BSc (Hons), PGCE, MPH, MPhil, FHEA, FFPH
Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health
I am skilled senior public health professional who has developed a wide portfolio of practical public health experience over the last twenty years.
My particular research interests are in public health (both dental and generic public health), epidemiology, inequalities in health, food, nutrition and health promotion, collaborative working and policy implementation.
I am a public health professional with a breadth of academic and health service experience. Since 1997, I have worked as a Lecturer and now Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health in Cardiff. My post is funded by Welsh Government (WG) to provide an Oral Health Information Unit function for Wales. I add value to this role by contributing to public health research and education. Between 2007 and 2009 I was seconded part-time as public health specialist to WG and am currently performing a similar role for Public Health Wales. Three main themes make up my research interests and hence my list of publications: public health nutrition, which continues my early MPhil research; public health, both generic and dental, and dental epidemiology. More recently, my experience in these areas and my contribution to the evaluation of Designed to Smile, a national child oral health promotion programme, have secured my role as a co-applicant in a large school based randomised controlled trial in caries prevention.
Honours and awards
BSc (Hons), PGCE, MPH, MPhil (dissertation: Antenatal Nutrition Education for low socio-economic groups), FHEA, FFPH
British Association of Coomunity Dentistry (BASCD), Society of Social Medicine (SSM), Faculty of Public Health (FPH), UK Voluntary Public Health Register, Association of Geographical Information
I am a experienced public health educator (in terms of undergraduate and postgraduate dentists, DCPs and also the public health workforce). I have contributed to the strategic direction of the DPH curriculum in Wales to ensure that course objectives reflect GDC guidelines. I contributed to the Modernising Dental Education curriculum changes here at the School and am working to ensure the integration and smooth running of the transition for DPH course content.
I am a successful UG and PG project supervisor. Project proposals have been commended by the Schools Research Ethics Committee as being exemplars of good practice. Most of the UG projects I supervised have achieved 1st class marks; 2 have been awarded prizes in Paediatric Dentistry; 4 have been published in peer reviewed journals and 2 have been used to inform WG policy.
Three main themes make up my research interests and hence my list of publications: public health nutrition, which continues my early MPhil research; public health, both generic and dental, and dental epidemiology. More recently, my experience in these areas and my contribution to the evaluation of Designed to Smile, a national child oral health promotion programme, have secured my role as a co-applicant in a large school based randomised controlled trial in caries prevention.
I am an active member of the Wales Dental Public Health Team, membership includes the CDO, Consultants in DPH and me as a public health specialist with recognised expertise in dental issues. This group provides strategic direction for both service and academic dentistry in Wales. As the lead for the work of the WOHIU, I oversee a national team of 40 community dental service personnel who deliver the oral epidemiology programme. I have written reports (and peer reviewed journal articles) on both the childhood epidemiology and the surveys of care homes in Wales which have been recognised as exemplars of UK-wide good practice by BASCD and are used to drive both Welsh and UK policy. The work of the WOHIU underpins DPH teaching and research in Wales.
WIDER CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNIVERSITY
I am viewed as an expert in dental and wider public health by my peers in the WG, PHW, Local Health Boards, local government and the wider community. In recognition of this I have been invited to work on a number of UK, Wales and Regional committees (e.g. UK Epidemiology Coordinators Group, Welsh Health Analysts Network, Cardiff Food & Physical Fitness Strategy working group).
In 2010 I was invited by the Head of Professional & Organisational Development at PHW to act as a Verifier for the pilot of the Public Health Practitioner Portfolio Scheme
Co-investigator on both the core WOHIU monies (£55K - Ref 504089 2013/14) and on the additional process evaluation grant (£86K Ref 505392 2013-2016) and on the NIHR SoV grant (£1.5M Ref 501017 2011-2016). Also Co-investigator on the NICE project on Local authority strategies to improve oral health, particularly among vulnerable groups £24.5K - Ref 505587 2013/14).