Oral Health-White Rose Consortium (OH-WRC)

Understanding ‘Raised in Yorkshire’ (RiY): its wider influence on health and life opportunities and it’s potential for scalability.

Health Need: Dental decay (caries) has a significant impact on children (pain, difficulties eating and sleeping) which reduces their educational attendance and performance. Yorkshire has the UK’s second worse prevalence of caries; 1 in 3 five-year-olds start school with caries.

RAISED in Yorkshire  (RiY) uses volunteer University staff and students train sixth formers (aged 16-18 years) as peer-to-peer Oral Health (OH) educators who deliver RiY o pupils aged 7-9 in local feeder primary. Currently RiY is a small-scale proof of concept trial internally funded by Pavitt. It is in its fourth year of delivery within one Yorkshire community (Batley); a region of high social deprivation, oral and health inequality and ethnic diversity.

AIM: To assemble a OH-WRC with interdisciplinary expertise to develop a strategic plan to scale-up RiY from its proof-of-concept to achieve robustly designed/competitive large external funding proposal(s) to evaluate a multi-community RiY programme.

OBJECTIVE: OH-WRC will bring together early career researchers(ECR), interdisciplinary academics and key stakeholders involved in RiY to understand how the RiY complex intervention works in the Batley Community.  This will identify key components/refinements of the RiY complex intervention essential for successful scalability.

Lead Academics at Lead Institution – co-led 

Dr Julia Csikar, Dental Public Health

Dr Karen Vinall-Collier, Dental Public Health

Academic Oversight:

Prof Sue Pavitt, Dental Translational Clinical Research Unit (DenTCRU);  Lead for Raised in Yorkshire

Lead Academics at other two Universities:

University of Sheffield

Prof Zoe Marshman, Oral Health, Dentistry and Society

Prof Sarah Baker, Oral Health, Dentistry and Society

University of York

Prof Catherine Hewitt, York Trials Unit

Prof David Torgerson, York Trials Unit

Other staff associated with this project

Early Career Researchers:

University of Leeds:

Abigail Turner, DenTCRU

Dr Sophy Barber, DenTCRU

Dr Alaa Bani-Hani, Paediatric Dentistry

Adam Smith, Oral Surgery

Dr Josh Twigg, Restorative Dentistry

Zhain Mustuvi, Restorative Dentistry

Staff: Fiona Heffron, DenTCRU

University of Sheffield:

Adam Holder, Academic Clinical Fellow

Dr Jennifer Kettle, School of Clinical Dentistry

University of York:

Hannah Ainsworth, York Trials Unit

Dr Heather Leggett, York Trials Unit

The collaboration will work with the following partners to understand Raised in Yorkshire’s influence on health and life opportunities in its current setting and ensure we address the key components when considering scale ability:


Batley Girls’ High School and BBEST schools collaboration:

David Cooper (Co-Head teacher)

Sarah Milnes (STEM Lead)

Born in Bradford:

Professor Mark Mon-Williams, Healthy Learning theme lead for ActEARLY

Dr Maria Bryant, Lead for Born & Bred in Leeds

Public Health England:

Dr Jenny Godson MBE, National Lead for Oral Health Improvement

Applied Performance and Head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries:

Professor Alice O’Grady

Theatre of Debate:

Nigel Townsend, Artistic Director

Leeds City Council:

Jackie Moores, Advanced Health

Improvement Specialist Early Years

SMILEAIDER PPIE Forum (Stakeholder Meaningful Involvement and Engagement Aiding Dental Research):

Richard Boards, Chair

Open Wide (University of Leeds, undergraduate-led community outreach in schools):

Holly Davis, Chair

Erin Giles, (Paediatric Dentistry) Clinical Oversight


Yorkshire and the Humber NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Y&H NIHR-ARC:

Dr Peter Day

Sheffield Oral Health Promotion Team:

Joanne Charlesworth, Manager

Smile Squad, University of Sheffield:

Professor Zoe Marshman, Academic lead.

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