Deborah White qualified with a BDS from the Victoria University of Manchester in 1976 and following experience in general dental practice and industrial dentistry, worked for many years in the Community Dental Service. Following a period of part-time study, she was awarded a Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1989 and a MCDH from the University of Birmingham in 1991.
Deborah joined the University of Birmingham in 1993 as a part-time researcher and moved on to become a full time member of staff in 1999. She completed her PhD in 2000 and, as Head of Dental Public Health, has research interests in dental epidemiology and health services research.
Deborah undertakes clinical teaching and clinical work in the salaried dental services in Birmingham. She also has a keen interest in dental team training, having been an examiner for the national dental nursing certificate as well as having a quality assurance role with the University of Birmingham BSc in Dental Hygiene and Therapy.
Child Dental Health Survey 2013 – a national study of children’s dental health in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is being undertaken by a consortium including the Office for National Statistics and other Dental Institutions. This is the fifth in a series of studies which provide a picture of the changing and improving oral health in children.
Adult Dental Health Survey 2009 – a national collaborative study of the current status of dental health of UK adults. This study is the fifth in a series of national dental surveys carried out every ten years since 1968. These surveys have provided an important picture of the improvements in oral health throughout the UK population.
Career progression and practising location of dentists – work has been undertaken to look at West Midlands’ dentists and the location of their practice and graduation. In addition factors affecting their choice of type and location of job have been identified. Geographical Information Systems have been used to identify the influence of dental schools on the practising locations of dentists. This builds on work that Deborah undertook for her PhD using GIS as a tool to analyse dental information.
Referral practices – work has been undertaken to investigate patterns of patient referrals from primary to secondary dental care and to identify relevant patient and dentist factors which are linked to high and low referral rates.
Watt RG, Steele JG, Treasure ET, White DA, Pitts NB, Murray JJ. Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: implications of findings for clinical practice and oral health policy. Br Dent J (2013) 214(2): 71-5
White DA, Tsakos G, Pitts NB, Fuller E, Douglas GVA, Murray JJ, Steele JG.Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: common oral health conditions and their impact on the population. Brit Dent J (2012) 213(11): 567-572
Tomson MAH, White DA, Morris AJ. Professional careers of graduates from one UK dental school. Community Dent Health (2012) 29(3): 252-256
Roskell C, White D, Bonner C. Developing patient-centred care in health professionals: reflections on introducing service-learning into the curriculum. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (2012) 19 (8) 448-456
Hill KB, Burke FJ, Brown J, Macdonald EB, Morris AJ, White DA, Murray K. Dental practitioners and ill health retirement: a qualitative investigation into the causes and effects. Br Dent J (2010) 209(5): E8
Brown J, Burke FJ, Macdonald EB, Gilmour H, Hill KB, Morris AJ, White DA, Muirhead EK, Murray K. Dental practitioners and ill health retirement: causes, outcomes and re-employment. Br Dent J (2010) 209(5): E7
Hill KB, Morris AJ, White DA, McHugh S, Atwal R, Burke FJT. A comparison of Personal Dental Service (PDS) and General Dental Service (GDS) patients in terms of reported interventions, oral health and dentists’ perceptions. Community Dent Health (2009) 26(3): 170-176
McCormick RJ, Smith R, Edwards D, White D, Langford J. The distribution of general dental practitioners with NHS contract numbers in relation to the distance of their practices from the seven dental undergraduate teaching hospitals in England outside London. Community Dental Health (2008) 25: 201-204
Oliver R, Kersten H, Vinkka-Puhakka H, Alpasan G, Bearn D, Cema I, Delap E, Dummer P, Goulet JP, Gugushe T, Jeniati E, Jerolimov V, Kotsanos N, Krifka S, Levy G, Neway M, Ogawa T, Saag M, Sidlauskas A, Skaleric U, Vervoon M, White D. Curriculum Structure: principles and strategy. European Journal of Dental Education (2008) 12(Supp1): 74-84.