The Return Project Team in Liverpool

A team of researchers based in Liverpool work on this project.

LLeft to right sitting: Manrose Ghotra (dentist), Marieke van der Zande (sociologist), Victoria Lowers (research associate), Rebecca Harris (project lead), Amy Humphries (trial coordinator). Left to right standing: Richard Cooke (psychologist), Girvan Burnside (senior statistician), Emma Bedson (senior trial manager), Helen Rowe (administrator), Margaret Stanley (patient and public representative), Ashley Best (statistician).

Also involved in the project are dental public health researchers in the University of Dundee, Jan Clarkson and Ruth Freeman, a health economist in the University of Exeter, Claire Hulme and a sociologist in Newcastle University, Cath Exley.

Meet the Liverpool Team

Professor Rebecca Harris

Professor Rebecca Harris

Rebecca is a dentist by background and has done a lot of research work in the past about dental services. She is the project lead or Chief Investigator
“There has been so much research over the years which simply describes the problem. This is a real opportunity to actually develop and test out something to help people” Rebecca Harris, Chief Investigator
Victoria Lowers

Victoria Lowers

Victoria is a researcher with a background in psychology and has worked in the area of dental research for 4 years. She is the Programme Manager.
Dr Marieke van der Zande

Dr Marieke van der Zande

Marieke is a sociologist who has done a number of studies involving interviews about dental and general health care. She is leading on the interviews with people who attend urgent dental services when they have a dental problem, and seeing what happens in local dental practices and the Liverpool Dental Hospital, where they attend.
Margaret Stanley

Margaret Stanley

Margaret has a background in teaching. She is the Patient and Public Representative. She works with local communities to find out what they think about visiting the dentist, and what is stopping people from going.
Manrose Ghotra

Manrose Ghotra

Manrose qualified as a dentist from Liverpool University. He is leading the training of dental teams who are taking part in this study. This includes staff working in the Dental Hospital and in local dental practices which provide urgent dental care.
Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson

Samantha has a background in psychology and works as a Research Assistant for the RETURN project. She works with local communities to find out what they think about the intervention.
Helen Rowe

Helen Rowe

Helen’s background is in financial administration. She has provides administrative and financial support to a number of research projects at the University. She is the Project Administrator for the RETURN project.
Dr Emma Bedson

Dr Emma Bedson

Emma has worked in trials for many years and she is the Senior Trial Manager for the RETURN study.
Dr Girvan Burnside

Dr Girvan Burnside

Girvan is a senior lecturer in Biostatistics, and has over 20 years’ experience working in medical and dental research, primarily in clinical trials.
Ashley Best

Ashley Best

Ashley is a statistician at the Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre. He is the trial statistician and will analyse the data collected during the study.
Dr Richard Cooke

Dr Richard Cooke

Richard is a health psychologist and has done lots of research work around people’s motivations to attend preventive health screening services, including the NHS Health Checks programme.

The Return Project Collaborators

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This study/project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) [PGfAR project reference RP-PG-0616-20004]. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.