Originally from Fiji, I have settled in England since 2002 and served in the British Army until 2010. Since 2013, I joined the Dental Clinical Research Facility (Dental CRF) at the Newcastle upon Tyne Dental Hospital.
I am currently the Senior research dental nurse. My primary role is to support a wide range of NIHR portfolio research studies. I also have additional responsibilities as the nominated Oral and Dental link person which sits within the newly reformed NIHR PPI CRF group.
As a Dental Care Professional my role also involves working in collaboration with a large multidisciplinary research group at the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, and the wider CRF mainly comprising of clinicians, academics and microbiologists. In 2019, I completed the MSc Clinical research programme, part-time, to further develop my career in research methodology.
My current research involvement has been in light with the issues surrounding COVID-19 pandemic and the implications it has on dentistry. I continue to assist in both quantitative and qualitative research studies and am joint co-author on several research project publications (British Medical Journal, Journal of Dentistry).
Research dental nurse at Dental CRF
My MSc project was funded via a Dental Care Professional research award (October 2018).
1. Exploring the use of mouth guards in Muay Thai: a questionnaire survey. Pickering K, Bissett S M, Holliday R, Vernazza C, Preshaw P M. BDJ Open 2020; 6: 20. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Evaluating aerosol and splatter following dental procedures: Addressing new challenges for oral health care and rehabilitation James R. Allison, Charlotte C. Currie, David C. Edwards, Charlotte Bowes, Jamie Coulter, Kimberley Pickering, Ekaterina Kozhevnikova, Justin Durham, Christopher J. Nile https://doi.org/10.1111/joor.13098