Dr Tom Dyer


School of Clinical Dentistry

Senior Clinical Teacher in Dental Public Health


Full contact details

Dr Tom Dyer
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

I qualified in dentistry from the University of Leeds in 1990.  I worked predominantly in resident oral surgery posts for the first five years of my career.  For the next five, I mixed hospital oral surgery with general dental practice and some work in the community dental service and was appointed to the specialist list in oral surgery in 1998.  I completed specialist training in dental public health in 2005 and have worked as part-time lecturer in dental public health in an honorary or substantive capacity since 2002.  I was awarded my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2015.  I was appointed as a part-time Senior Clinical Teacher in 2020.  I continue to work clinically in two dental practices as an oral surgeon. 

Research interests

My main research interests relate to the use of skill-mix in dentistry and service evaluation.

My PhD was a portfolio of four complementary projects that considered the acceptability of the use of skill-mix in dentistry.  This was a mixed-methods study and comprised two qualitative and two quantitative studies, including a Cochrane systematic review.  Collectively they assessed the public’s and patient’s views on being treated by dental hygienists and therapists in the UK and elsewhere and what influences these views.

I have also undertaken a number of service evaluations of specialist oral surgery services delivered from dental practice.  These included a range of data using mixed-methods, with a focus on lay evaluation using patient satisfaction measures and qualitative approaches.


Journal articles

Research group

Population and Person-Centred Oral Health Group (PAPOR)

Teaching activities

I teach undergraduate dental students, dental hygiene/therapy students and on the Masters in Dental Public Health programme. My main teaching interests include quality in dental care, use of skill-mix and public health approaches to the prevention of disease.

I am also module lead for Dental Public Health - Application and Critique CDH605

Professional activities and memberships
  • Journal referee for Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, Community Dental Health, British Dental Journal and International Dental Journal.
  • Past President and council member of the South Yorkshire Branch of the British Dental Association
  • Member of British Association of the Study of Community Dentistry
  • Member of the British Association of Oral Surgery

I work as an oral surgeon in two dental practices providing specialist NHS care on referral from other practitioners.  I maintain an interest in the evaluation of the services I provide, the reports of which have been published in peer reviewed journals. One of the practices is a Foundation Training practice where I contribute to the training of three trainees.