Miss Morag Powell
Lecturer in Dental Therapy & Hygiene
Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)
I have 30 years experience as a Dental Hygienist (1992) and more recently graduating as a Dental Therapist (2011, RCSEd). During my career, I have experience working in private general dental practice; working within the dental trade and delivering post graduate education both nationally and internationally. I am passionate about sharing my clinical, business and educational experiences that I have gained throughout my career with the future generations of clinicians.
In 2016 I took the decision to come into full time academia, initially with the University of the Highlands & Islands and now at Peninsula Dental School, where I lecture across BSc Dental Therapy and Bachelor Dental Surgery programmes.
My current roles within the University of Plymouth include: Dental Therapy and Hygiene Year 3 Lead, module lead for the final year clinical module and co-OSCE lead. I am a member of the Peninsula Dental School’s Equality SAT .
I have an interested in EDI, inter-professional learning and student and staff wellbeing.
1992 Diploma Dental Hygiene (Central Examining Board)
2011 Diploma Dental Therapy (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh)
2014 BSc (Hons) Dental Studies (University of Central Lancashire)
2018 PG Cert Clinical Pedagogy (University of the Highlands & Islands)
2022 MSc (Research) Health Professions Education (University of Glasgow)
British Society of Dental Hygienist and Therapists
British Association of Dental Therapists
Member of the Faculty of Dental Trainers Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
Associate member of College of General Dentistry
Association of Dental Education in Europe
Roles on external bodies
Steering group member of the Association of Dental Education in Europe Community of Practice in wellbeing and resilience
Chair of South West branch British Association of Dental Hygienists and Therapists
I am involved in delivering undergraduate education to the BSc Dental Therapy and Bachelor in Dental Surgery students in the Simulation Dental Learning Environment; the clinical environment and face to face, online and blended formats of plenaries and workshops within the Dental school.
Outside of my role at the university, I have been delivering post graduate education within the dental sector since 2010 focusing on most aspects of the scope of practice of the Dental Hygienist and Therapist, including clinical examination, caries recognition and diagnosis; prevention; periodontal instrumentation, the management of periodontal diseases and the management of peri-implant diseases.
Staff serving as external examiners
Examiner Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
External examiner for University of Central Lancashire
My research interests are in dental education, student wellbeing and EDI.
The perceived impact of COVID 19 pandemic on Dental Hygiene and Therapy students' mental wellbeing - a qualitative study.
Powell, M., McColl, E. (2022) The importance of developing a growth mindset for the dental team. BDJ Team 9, 24–27. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41407-022-1686-0
Powell, M., McColl, E.(2022) Top tips for team working - effective utilisation of Dental Therapists. BDJ Team 9,28–32. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41407-022-1601-8
Powell, M., McColl, E.(2022) Top tips for team working- effective utilisation of Dental Therapists.British Dental Journal 233,74-78.https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-022-4541-y
Powell, M. (2019) How to tackle work stress. Dental Nursing. 15 (1) https://doi.org/10.12968/denn.2019.15.1.10
Powell, M. (2016) How to tackle dental stress. Scottish Dental Magazine. P53-55. https://www.sdmag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Scottish-Dental-Jul16.pdf
Powell, M. (2014) Is Glycine Air Abrasion effective in the treatment of peri-implant diseases? Oral Health Dent Management. 2014, 13:2. http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2247-2452.S1.002
Powell, M (2022) Peninsula Dental School Equality pledges. Engaging Dental Therapy and Hygiene students in culture change. Association for Dental Educators conference. 24-26 August, 2022. Palma. Available from https://api.ltb.io/show/ABPLS (Short oral presentation and e-poster - awarded best e-poster presentation in faculty development)
Powell, M (2014) Is glycine air abrasion effective in the treatment of peri-implant diseases. 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Dental & Oral Health. April 21-23, 2014 Crown Plaza, Dubai, UAE Available from https://www.longdom.org/conference-abstracts-files/2247-2452-S1.002-014.pdf (Short oral presentation)
Powell, M. (2016) How to tackle dental stress. Scottish Dental Magazine [online] https://www.sdmag.co.uk/2016/08/02/how-to-tackle-dental-stress/
Powell, M. (2015) Revolutionising dentistry. [online] https://dentistry.co.uk/2015/04/01/revolutionising-dentistry/
Powell, M (2013) Scaling new heights. [online] https://dentistry.co.uk/2013/10/02/scaling-new-heights/
Powell, M. (2022) S3 guidance: Practical tips in implementing national S3 guidance in practice. British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, South West Regional Conference, Plymouth (online).
Powell, M. (2021) Polyvagal theory. British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, South West Regional Conference, Plymouth (online).
Powell, M. (2019) Update in dental implant care. DHT-UK symposium, Newcastle.
Powell, M. (2018) Refresher course: Essential skills for the modern dental care professional. Inverness/Dumfries (video linked).
Powell, M. (2017) Update in the treatment of periodontal disease. New Zealand Dental Hygienist Conference, Wellington New Zealand.
Powell, M. (2017) Periodontal instrumentation workshop. New Zealand Dental Hygienist Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
Powell, M. (2017) Refresher course: An update for Hygienist and Therapists. Inverness/Dumfries (video linked).
Powell, M. (2016) Caries Recognition and Diagnosis. British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists, Scottish Regional Conference, Glasgow.
Powell, M. (2015) Periodontal instrumentation, Dental Hygienist Conference, Poprad, Slovakia.
Powell, M. (2015) Implant maintenance, Dental Hygienist Conference, Poprad, Slovakia.
Powell, M. (2015) Cementitis or Peri-implantitis? Hygienist & Therapist Symposium, Dentistry Show, Birmingham.
Powell, M. (2014) Update in the treatment of periodontal disease. Aberdeen Hygienist and Therapist study club. Aberdeen.
Powell, M. (2014) Caries diagnosis & recognition. Aspiradent. Cardiff.
Powell, M. (2014) The exam appointment, Caries diagnosis & recognition. Aspiradent. Leeds.
Powell, M. (2014) Implant care & maintenance. Aspiradent. Manchester.
Powell, M. (2014) Implant care & maintenance. Aspiradent. London.
Powell, M. (2014) Implant care & maintenance. Aspiradent. Cardiff.
Powell, M. (2013) Periodontal instrumentation. Aberdeen Hygienist and Therapist study club. Aberdeen.