I currently hold the position of professor and honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry and the Vice Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies and the academic lead for the Unite of Oral Health. I am also the founder and chair of the School of Dentistry and Dental Hospital Research Committee.
I developed a 3-year Professional Doctorate (Level 8) programme in Paediatric Dentistry currently attracting both home and overseas students. The programme is unique in terms of its strong research emphasis as well as its strong clinical training element. My students’ research collaborations extend beyond dentistry into other areas of medicine and psychology.
Clinically, I work both in Liverpool University Dental Hospital at Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, I am one of the founders and core members of the specialist Managed Clinical Network in the Region which allows me to influence service provisions and delivery of dental care to children across primary, secondary and tertiary care systems.
My research focus is on improving the quality of clinical outcome, clinical effectiveness and efficiency, improving patient experience in clinical dental practice. I built my research collaboration and successfully developed a national and international profile in my discipline. I also developed the school of dentistry research strategy and also reinstated the PhD programme in Dental Sciences in Liverpool. Recently I was invited by the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry to work with international colleagues and lead evidence synthesis and workshop to inform the development of European guidance on the management of caries in primary teeth. I am co-investigator on number of NIHR funded clinical trails. I am the Oral & Dental speciality lead for NIHR CRN North West Coast since September 2021.
As part of my leadership roles within the School I continue to lead the Integrated Clinical Academic training which also includes recruitment and career development. This role involves continuous collaborative work with all stakeholders including; NIHR, Health Education England and the hosting clinical placements NHS trusts. I am the clinical lead for the institute of life course and medical sciences and a member of the faculty clinical directorate.
Nationally, I am the President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and a member of the society executive board . I am a member of the royal college of surgeons in Edinburgh speciality advisory board in Paediatric Dentistry and a member of the Membership tri-collegiate examiner board,