I am undertaking a KESS2 funded PhD studentship exploring oral health education in general dental practices in the contexts of social and economic deprivation (commenced July 2018).
The aim of this study is to explore how oral health education is conceptualised and delivered within a preventive and health promoting approach which encourages patient self-care.
As well as receiving post-graduate research skills training (MSc Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology) I have experience of research exploring different aspects of health and social care in the primary, secondary and voluntary sectors. My work has involved collaborating with external educational, health, social care, regulatory, and governmental organisations. In my most recent post as a Research Associate at CUREMeDE I worked on studies on professional education, workforce development and skill-mix in healthcare services such as general dental practices, community pharmacies, and optometry.
I regularly present at national and international conferences, including the International Association of Dental Research (where I am a student member of the Education and Behavioral and Social Oral Health Sciences Research Groups) and the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE).
Understanding the Oral Health Professional's Roles in Supporting Patient Self-Care in Contexts of Social and Economic Deprivation
My PhD explores how oral health education is understood and delivered within a preventive and health promoting approach which encourages patient self-care.and how it is received by adult patients.
Given increasing demands on dentistry, socio-economic differences in oral health, and growing emphasis on prevention and patient self-management, there is a need to research how members of the dental team can best support self-care in contexts of social and economic deprivation without unintentially widening inequalities.
Working with my partner organisations Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan University Health Boards, this qualitative study will focus on dental professionals working in NHS general dental practices within the South Wales valleys regions and the views and experiences of the adult patients who attend their practices.
This KESS2-funded PhD is supervised by Prof Alison Bullock at CUREMeDE and Prof Ivor Chestnutt at Cardiff University Dental School.