Wendy Thompson



University of Warwick (1990-1994); University of Liverpool taught at UCLAN (2008-2012); University of Leeds (2015-date)


BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Microbial Technology; BDS(Hons)

Work History:

Ministry of Defence in science/policy roles; Lancashire County Council in community engagement; Sedbergh Dental Practice; Health Education England lecture contracts; NICE guideline and standards development groups

Current Job:

Hest Bank Dental Centre (part time general practice dentist); PhD Student University of Leeds


My Interview

Tell us about your work on antimicrobial resistance?

My PhD is about treating urgent dental patients, including optimising antibiotic prescribing. I also teach dentists across England about antimicrobial prescribing and resistance

How does your work make things better for patients?

People coming for urgent dental appointments are often in pain and afraid of what will happen if they aren’t given antibiotics. Some don’t realise that antibiotics have potential risks as well as benefits. So this is about helping people make well informed decisions about dental treatment.

What are the best 3 things you've seen in Primary Healthcare to combat antimicrobial resistance?

The Antibiotic Guardian initiative. The new dental antibiotic toolkit for dentists. PHE Guidelines for managing common infections in primary care.