data-sets to examine the variation in access to domiciliary dental care, typically provided to complex older patients. The findings of this have been published in Community Dental Health

Dental Care Provision and Referral for Patients with Obesity: Patients’ and Dentists’ Experiences

This project enabled me to gain further experience in qualitative research. I was awarded funding from the British Society of Disability and Oral Health to conduct this study. The findings of this study have been presented at local, national and international events, notably the International Association of Disability and Oral Health Congress in Dubai and the iADR Conference in London. The manuscript detailing the findings of this project has been accepted for publication in the British Dental Journal.

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