Miss Fiona Gilchrist

BDS, MFDS, MClin Dent, MPaed Dent, FDS RCPS (Paeds Dent), FHEA, PhD

School of Clinical Dentistry

Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry

Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry/Lead Paediatric Dentist Trent Regional Cleft Network

+44 114 215 9326

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Miss Fiona Gilchrist
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2007 as a Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry. I completed the first part of my specialist training in Edinburgh in 2006 and then worked as a Senior Registrar at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne for six months before moving to Sheffield. I completed my NHS consultant training in 2009. I was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2012 and completed my PhD in 2015. In 2015 I was appointed Senior Lecturer and took up the role as the Lead Paediatric Dentist for the Trent Regional Cleft Network.

Research interests

During my PhD I developed a measure of oral health-related quality of life for children with dental caries (CARIES-QC). This was developed with children and is being used in clinical trials to determine the impact of interventions for caries and has been translated into a number of languages. More information about the measure can be found here.

My current research interests are focussed around the routine use of patient-reported outcome measures for children and young people. In particular I'm interested in investigating the use of electronic methods for delivery of PROMs to paediatric patients and how the information generated by these can aid clinicians in diagnosis and treatment planning.


Journal articles


  • Gilchrist F & Rogers HJ (2021) Management of Dental Caries in Primary Teeth, BDJ Clinician’s Guides (pp. 83-101). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rodd H & Gilchrist F (2018) History, examination, risk assessment, and treatment planning In Welbury R, Duggal M & Hosey MT (Ed.), Paediatric Dentistry (pp. 31-48). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gilchrist F & Campbell C (2017) Communication and the Use of Language, Dental Fear and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients (pp. 117-136). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


  • Rogers HJ, Gilchrist F, Marshman Z, Rodd HD & Rowen D (2020) Selection and validation of a classification system for a child-centred caries-specific utility measure View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


  • Knapp RJ, Marshman Z, Rodd H, Gilchrist F & Zaitoun H (2018) Impact on Children of Dental Caries and Treatment Under GA. 2018 IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition. RIS download Bibtex download


Teaching interests

I am interested in developing novel digital learning tools to support clinical teaching. I was lucky to take part in the University of Sheffield's Digital Retreat run by Elevate and was able to produce interactive digital scenarios to support student learning using Xerte Online Toolkits. This type of learning material had been requested by students to support their learning in conditions that they may see infrequently, such as dental trauma.

Teaching activities

I am Programme Lead for the Master of and Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry), the Co-Theme Leader for the Oral Cavity in Health and Disease theme (clinical component) and I am the Deputy Clinical Finals Coordinator. I tech throughout the BDS and DH&DT curricula delivering lectures, tutorials and clinical teaching.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Associate Editor, BMC Oral Health (January 2015-present)
  • Chair of the Organising Committee for BSPD conference 2022
  • Research Steering Group CLEFT charity (May 2021-present)
  • External Examiner Queens University, Belfast and University of Glasgow
  • Examiner Membership in Paediatric Dentistry and member OSCE Working Party, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Examiner Membership of the Faculty of Dentistry
  • Member of Paediatric Dentistry Cleft Lip and Palate Clinical Excellence Group
  • Member of the Cleft and Craniofacial ECRG