Colgate Robin Davies Awards

Colgate Robin Davies DCP Awards

Colgate and the Oral & Dental Research Trust offer awards for research conducted by Dental Care Professionals (DCP).  The awards honour Professor Robin Davies’ contribution to dental research.

A maximum of four awards, of up to £5000 each, will be made on the basis of an application for support of investigations of clinical relevance, particularly in the field of preventive care. Whilst the applicant must be a DCP, it is anticipated that a research team will be formed to include a mentor or supervisor with an established research record.

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Applications should consist of no more than two A4 pages summarising the background, aims and methodology of the research proposal and the role to be played by the applicant in the study. The way in which the award will support the investigation must be specified, together with details of the funding requested, including a breakdown of what the award will be used for.

2020 Award Winners

Abigail Turner – Leeds University

Claire McCarthy – KCL

Jennifer Malpass – University of Portsmouth

2019 Award Winners

Laura Brady, Dental Therapist

Laura is investigating the acceptability and implementation of digital photography to inform and motivate patients in NHS dental practice. Laura said the Robin Davies Award will enable her to improve her knowledge and skills in protocol development, understand the processes involved in research in a multi-site team-based project and be part of a journey that takes research from idea generation to actual impact on a larger scale.

Louise Belfield, Dental Nurse
Louise is investigating periodontal disease and angiogenesis: identifying a modifiable risk factor for oral cancer. Louise shared that the Robin Davies Award will allow her to use her full skill set as a DCP and scientist to conduct research along all stages of a transitional project. It will also allow her to gather laboratory data, concurrently building a track record of project management and student supervision, to build towards a clinical project proposal.

Janani Sivabalan, Dual qualified Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist
Janani is investigating a pilot project to assess the acceptability and effectiveness of a dental walk-in clinic for homeless people at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy. Janani mentioned the Robin Davies Award will offer the possibility to provide a service for socially disadvantaged groups with potential to further understand the impact of this dental health intervention on the Quality of Life for homeless people in Portsmouth.

Samantha Glover, Dental Nurse

Samantha was unable to attend so her award was accepted by her supervisor Linda Hillman. Samantha is investigating the identification of barriers to dental care for adults living with dementia in residential care. Samantha stated that the Robin Davies Award will allow her to explore the issues around oral health and dental access for those living in care homes. It will also enable her to draw some conclusions and recommendations that could be used to improve daily oral health routines and improve access to dentistry.

2018 Award Winners

The importance of DCP research

DCPs and research in general dental practiceThe BDJ recently published an article about the importance of DCP research in general dental practice.  The abstract can be found here.

They have also kindly permitted us to reproduce page one of the paper (please click on the image).


2017 Award Winners

Ms Joanne Brindley – Senior Dental Care Professional Teaching Fellow – University of Portsmouth

Ms Mphathisi Ncube – Senior Dental Nurse Manager – Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Sue Hadley Senior Dental Nurse, DCP Tutor – University of Portsmouth Dental Academy.

2016 Award Winners

DCP Research Awards 2016 at Manchester Central. 26.05.16

Dental Nurse delivered Child Oral Health promotion in NHS General Dental Practice: Nicole Allen, Hafren House dental practice in Alfreton Derbyshire

DCP Research Awards 2016 at Manchester Central. 26.05.16

ACCOLaDE:  AntibaCterial presCribing & OraL Health practice: The Leeds Dental Extraction Study: Ashna Chavda and Gillian Dukanovic, Leeds Dental Institute

 2015 Award Winners

Identifying key strategies to improve access to general dental care for children with autistic spectrum disorders: Nicole Thomas, University of Exeter (£4,511)

Periodontal health in patients with high risk chronic kidney disease (CKD): a prospective longitudinal study: Amneet Sidhu, University of Birmingham (£1,604)

Life course determinants of dental caries in five year old children: Jennifer Owens, University of Leeds (£3,885)

2014 Award Winners

An evaluation of the pre-registration education and training needs and subsequent provision of trainee / student dental nurses and the implication in the dental workforce in North Wales: Fiona Sandom, Cardiff University (£790)

Oral health, dental pain and their relationship to opioid use and relapse among a homeless population: Faye Greenhaigh, Revive Dental Care, Monton (£3,850)

A study to investigate the effect of dental anxiety on attention bias using colour naming stroop task: K C Sukruti, Pure Periodontics, London (£3,000)

2013 Award Winners

‘An Evaluation of the learning needs of Dental Care Professionals to enable them to carry out extended duties’.  Fiona Sandom – Dental Hygienist/Therapist and Therapist Tutor for North Wales, Cardiff University Dental Postgraduate Education Department

‘A questionnaire survey exploring the knowledge and attitudes of UK healthcare professionals involved in the management of diabetes towards the links between diabetes and periodontitis’. Susan Bissett – Research Dental Hygienist and Team Lead of the Dental Clinical Research Facility, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University

‘Can Dental Care Professionals screen for oral malignancy and pre-malignancy: a diagnostic test accuracy study’.  Christine Cotton – Dental Hygienist/Therapist and BSc Oral Health Science Lead, School of Dentistry, University of Manchester.

2012 Award Winners

To investigate dental hygienists perception of the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in general dental practice.  Hayley Lawrence, Chase Side Dental Practice (£5000)

Periodontal health in people with chronic kidney disease.  Miss A Sidhu, University of Birmingham (£5000)

Attitudes to caries prevention and implementation of minimally invasive dentistry techniques by dental therapists in the UK.  Louise Evans, Cardiff University (£5000)

2011 Award Winners

A practice based study to explore the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Saudi Arabians in relation to oral health.  Christina Chatfield, Dental Health Spa, Brighton (£3,575)

To develop and deliver alcohol training to dental hygiene and dental therapy students, evaluate the training and gain feedback from local alcohol services.  Julia Csikar, The Leeds Dental Institute (£4,250)

Pilot scale evaluation study of a dental sealant. Laura Rose Brady, Hafren House (£4,750)

2010 Award Winners

Salivary diagnostics in dental primary care.  Lisa Pope, Hafren House Dental Practice (£2,450)

The use of dental care professionals in the implementation of Delivering Better Oral Health: an evidence based toolkit for prevention.  Baldeesh Chana and David Martin, BADT (£2,500)

Communication and adherence with oral hygiene.  Hayley Lawrence, The Dental Practice, St Johns Wood. (£2,500)

Kerry Stone, University of Newcastle (£2,300)

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