School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Holmes

Senior Lecturer / Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health



I am a dentist, Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health. I hold an Hon. Public Health Consultant Clinical Academic contract with Public Health England (PHE). My research interests include health services research, priority setting, resource allocation and health policy in relation to dentistry.

After several years working in primary dental care I began as a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Dental Public Health at Newcastle University before being awarded a 3-year national NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (2009-2012) to research priority setting and the use of health economic tools in NHS dental commissioning.

After gaining my PhD at Newcastle University I became an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Dental Public Health and completed my academic Specialty Registrar training. I passed the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination (ISFE) in April 2014 and began in my current role as a Senior Lecturer / Hon. Consultant in Dental Public Health in November 2014.


  • BMedSci (Hons)  Bachelor of Medical Science, First Class (Newcastle University, 2001)
  • BDS (Hons)         Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) (Newcastle University, 2002)                             
  • MFDS RCS         Membership Examination, Faculty of Dental Surgery (2005)
  • MPH                    Master of Public Health (Manchester University, 2009)
  • PhD                     Doctor of Philosophy (Newcastle University, 2012)
  • FFPH                   Fellow, Faculty of Public Health (Royal Colleges of Physicians UK, 2015)
  • FHEA                   Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, 2015)
  • FDS(DPH)RCPSG  Fellow in Dental Surgery (Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow 2016)

Previous Positions

  • General Dental Practitioner / Community Dental Officer (2002-2005)
  • Clinical Fellow, Newcastle University (2005-2006)
  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow / Specialist Registrar in Dental Public Health (2006-2009)
  • NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Newcastle University (2009-2012)
  • NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer / Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health (2012-2014)


  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD)
  • European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH)
  • The North of England Odontological Society (NEOS) (Past-President 2013-14)
  • Faculty of Public Health, The Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Regional Role

  • Member, Dental Workforce Strategy Group (Health Education England - North East)

National Roles

  • NIHR In-Practice Fellowship Scheme - Expert Review Panel (2018) 
  • British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry - BASCD Council, Research Lead 

Past & Present Funding

  • Personal Award: NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (2009-2012)
  • Health Education England
  • Australian Bicentennial Fellowship 2018 - Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London

Google scholar profile


I am the lead academic at Newcastle University for Dental Public Health.

  • Deputy Degree Programme Director, BSc in Oral & Dental Health Sciences (UCAS code: A207) 
  • Stage 3 Director, BSc in Oral & Dental Health Sciences 
  • Admissions Tutor (BDS). For all admissions enquiries please email:
  • Chair of Admissions Panel, School of Dental Sciences (BDS and BSc) 
  • Chair of Board of Examiners, Stage 3, BSc in Oral & Dental Health Sciences
  • Senior Tutor
  • Personal Tutor - BDS students
  • Lead for Dental Public Health assessment (BDS & BSc degree programmes)
  • Member, Stage 5 BDS Board of Examiners Sub-committee
  • Member, Stage 3 Part II BDS Board of Examiners Sub-committee
  • Member/interviewer, BDS and BSc Admissions Panels, School of Dental Sciences
  • Member, Faculty of Medical Sciences Undergraduate Admissions and Student Recruitment Sub-Group
  • Co-lead for Newcastle University-Indiana University (USA) initiative in dental education (2016-present)

Undergraduate Teaching

1. BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)

  • Academic teaching input into Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 BDS
  • Course Lead, 'Dentistry, the Dentist & Public Health' Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5 BDS

2. BSc (Bachelor of Science in Oral & Dental Health Sciences)

  • Course Lead, 'Evidence-Based Practice and Public Health', Stage 1 BSc
  • Course Lead, 'Critical Appraisal & Academic Writing', Stage 2, BSc

Postgraduate Teaching

Research & Epidemiology study days (Foundation Dentists) commissioned by Health Education England North East

Critical Appraisal - Clinical Implant Dentistry PGDip


Research Interests

Oral health services research: My PhD research focused upon decision-making and priority setting tools in NHS dentistry with respect to a need for the rational use of scarce resources at local levels. I have been involved in work relating to the evaluation of, and findings from, the current dental contract reform programme in England. I have a particular interest in how original research can influence health policy at a national level.

Oral health epidemiology: I was a clinical examiner in the national Adult Dental Health Survey (2009) and more recently I co-authored several formal reports arising from data generated by the national Children's Dental Health Survey (2013).

Qualitative research: I have experience with a variety of qualitative research techniques involving a diverse range of groups in the population. Past research has included patient groups, clinicians and NHS commissioners.

Dental education: I am interested in dental educational research linked to the widening participation agenda in higher education, the training and assessment of dental students, therapists and hygienists, and developing internationalisation and collaborative educational opportunities within the dental undergraduate curriculum.

Reviewer for:

  • NIHR In-Practice Fellowship Scheme - Expert Review Panel (2018)
  • European Journal of Dental Education
  • British Dental Journal
  • BDJ Open
  • Community Dental Health
  • BMC Oral Health
  • Health & Care Research Wales (Research for Patient & Public Benefit) Programme

Postgraduate Academic Supervision:

Various PhD / MSc / MPH students, taught research post-graduate dentists, 2x public health trainees (StR's) and 1x academic dental public health StR.

Postgraduate Academic Examination:

MClinDent in Restorative Dentistry