Prof Janet Clarkson

Extended Project Post (Prof Dental Res)

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Jan Clarkson graduated in dentistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1987 and after 10 years at the University of Manchester, she entered the Specialist List for Paediatric Dentistry and joined the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee. Since 1998 she has been the Effective Dental Practice Programme Director, conducting high quality research and promoting the implementation of research evidence in dental primary care. She is a founding member of the Cochrane Oral Health Group and her role as Joint Co-Ordinating Editor has influenced her research activity. Jan is Director of the Scottish Dental Practice-Based Research Network which has undertaken unique trials in healthcare, both in clinical practice and education. As Lead for Clinical Effectiveness, she is responsible for the development, production and dissemination of guidance in priority areas for dentistry in Scotland and her research focuses on the translation of evidence into practice. Jan was recently appointed as an Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean for NHS Education for Scotland.

Jan holds a 20% appointment as a Clinical Professor in Dental Research at the University of Manchester.


  • 2016 Fellowship, Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeon England (Honorary)
  • 2013 Fellowship, Dental Faculty, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow (Election)
  • 2000 Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching
  • 1998 Fellowship in Dental Surgery Paediatric Dentistry. Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (Examination)
  • 1991 Fellowship in Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (Examination)
  • 1991-1994 Doctor of Philosophy. University of Manchester: Development of a Classification and Index of Dental Treatment Experience
  • 1982-1987 Bachelor of Dental Surgery. University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • 1979-1982 Bachelor of Science (Hons) Physiology. University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Scottish Executive/Government Committees

  • 2016 to date Scottish Government Dental Quality Improvement Committee
  • 2009 to date CSO Speciality Leads Group for Scotland representing Oral and Dental
  • 2006 to date Member of National Dental Advisory Committee
  • 2005 to date Co–Founder Scottish website as a one stop web portal for dental information and knowledge 
  • 2004 to date Director of Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) – responsible for the programmes development team and member of all guidance development groups accountable intellectually to NDAC and fiscally to NES
  • 2010-2015 CSO Research Strategy Advisory Group
  • 2003-2005 Member of Chief Dental Officers Review of Salaried Services in Dentistry
  • 2001-2004 Member of CRAG Clinical Effectiveness Group for Dentistry
  • 2000-2003 Member of Chief Scientists Office Implementation in Primary Care Group

National Clinical Guideline Development Groups

  • 2016/17 Oral Health Management of Patients at Risk of Medication-related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
  • 2016/17 Conscious Sedation in Dentistry
  • 2016 SDCEP Drug Prescribing for Dentistry
  • 2016 SDCEP Decontamination in Dentistry 
  • 2016 SDCEP Practice Support Manual
  • 2015 SDCEP Management of Dental Patients Taking Anticoagulants or Antiplatelet Drugs
  • 2014 SDCEP Prevention and Management of Periodontal Disease in Primary Care
  • 2013 SDCEP Management of Acute Dental Problems
  • 2011 SDCEP Bisphosphonates
  • 2011 SDCEP Oral Health Assessment
  • 2012 SDCEP Emergency Dental Care
  • 2012 SDCEP Conscious Sedation in Dentistry Group
  • 2010 SDCEP Managing Childhood Caries
  • 2013 SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network) Guideline Development Group, Prevention and Management of Dental Decay Child Update
  • 2006 UK Childhood Cancer Support Group Oral Care Guideline Development Group
  • 2005 SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network) Guideline Development Group, Prevention and Management of Dental Decay in the Pre-School Child
  • 2004 NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Guideline Development Group, Dental Recall Intervals
  • 2002 SIGN Guideline Development Group, Long-term Effects of Childhood Cancer
  • 2001 Faculty of General Dental Practitioners Guideline Group, Examination and Record Keeping

National Committees

  • 2017 to date Chair of the Award Subcommittee and a member of the 2017-2018 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award Committee
  • 2015 to date Healthcare Improvement Scotland Quality Collaborative 
  • 2014 to date NHS Education for Scotland Executive
  • 2013 to date National Quality in Dentistry Committee
  • 2012 to date National Dental Research Strategy Group
  • 2009 to dateNational Dental Advisory Committee
  • 2009 to dateNES Patient Safety Multi Disciplinary Steering Group
  • 2009 to dateScottish Lead Oral and Dental Speciality Group NIHR
  • 2008-2011Member NES Research Executive
  • 2005-2011Member, Dental Executive, NHS Education for Scotland
  • 2001-2008NES Representative for Royal College Accreditation of Training
  • 2001-2004Scottish Dental Assessment Project
  • 2001Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medicine and Dentistry Dental SHO Record of Progress and Achievement Development Group
  • 1995–1998Trainees in Paediatric Dentistry – SAC Representative

Editor and Editorial Board

  • 2013 to date Editorial Board Community Dental Health
  • 2010 to date Associate Editor Biomed Central Trials
  • 2007 to date Associate Editor Caries Research – clinical trials
  • 2007 to date Implementation Science Biomed Central
  • 2006 to date Editorial Board Member Journal of Dental Research
  • 2004 to date Editorial Board Member, Evidence Based Dentistry Journal
  • 2000-2005 Advisory Board Member, Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
  • 2000-2004 Co-editor, TUITH On-line Journal, Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network
  • 1996 to date Editor Cochrane Oral Health Group, Cochrane Collaboration and from 2009 – Co- ordinating Editor


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