NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Senior Dental Officer, Specialist in Special Care Dentistry.
Place of work / study:
Newcastle University (Academic), North Cumbria (Clinical).
Area of Research:
Dental Care Decision Making in Dementia.
How is your work funded:
NIHR Doctoral Fellowship
Tell us a little about yourself:
I moved to Newcastle in 2017 with the view of a relatively brief stay to complete my clinical training. We quickly realised it was a brilliant place to live and work so bought a house and started a family. It’s been a fast-paced ever-changing few years and it’s tricky keeping on top of everything, but I wouldn’t want things to be any different.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I once ended up playing bass guitar on stage at the NEC with just two hours’ notice. It did not go well.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Looking after people living with dementia quite quickly became a regular but significant challenge in the Community Dental Services where I’m based. Dementia impacts dental health and care in so many ways with people living with dementia having far worse oral health and more complex pain identification and management. I quickly realised there was little evidence to support patients, carers or dentists in making these decisions and wanted to try and help make this process easier and more patient-centred for all involved.