Dr Tom Dyer
BChD(Hons), FDS RCS, DDPH RCS, MPH, FDS(DPH)RCS, PhD
School of Clinical Dentistry
Senior Clinical Teacher in Dental Public Health
Full contact details
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
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.
- An Evaluation of a Practice-Based Minor Oral Surgery Service. Primary Dental Journal, 7(3), 30-37.
- The acceptability of healthcare: from satisfaction to trust. Community Dental Health, 33, 1-10. View this article in WRRO
- The acceptability of care provided by dental auxiliaries. The Journal of the American Dental Association, 147(4), 244-254.
- The acceptability of care delegation in skill-mix: The salience of trust. Health Policy, 117(2), 170-178.
- A five-year evaluation of an NHS dental practice-based specialist minor oral surgery service. Community Dental Health, 30(4), 219-226.
- What matters to patients when their care is delegated to dental therapists?. British Dental Journal, 214(6), E17-E17.
- General and vague. British Dental Journal, 213(11), 540-541.
- The influence of population oral health on the dental team. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 40, 16-21.
- What do we really know about UK paediatric dental general anaesthesia services?. British Dental Journal, 212(4), 165-167.
- What influences the use of dental services by adults in the UK?. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 40(4), 306-314. View this article in WRRO
- Summary of: Delivering alcohol screening and alcohol brief interventions within general dental practice: rationale and overview of the evidence. British Dental Journal, 210(9), 420-421.
- Access to dental services for people with learning disabilities: Quality care?. Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 12(1), 17-27.
- An evaluation of paediatric dental general anaesthesia in Yorkshire and the Humber. British Dental Journal, 209(12), E20-E20.
- The oral health of adults in Yorkshire and Humber 2008. British Dental Journal, 209(6), E9-E9.
- People with learning disabilities and specialist services. British Dental Journal, 208(5), 203-205.
- Public awareness and social acceptability of dental therapists. British Dental Journal, 208(1), E2-E2.
- A health equity methodology for auditing oral health and NHS General Dental Services in Sheffield, England. Community Dental Health, 27(2), 68-73.
- Evaluation of an NHS practice-based minor oral surgery service. British Dental Journal, 207(12), 577-582.
- Public awareness and social acceptability of dental therapists. International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 7(2), 108-114.
- The modified dental anxiety scale: UK general public population norms in 2008 with further psychometrics and effects of age. BMC Oral Health, 9(1). View this article in WRRO
- School-based epidemiological surveys and the impact of positive consent requirements. British Dental Journal, 205(11), 589-592.
- Exploring the social acceptability of skill-mix in dentistry. International Dental Journal, 58(4), 173-180.
- General health promotion in general dental practice — The involvement of the dental team Part 2: A qualitative and quantitative investigation of the views of practice principals in South Yorkshire. British Dental Journal, 201(1), 45-51.
- General health promotion in general dental practice — The involvement of the dental team Part 1: A review of the evidence of effectiveness of brief public health interventions. British Dental Journal, 200(12), 679-685.
- Foreign bodies and radiographs. British Dental Journal, 182(6), 208-208.
- The Self-Reported Oral Health Status and Dental Attendance of Smokers and Non-Smokers in England. PLOS ONE, 11(2), e0148700-e0148700. View this article in WRRO
- Dental auxiliaries for dental care traditionally provided by dentists. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
- 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
- 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.