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- Bachelor of Dental Surgery
- Member of Faculty of Dental Surgery
- Master of Dental Public Health (Distinction)
- Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (Dental Public Health) RCPS(Glasg)
Niall qualified with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2013 from the University of Dundee. He has completed foundation and core training in a range of dental specialities including General Dental Practice, Paediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Restorative Dentistry and Community Dentistry. Niall’s final year of core training was spent working with the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme as the first Dental Core Trainee in Quality Improvement and Clinical Practice. In 2015 he became a Member by examination of the Faculty of Dental Surgery.
He completed higher specialty training in Dental Public Health with NHS Fife/NHS Lothian in July 2022, during which he completed the Degree of Master of Dental Public Health with Distinction. He is a Fellow (Dental Public Health) by examination of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He was appointed as Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public in August 2022.
Niall holds an Honorary appointment with NHS Tayside as Consultant in Dental Public Health. His role is to provide strategic dental public health advice to senior colleagues on topics such as service evaluation, health improvement, and health protection related to dentistry. Further to this he provides clinical leadership for national oral health improvement programmes that are hosted at the University of Dundee.
- Top 20 Young Scot of the Year 2019 20/20 Vision: Scottish Review’s Young Scots of the Year 2019
‘Our biennial celebration of 20 people in their 20s who are involved in remarkable work
- Winner Young Achiever, Scottish Health Awards 2017, NHS Scotland/Scottish Government.
‘This award is for an individual aged 30 years or younger on 1 November 2017 who has demonstrated outstanding achievement as part of their working life.’
- Winner Postgraduate Award 2015, Best voluntary scheme to promote & deliver improvements in oral health, Association of Dental Groups.
‘This ADG prize is open to all post-graduate dental students and dentists undertaking postgraduate training who have a dental degree. The project must be within the UK and focused on one of two issues of significant concern, namely either improving access for disadvantaged people or building awareness of oral cancers and the need for early diagnosis’.
- Winner Voluntary Service Award 2014, Celebrating Success Awards, NHS Lothian.
‘This award recognises an outstanding and committed individual or team who gives their time to help improve the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and their families and carers in NHS Lothian either through service or raising funds’.
- Winner The Ben Walton Trust Award 2013,
‘Undergraduate student of excellence who has demonstrated a commitment to improve awareness on mouth cancer amongst the student body and or the general public, The Ben Walton Trust’.
Niall’s research interests include early detection and prevention of oral cancer, inclusion oral health, and epidemiology of Cleft Lip and Palate. He is particularly interested in developing networks and research capacity in Head and Neck Cancer to drive down mortality and incidence.
In 2020 Niall was awarded a scholarship at the University of Dundee to undertake a period of research (PhD) focused on developing to role of mouth self examination in detecting oral cancer.
Niall teaches Dental Public Health on our Undergraduate BDS and OHS programmes. He also provides teaching to our Master in Dental Public Health students, which includes direct content delivery, dissertation supervision, and assessment throughout the course.
Niall also delivers teaching to primary care dental teams on the early detection of oral cavity cancer throughout the year
Artists, dentists, public health experts and addiction workers have collaborated with people with lived experience of drugs to create a series of comics that examine the impact of substance use on oral health.